5 servings of veggies a day doesn’t seem like much, until you attempt to get that much into your diet. If you are struggling to get those servings, read on for 7 ways to up your veggie intake:
Wake Up to Veggies: Fruit gets all the love in the morning, but maybe switching up your routine and having a savory breakfast instead might be the trick. Just try adding a little canned pumpkin to your pancake batter, or a colorful omelette to help you start your day.
More Produce on your Sandwich: When lunchtime rolls around, load your sandwich with extra lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and more. Or you could try swapping out your bread or wrap for lettuce, these are all great ways to get more veggies in your diet.
Salad Make-Over: Take your typical salad from mediocre to magical by topping it with out-of-the-ordinary veggies like crispy Brussels sprouts or jicama.
Chips: Want to sneak in more veggies between meals? Snacking on real vegetable chips—rather than uber-processed potato chips—is the key. Try making kale chips, or if you’re not into kale, beet chips are also great.
Consider Alternatives: Get creative with dinner by swapping pasta out for veggies, like Zucchini in lasagna or spaghetti squash instead of starchy pasta.
The Veggie Mash: Mixed veggies on the side? Boring! Instead, use veggies to make knockoffs of your favorite indulgent side dishes. Mashed Cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes for instance, is a great substitute.
Sweet Treat: Dinner may be over, but you can still get one more dose of veggies—from the dessert tray. Who says vegetables have to be savory. Making a delicious vegetable dessert, like these Beet-Berry Cake can help you top of your five servings of veggies a day.