At one point or another we’ve probably all taken steps to make ourselves healthier, whether it’s been altering our diet, trying to hit those 10,000 steps a day, or beginning a workout plan. What about that 5-a-day plan, given it a go? How can you successfully up your vegetable game and make it stick? Well, it’s not as hard as you might think; all you might need are fun new ideas or challenges to make that lifestyle change permanent. I’m going to show you how to add more of those veggies to your plate, while not giving up the foods you love. Here are my top five tips to eat more plants:
1. One Day at a Time
Make it easier by committing one day a week to just eating plants—like Meatless Mondays! It is actually easier than it sounds. Take a look at what you eat on an average Monday and simply omit the meat products, or swap them out for something else like tofu, grains, or beans. If you need a little help Vega® has your back with some awesome recipes for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course dessert. Here are my favourite go-to recipes for a plant-based day:
- Breakfast: Strawbanana Smoothie or Chocolate and Banana Protein Pancakes
- Lunch: Tasty Tabbouleh or Chickpea Falafel
- Dinner: Black Bean Burgers or Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese
2. Day = Plants. Night = No Rules.
Another option may be simply eating plant-based during the day but then being more flexible at dinner. This will help you incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet and eat less animal products. Start off trying this just one day a week. See how you do, then, if you choose, you can slowly increase to whatever goal you’re trying to achieve, whether it’s eating entirely plant-based or eating primarily plant-based, you are your own boss.
3. Colour Your Plate
Eat your greens with every meal…. or reds, oranges, or purples. This is one challenge that will have you eating more plants in no time. Whenever you’re making a meal, always ensure you’re including at LEAST one vegetable. I’m even including breakfast in this challenge…so don’t think you’re getting off too easy. (Hint: you can barely taste the spinach in smoothies).
Sound too easy? That’s fine. Take it up a notch, and challenge to one up yourself and add in one additional veggie to every meal.
4. Go on a Veggie Hunt
Have fun with it. When you’re at the supermarket, try a different vegetable you’ve never had before. Whether it’s purple cauliflower, pak choi, or okra, live on the wild side and give it a shot. Not sure how to use it in the kitchen? Thanks to technology, the world is at your fingertips. Just Google recipes for your mystery veggie and soon you’ll be making dishes you never thought were possible.
5. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
If you’re finding it hard to fit all these extra veggies into your daily routine, the best way to fit everything in is in a smoothie, soup or stir fry at dinner. Toss in kale, cucumbers, spinach, carrots, or whatever you have kicking around, to up your vegetable game in the morning. Add some fruit in too for that sweetness. In the evening, whip out the wok, and throw everything in with some ginger, garlic and tamari sauce for a scrummy quick meal.
What’s your favourite way to add more veggies to your day?