How to eat more green veggies? Eating enough vegetables daily can seem like a difficult task to do. It can even seem like a chore, but it really doesn’t have to be. You can easily eat more green veggies every day using the strategies I have provided below.
Here are 7 great tips you can start using today to make sure you are getting a full 5 servings of these vital nutrients daily.
How To Eat More Green Veggies?
It is highly recommended that everyone living in developed countries consume at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day.
However, most people only consume about 1 to 2 servings per day. That is not even close enough to ensuring you’re getting all the essential vital vitamins and nutrients required to feel healthy, have energy, and prevent diseases.
So what can you do to make sure you’re getting enough servings of vegetables daily?
Here are some great tips to eating more veggies you can start using today to make sure you’re getting at least 5 full servings.
Just 1 cup of veggies equals one full serving.
So, try your best to use these strategies I’ve included below to get 5 full cups of veggies every day.
1. Buy Green Veggies!
Making a grocery list of all your favorite green vegetables every week is truly the very first step to ensure you always have enough of them to consume daily.
Always buy both fresh and frozen to ensure you will have enough to last at least 5 to 7 days. When your fresh veggies aren’t so fresh anymore, you still have frozen veggies available to eat.
Both spinach and kale are the most popular greens for smoothies.
You can freeze most green vegetables just before the due date to prevent waste. And, therfore having some available on-hand to whip up a quick smoothie or to use in a soup or a stir fry.
The super greens I like to always have on hand are spinach, kale, green peas, green beans, celery, asparagus, broccoli, edamame beans, and snow peas.
I always freeze my spinach, kale, green beans, and broccoli so they don’t go to waste..
2. Snack on Veggies!
Always wash and cut up your veggies as soon as you get home from grocery shopping. Having them already cleaned and prepared to grab at anytime from your refriderator guarantees that both you and your family will eat more of them.
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Prepare a veggie tray with cucumbers, snow peas, celery, broccoli, etc., and pair them with your favorite veggie dip, hummus or my easy home-made guacamole dip to grab as a snack all day long.
Put your veggie tray on the counter for a few hours during mid-day or at night a as healthy snack and watch the veggies get all eaten up because they are conveniently there. Any left over veggies that don’t get eaten can be put back in the refriderator and taken out the next day.
I make veggies trays a 3 to 4 times a week for my myself and my kids and put it out on the counter during the day while there are in and out of the kitchen looking for snacks. They always snack on it, so I know this works like a charm! I usually mix it up with some fresh fruit too and they love it!
You can make veggie trays ahead of time to easiy snack on for 3 to 4 days at a time.
Cut up green veggies and store them in air-tight containers in the refrigerator to easily grab and take to work and or to eat as a mid-day snack in between meals.
You can even buy a prepared vegetable tray from the grocery store if that’s more convenient.
Snacking on veggies thourghout the day is a great way to help keep you from eating too much of the unhealthy food such as chips and chocolate bars in between meals.
3. Drink Green Smoothies!
Try to drink one green smoothie every day.!
Most people will drink a smoothie in the morning. It seems that most people will stick to this routine better than trying to drink one later in the day.
Drinking one green smoothie a day is one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re getting 1, maybe even 2 full servings of green veggies.
Add at least 1 to 2 cups of spinach and kale into a delicious smoothie and drink one every morning. Here are some very simple and tasty smoothies I love to drink. You can easily hide the spinach and kale (if you prefer) without even tasting them in it.
It’s important to use a high-quality blender when blending coarse ingredients such as kale leaves, so you don’t get any leftover chunks left in it. It is a full size blender that is best for creating larger recipes. It is more expensive model but it works like a charm and offers a full 5-Year Warranty!
Otherwise, if you’re just planning to make one cup smoothies and adding softer fruits and veggies like bananas and spinach, the magic bullet blender works good and is very affordable.
4. Make a Veggie Stir-Fry!
Vegetable Stir Fries are super easy to make. Just put all your favorite vegetables into a wok, add your favorite seasoning and soy sauce, and voila! Cook up a large batch and store leftovers in quality-made food storage containers for the next day.
How to prepare a quick veggie stir-fry?
- Saute some onion and garlic with butter or olive oil.
- Add your hard veggies such as carrots and green beans or broccoli first, cooking them down a bit, and then adding softer veggies like spinach at the very end.
- Sprinkle on some soy sauce on top of the veggies for more flavor if you like.
- Cook some rice, noodles, or quinoa on the side to go with it, and you have a perfectly healthy meal full of veggies!
5. Make Veggie Soup/Stew!
Making a vegetable soup/stew is healthier than eating canned soup, as homemade soups are made with wholesome fresh veggies. Most store-bought can soup too many additives, preservatives, and sodium.
So, plan a day and whip up your favorite vegetable soup.
Add all your favorite vegetables you love and include some green veggies to go with it, such as bok choy, celery, and spinach.
Store your homemade soup into small convenient-sized glass bowls with air-tight lids and freeze them to preserve freshness.
Take one out any time when you need a quick lunch or dinner, as you can microwave it right inside the glass dish you froze it in, making it super convenient!
6. Eat a Green Salad!
Eating a green salad daily is very simple.
Even if you don’t have time to create a salad yourself, you can purchase many different delicious salad kits from any grocery store.
I always buy 2 to 3 salad kits per week. Having these salad kits available is a very quick and easy way to make sure you’re eating a healthy lunch full of green veggies.
Another salad I do love to create is my Snow Pea and Corn Salad. Snow Peas can be boring, but they are definitely delicious when eating with corn in this salad. This salad will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator, so you can grab it out and eat it alone or as a delicious side dish with dinner.
I like to pair it with my favorite veggie burgers or even eat it as a healthy mid-day snack.
7. Try Edamame Beans!
Edamame beans are immature soybeans in the pod, found in origins of East Asia.
You can find them in the frozen section of many grocery stores or even at some Asian restaurants. I think these beans are the perfect substitute for eating chips as you can sprinkle a little bit of sea salt over them to enjoy as a delicious healthy late-night snack.
Snacking on edamame beans is a great way to consume another kind of green veggie.
100 grams of Edamame Beans is only 122 calories and offers many vitamins and nutrients including, 11 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 436 mg potassium, 10% Vitamin C, 12% Iron, 16% Magnesium, 6% Calcium, and 5% Vitamin B-6.
Edamame Beans are super easy to prepare:
- Boil them in a pot for approximately 5 minutes
- Drain the water
- Sprinkle some sea salt over the top of them
- You can eat them by putting one pod into your mouth, sliding out the edamame bean with your teeth, and discarding the pods or eat them by removing the beans from the pods first, and then place them into a bowl and garnish with your favorite salt or spices.
Conclusion – Try to Eat 5 Servings of Veggies Daily!
These are all the great ways I’ve learned how to get 5 full servings of veggies per day.
Recap – How to eat 5 full servings of green veggies every day?
- Drink one green smoothie made with spinach and/kale.
- Eat a green salad, veggies and hummus or veggie soup for lunch.
- Eat green veggies such as broccoli, green beans, green peas or asparagus, as a side dish at dinner or even a veggie stir-fry.
- Snack on Edamame Beans!
That equals 5 servings per day and sometimes even more!
As you can see, it’s not so hard to do:)
Just make sure to make buying green veggies every week a priority so that you always have them available!
You can store your veggies, prepped foods and left-overs right in one of these glass storage food containers I recommend to help keep them fresh.
So, now that you’ve learned some more ways to eat more green veggies, what one(s) of my suggestions do you prefer most and why?
Please feel free to leave your comment below, thank you!
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