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I must admit it took me by surprise, but it's great that we have months where we can check out healthy eating habits. March is National Nutrition Month and now we are encouraged to be good in September and make sure we eat all of our fruit and veg.
I'll be honest some days it's hard to get all of those serves of fruit and veg - do you find the same? I do have a few sneaky ways in which I increase my vegetable intake though and I'm going to share them with you here.
- Greens Balance
- Spiralized Veggies
- Hidden Veggies
- Bulking Out Meals
Greens Balance - My (not so) Secret Weapon!
I usually take mine mixed in a drink, but I know some parents will put a scoop in things such as Bolognese to ensure that fussy children will get some fruit and veg. I'm actually thinking of making some muffins or pancakes with the Greens Balance on St Patrick's Day next year!
Spiralized Veggies - Reducing Carbs & Adding Veg!
Hidden Veggies - Sneakily Getting the Veggie Count Up
Another way of disguising both fruit and vegetables is by making smoothies or even smoothie bowls.
Bulking Out Meals with Vegetables
Did you know that beans, lentils and chickpeas count towards your serves of vegetables a day? I tell you that because I love using beans, lentils and vegetables to bulk out my meals.
- Adding a tin of white beans to tomato soup and blending it up (this could count as a hidden veggie).
- Adding green beans to lamb satay.
- Adding chickpeas to a chicken curry dish my husband liked.
- Adding frozen mixed vegetables to tuna pasta bake.
- Adding spring onions and corn or onion and peas to potato bake.
- Adding extra beans to chili (I have some recipes that call for black beans in which case I will also add white beans as they take on the flavor nicely and I have some recipes that don't ask for black beans, but I add them anyway!).
- Adding zucchini to a number of different dishes (if it's in season it goes into just about anything from bakes to chili, shepherd's pie to stews).
- Soups and stews can be a great way to add lots of vegetables to including any vegetables that are in the fridge (to avoid waste), any frozen veg or tinned veg.
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