By: Brianna Buchholz
March is National Nutrition Month, but as far as we see it, every month should be dedicated to proper nutrition. Food is the fuel that keeps us powered throughout the day and healthy throughout our lives.
The fact of the matter is that we often struggle to meet our daily nutritional requirements. Sometimes we are too busy and other times vegetables just do not sound good, it’s human nature. But not to fret, we are here with a few recipes to help sneak veggies into some tasty treats!
Spiralizers are a great tool to keep in the kitchen. They allow you to create noodles from any sort of vegetable, thus eliminating starchy carbohydrates and introducing essential micronutrients. Here is a recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto from Eat Yourself Skinny that is also an excellent way to get in those healthy fats! Creating your own pasta sauce allows you to know full-well what you are putting into your body, thus reducing the amount of sugar you consume.
Chips are an easy snack to grab when you are in a rush or simply sitting on the couch watching TV. The problem is that they are full of trans fats and overloaded with sodium. Swapping out your salty treat with homemade baked chips made from vegetables could do your body wonders. These Carrot Chips from A Spicy Perspective are an excellent replacement that provide your body with loads of micronutrients and are not covered in grease. Try playing around with the seasonings to create various flavors!
Smoothies are the easiest meals to sneak in some extra vegetables! Adding kale or spinach will mix in some essential vitamins without noticeable flavor, while chopped up zucchini will add volume without unnecessary calories. This Spinach Shamrock Shake is a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding to your waistline! I’d say that is a win, win situation.
What are some other ways you like to add vegetables to your meals? I’m interested to try out some new recipes!