Eat more vegetables.
This post isn’t meant to convince you or explain why eating vegetables is good for you, I think we all know that.
If you always seem to be setting this as one of your goals, here are a few tips to help you succeed on finally doing what your parents always told you.
Step 1: Buy the vegetables
This may seem obvious, but you can’t eat what you don’t buy (or grow yourself)
However, frozen vegetables have just as much nutrients in them as fresh – so frozen is always a good option if you find you fresh veggies going to waste.
Step 2: Prep some of the veggies
I like to prep vegetables by roasting them. This allows me to add a little olive oil, garlic and some other seasonings – which also can increase how long they last.
Spread the veggies out on a sheet pan, and roast at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes depending on how thick they are.
- Brussels sprouts
- Potatoes (yes, they count more as carbs – but are still a whole foods source to make in bulk)
Another way to prep is just to dice up a bunch of peppers, onions, etc. – dry them off, and throw them in a freezer bag for later use. This is clutch when you are trying to save time on stir fries and omelets/egg scrambles.
For fresh vegetables like spinach, dry them off – and then keep a paper towel in the container – this helps keep them fresh a little bit longer.
Step 3: Final prep before eating.
If you have roasted veggies, just throw them in the microwave and heat – or add to a pan with some oil to crisp them up again.
With frozen veggies – steaming works best. This can be done on the stove top as seen below, or done in the microwave (use a glass or ceramic container).
Step 4: Eat the vegetables
Use them as a stand alone side dish, make a salad with raw veggies, or in a last ditch effort blend them up into a smoothie with some protein powder and fruit. The fruit will usually hide the flavor of a vegetable like spinach – so this is my go-to for smoothies.