Vegetables are integral part of a well-balanced healthy eating plan. And because of their limited shelf life, they are also the most difficult aspect to regularly keep in stock for your healthy diet.
Here are some vegetable maintenance strategies to help incorporate vegetables into your regular consumption program.
Buy fresh vegetables in season, not do they cost less, but are likely to be at their peak flavor.
Stock up on frozen vegetables for quick and easy cooking in the microwave or stove top.
Buy pre-washed bags of salad greens, then add baby carrots and grape tomatoes for a quick salad. Fresh vegetables that are easy to prepare are time savers, with more likelihood for consumption.
Use a microwave to quickly “zap” vegetables, most taste great this way and add warmth to your meal during the cold months.
Plan your meals around a vegetable main dish, then add other foods to complement it. This is the opposite of what most people do.
Add cooked pureed vegetables such as potatoes to thicken stews, soups and gravies, adding flavor, nutrients, and texture.
Shred carrots or zucchini into:
- quick breads
Try including chopped vegetables in your pasta sauces or lasagna. Buy packages of veggies such as baby carrots or celery sticks for quick snacks.
Include a green salad with your dinner every night, and routinely change the tossed in vegetables ingredients for nutrient balancing.
These vegetable inclusion tips will take you a long way in your quest for a healthy diet with vegetables.