Tuesday, April 29, 2014

my weight loss toolbox: 5 tips to eating more vegetables

(To make sweet potato wedges, preheat oven to 375*. Peel a sweet potato and cut it into wedges. Toss with a tbsp. of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a tbsp. of brown sugar. Toast on one side for 30 minutes. Flip and then toast for another 15 minutes. Enjoy!)

I made a goal in January to dress my vegetables differently in attempts to eat more of them (all in attempts to better myself and eat well). If you're also interested in eating more vegetables, here's some tips that have helped me:

*Eat what's in season. Vegetables that are in season are budget friendly, and more flavorful.

*Eat vegetables that you like 
(Obvious?) Keep your favorite vegetables readily available and you're likely to eat more of them. You can't eat what you don't have. I learned that at a Weight Watchers meeting.

*But also, be willing try some new vegetables. Check out new recipes from your favorite cookbooks, Pinterest, friends, etc. Learn how to prepare a new dish with lots of vegetables. (It might even be fun!) In general, don't be intimidated to try something new. You might find a new favorite. I did! Sweet potatoes are delicious.

*Realize some vegetables will grow on you. Some things have an acquired taste. It's okay if you didn't love it the first time you tried it. Try it a different way, or be willing to try the same dish again. It might grow on you.

*Trick your taste buds. Ever read about how you can sneak some vegetables into spaghetti sauce, pizza, etc. to make it more appetizing for kids? That works for adults, too. I was making green smoothies for a while sneaking in spinach (you can hardly taste it). I will also make big platefuls of salads and add a little bit of my favorite entrees, so I taste more of that than the vegetables themselves.  For example, when I make green sauce enchiladas (yum!), I make a big salad the next day. I serve myself some of the leftover enchiladas and grab a forkful of salad with a bit of the enchilada. I enjoy my salad more that way.

(Want to know more about My Weight Loss Toolbox?  Start here, and continue here). 

P.S. I shared a recipe for my sister's delicious salad here. I often include vegetables in my 52 sandwiches project. See here. Present vegetables for your little ones in a fun way by making muffin tin meals; my daughters like to build their own sandwiches, have haystacks, and occasionally vegetables with hummus.

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