If you are anything like me, you’re always look for ways to get more vegetables into your family’s diet. Getting kids or finicky eaters to eat vegetables can be challenging! Today, I’ll share with you the most successful and creative ways I’ve found to incorporate more vegetables into my family's diet.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Delivery
Food delivery has gotten really popular and accessible almost everywhere. Personally, I’m thankful for that. Having vegetables delivered once a week has really helped me include more vegetables in our diet. My favorite part about having vegetables delivered is that it forces me to explore options I may not otherwise choose, so it helps me stay creative. With most services you can customize your delivery, but I’ve found part of the success has been in receiving whatever comes my way and exploring new ways to use sometimes “new to me” foods. The delivery service I use is Door to Door Organics. I would encourage you to research fruit and vegetable delivery services in your area!
Use a Food Processor
I’ve written about my love affair with the Cuisinart 14-cup Food Processor many times before. The honeymoon lives on!
I absolutely could not get by without this machine. I literally use it daily. This particular model is a bit of an investment, but it’s worth every penny. While a good blender is a viable option, I find that this helps me incorporate vegetables into our diet with very little effort. I use it to puree things like sweet potatoes, steamed beats, zucchini, and squash into baked goods, “rice” cauliflower to stir into soups and casseroles, shred spinach for meatloaf, dice peppers and onions to add flavor to even simple dishes like chicken sausage and potatoes. Really, this list goes on and on. If you don’t have a good food processor, it could very well be the best healthy eating investment you make!
Add Veggies to Breakfast
I’m a huge fan of including vegetables at breakfast. It can take a little getting used to, but once you’ve acquired the taste, you made find you actually crave early morning veggies! A few easy ways to begin adding vegetables to breakfast foods are with things like omelets and scrambled eggs, onions, peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are all delicious additions. If you don’t eat eggs, you can still enjoy a breakfast veggie skillet. A standard breakfast skillet for me is to simply brown turkey sausages (I like Applegate brand) and some sweet potatoes with as many veggies as I can. I’m a hot sauce gal, so I love this topped with a drizzle of Sriracha. It’s a satisfying, nutritious and delish start to my day! If you prefer sweet breakfast options, try adding veggies with mild flavors like zucchini, yellow squash or spinach to your morning baked goods.
Smoothies are probably one of the easiest ways to get more veggies into your day. They are a fast, easy, and portable way to pack in a powerhouse of nutrition. Smoothies also allow for huge amounts of creativity. The combination options are almost endless. If you or your family aren’t huge smoothie fans (ahem, my own kids!), one successful trick I’ve discovered is to freeze them into popsicles instead of drinking them. When I make myself a smoothie, I will just make a double batch and then pour the extra into Popsicle molds for the kids to enjoy later. Not every kids like smoothies, but most like a Popsicle right (insert happy mom clap!).
If you’ve never experimented with dehydrating vegetables, this could be a fun new trick for you to try. You can dehydrate foods using a very low temperature on a standard oven, or use a dehydrator like this one I use Nesco Food Dehydrator.
Much like smoothies, dehydrating allows for a lot of creativity. Enjoy trying new veggies this way! Some of my favorites are to season or marinate, and dehydrate things like sweet potatoes, zucchini chips, beets, eggplant (my fav!), plantains, carrots, squash and green beans.