These 10 tips will help you eat more vegetables
In 2023, your good resolution is to have a balanced diet. And to achieve this, nothing better than to consume more vegetables. Discover our 10 tips to help you eat more. And you will see that vegetables are synonymous with pleasure and indulgence when prepared with love.
Every year change is accompanied by making good resolutions for the coming year. If some people decide to go back to the gym, quit smoking, travel the world, or even enjoy their family more, other people matter change their eating habits. The idea? Adopt a more balanced diet.
Our mission for 2023, if you accept it, is to help you eat more vegetables. Why ? Because vegetables are excellent for health thanks to their richness in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. If they reboost our energy and our immune systemthey also help us to have better digestion. In short, they do us good and we love them.
For some years, the vegetable becomes a star at our friends the restaurateurs. The Chiefs decided to put it in the center of the plate. And to achieve this, they play with its texture but also its taste. It is therefore not uncommon to find on restaurant menus dishes with raw or cooked vegetables, and vegetables in all forms (pickles, dips, etc.). So many healthy and tasty preparations that you can easily reproduce at home. Because yes, vegetables are not bland steamed products.
Cauliflower, leeks, squash, eggplant, or even artichokes, the list of vegetables for each season is long. We have therefore decided to share with you our 10 tips to help you eat more vegetables. You’ll see, you won’t be able to do without it after that!
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Our 10 tips for eating more vegetables
1 – Buy seasonal vegetables
Renowned for having more taste, they will make you want to taste them: tomatoes in summer, leeks in winter, artichokes in spring or squash in autumn. And to be sure to buy in season, do not hesitate to consult the calendars specific to seasonal fruits and vegetables.
2 – Edit your favorite recipes
Instead of making your favorite preparations with the usual ingredients, bring more originality by making them from time to time with vegetables. For example: replace your potato fries with celery fries. For your shepherd’s pie, bet on pumpkin or carrots. For your chocolate chip muffins, add beetroot or start preparing a carrot cake.
3 – Store vegetables in the freezer to eat all year round
Why not peel and cut your vegetables to store them in the freezer? A good way to consume vegetables all year round, even if it’s not the season. For example, you can eat zucchini in autumn, leeks in summer, green beans in winter or even pumpkins in spring. This technique also makes it possible not to let the vegetables go to waste and to fight against waste.
4 – Offer vegetables as an aperitif
Nothing better than tasting vegetables from the start of the meal. Cucumbers or carrots cut into strips, radish or cherry tomatoes, it’s up to you to vary the pleasures. A healthy and fresh touch that can be accompanied by good homemade dips.
5 – Prepare vegetable dips or hummus
To accompany your vegetables during your future aperitifs, consider making vegetable dips or hummus. Artichoke, beetroot or red beans, the options are numerous and delicious.
6 – Eat more soups
In winter, we love to taste good hot soups. The opportunity to prepare them with fresh vegetables and to vary the recipes. Carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, cabbage, leeks, watercress, etc. you are spoiled for choice! The advantage of soup is that you can add toppings, those little ingredients that give it an even tastier side. For example, you can complete it with small garlic croutons, pumpkin seeds, roasted sesame seeds, coconut cream or even spices such as curry.
7 – Bet on vegetable gratins
Winter is known to be the season for comfort food. Among them, we find the gratin. To avoid making a gratin dauphinois or pasta each time, why not make a vegetable gratin instead. There are plenty of gourmet recipes: spinach, cauliflower and broccoli, squash or even leeks, Another possible option: replace wheat pasta with vegetable pasta (coral lentils, split peas, spinach, beets, tomatoes).
8 – Opt for a snack with vegetables
When we are about to take our little morning or post-meridian snack, we tend to go for the sweet. What if we changed this habit from time to time to go with vegetables instead? For example, you can eat cherry tomatoes, a carrot, a chocolate and beetroot cake, or eggplant caviar.
9 – Eat vegetables for breakfast
Every morning do you have a slice of butter with jam or spread? And if this morning you prepare a more vegetable toast. If some people are already fans of avocado-toasts, it’s not too late to get started. You can spread your bread with vegetable hummus and add, when it’s in season, tomatoes and cucumbers. Another possible variant, a recipe that comes to us from Spain: pan con tomate. Nothing could be easier: a slice of bread, a tomato coulis and a drizzle of olive oil.
10 – Drink juices and smoothies with vegetables
Spinach, carrots or even cucumbers, vegetables can be consumed in the form of juice or smoothies. A good way to change from the traditional strawberry/banana smoothie and which will allow you to eat vegetables. Mixed with fruit you have the recipe for a vitamin cocktail that you will not be able to do without.
As you will have understood, adding more vegetables to your food routine is synonym of greed and pleasure. A good way to have a balanced diet without depriving yourself.
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