I may be a healthy living blogger (over at Healthy Tipping Point), but that doesn’t mean I always liked vegetables. In fact, when I was in my early 20s, I absolutely hated them – mostly because I had no idea how to work them into my diet. While some people love steamed veggies, I find them bland and unpalatable. While others can munch on carrot sticks in lieu of potato chips, I’ll… well, I’ll take the potato chips. Basically, more often than not, I’ve got to sneak in my veggies.
Here are my 4 simple ways to sneak in more veggies – and make them taste amazing.
Veggie Sneak #1: Throw a few handfuls of raw spinach or kale into your blender while making your fruit smoothie. I promise that you can’t really taste the spinach (kale is a bit more bitter, but it’s still good). It does turn your smoothies a wonderful green or brown color, though!
Veggie Sneak #2: When serving up spaghetti, put a layer of spinach or arugula on your place and then top with the pasta. The warm pasta will naturally wilt the greens, making it the perfect complement to your sauce.
Veggie Sneak #3: Do you like to eat yogurt and granola in the morning? Instead of a fruit, add a veggie, like a chilled and cubed sweet potato or pumpkin puree.
Veggie Sneak #4: Roasting root veggies – like potatoes, parsnips, and carrots – creates a delicious texture and flavor. If you add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey before adding the veggies to the oven (I cube the veggies into 2-inch squares and bake ’em for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees), it caramelizes the veggie. I swear, it almost tastes like candy.