Regardless of your dietary requirements, from the weird to the wonderful, we believe there is no such thing as too much veg. For the majority of the population, we simply aren’t getting enough, and that’s a real pity. Not only do vegetables taste absolutely delicious when cooked well, they’re also essential to ensuring we’re cramming in all those lovely phytonutrient, minerals and vitamins. In a bit of a pickle with your greens? Here are out five favourite ways to get your daily dose.
1 Blend ‘em like Beckham
Smoothies are arguably one of the easiest ways to get those plants down in one. Be it hidden from fussy children, or as a foolproof way to top up your five-a-day. Throw in a handful of dark leafy greens such as spinach, chard or kale, to your blender, and combine with cacao and a banana to create a tasty breakfast-come-dessert. We’re also huge fans of using frozen cauliflower or courgette as a creamy, neutral base, as you can barely tell it’s there.
2 Soups, Stews and Curries
If you’re half as excited as we are about the colder months looming right around the corner, then we’re sure you’re already seasoned comfort food pros. Adding chunky chopped root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, squash and beets to stews make them ever so hearty, and handfuls of spinach can transform a curry. Make a giant batch of vegetable soup and freeze the left overs so you’ll always have a nourishing and delicious veggie packed meal on hand.
3 The Finishing Touch
Another sneaky way to get in those veggies is to incorporate them into your favourite dips and spreads. From gloriously green kale pesto, beetroot hummus to even an easy and ever so smoky baba ganoush, adding a nutrient packed dollop to your plate is seriously simple, and delicious too.
4 Satisfy your Sweet Tooth
It’s probably quite obvious by now that we have a major sweet tooth! We could eat raw cake all day everyday if we tried, and there are so many ways to pack in fresh veggies into your desserts and puddings, making it an effortless affair. Be it baked beetroot brownies, creamy avocado chocolate mousse to spiced raw carrot cake slices. In our opinion, it doesn’t get much better than thick, creamy nice cream, perfect for adding greens or even a few chunks of frozen sweet potato to.
5 Snack Happy
If you’ve always got a secret stash of fresh veg on you at all times, you’re so much more likely to make healthy snack choices. From the simplest combos of carrot sticks and hummus, to freshly pressed green juices, these nutrient packed snacks will be sure to keep you perky throughout the day. Throw half an avocado in your bag, ready for when hunger strikes, and sauerkraut or kimchi on crackers is an unusual yet gut friendly treat.