Vegetables may not always be the tastiest treats to munch on, but you can’t deny how much we need the nutrients these superfoods hold. They’re vital to maintaining our overall health and wellness—and here’s why.
WHY YOU NEED VEGETABLES IN YOUR DIET
First, veggies are our bodies’ best weapons against an endless list of ailments resulting from poor eating habits. Multiple studies have proven that vegetables reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and diabetes. That side of broccoli is looking more enticing now, isn’t it?
Second, veggies contain most of the essential nutrients our bodies need such as potassium, vitamins A, C, D, E, antioxidants, fiber, and countless minerals. These work to fight off viruses and infections thay may affect our immune systems in the long run.
Third (and this may be extra relevant to you if you’re looking to slim down), veggies are widely known for their zero cholesterol content and low calorie count, making them the best food options for weight loss.
Pretty convincing, right? But wait—we all know it’s not always easy to ensure that our health is in tip-top shape without sacrificing our taste buds.
HOW TO MAKE VEGETABLES TASTY
So, how do you keep diseases at bay without jeopardizing your appetite? The solution: creating fun, vegetable-centric recipes that match your taste.
It might sound like a lot of work, but trust us: the more vegetables you bring into your meals, the more that your body will love you for it.
Ready to eat your way to perfect health? Start with these 4 recipes you can try right at home!
RECIPE #1: CHICKEN & VEGGIE BREAKFAST SANDWICH
Looking for a quick yet nutritious way to start your day? Let this chicken and veggie sandwich speak for itself. Loaded with chicken breast, lettuce, onions, and radish, this breakfast staple is filled with all the nutrients you’ll need to get through a busy day. Recreate this recipe in five minutes (or less!) and make it even more fun by topping it with your choice of veggies!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 2 slices wheat bread
- 3 oz. cooked and deboned chicken breast
- 1 tbsp. guacamole
- 1 radish, thinly sliced
- 4 slices cucumber
- 2 thin slices red onion
- 1 lettuce leaf, cut in half
- 1 tbsp. Whisk Paleo Balsamic + Triple Berry Dressing
STEP 1: Toast slices of wheat bread until golden brown.
STEP 2: Once cooled, spread the guacamole on one side of each loaf.
STEP 3: Place radish, cucumber, lettuce, onions, and chicken breast on top of guacamole spread.
STEP 4: Drizzle with Whisk Paleo Balsamic + Triple Berry Dressing before serving for a welcome burst of zesty flavor.
Recipe via Skinny Ms..
RECIPE #2: QUINOA VEGGIE WRAP
For on-the-go and always-hungry gals, build this fuss-free Quinoa Veggie Wrap for a savory mid-afternoon bite. Instead of stuffing your wraps with rice to make a burrito, opt for low-carb, high-fiber quinoa instead! Quinoa offers the same amount of calories as rice, but with fewer carbs and more protein than its other grain counterparts. It’s a guilt-free way to snack!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 4 Nuco Coconut Wraps (Original)
- 1 cup Nutrifam Organic White Quinoa
- ½ cup hummus
- 3 oz. fresh spinach
- 2 oz. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- ½ medium carrot, shredded
- 2 tbsp. Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo with Avocado Oil
STEP 1: Add two cups of water to the quinoa and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
STEP 2: Lay out the tortilla wraps and spread the hummus over each wrap.
STEP 3: Place the quinoa evenly over the hummus.
STEP 4: Add the spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and shredded carrots.
STEP 5: Roll each wrap and fold both ends.
STEP 6: For extra oomph and flavor, dip it in some Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo with Avocado Oil.
STEP 7: Serve and enjoy!
Recipe via The Nutty Scoop.
RECIPE #3: SPRING VEGETARIAN CARBONARA
For stay-at-home days, a hefty bowl of pasta sounds about right. Got extra time to prep your meal? Try this Spring Vegetable Carbonara for a cheesy treat. Substitute your usual bacon and mushrooms for spinach and green peas to get even more nutritious goodness!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 450g 7Grains Company Organic Yellow Soybean Protein Pasta
- ½ cup mozarella cheese
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup fresh green peas
- 8 cups fresh spinach
- 3 tbsp. butter
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Egg yolk (to garnish)
STEP 1: Toss pasta in a large pot with boiling water. Cook pasta until al dente. Add peas and spinach. Cook for about 1 minute, and then drain pasta and vegetables.
STEP 2: In a separate bowl, grate the parmesan and mozarella cheese. Set aside.
STEP 3: In a skillet, melt butter, ¼ cup water, salt, and cheeses.
STEP 4: Stir in the pasta and vegetables over low heat.
STEP 5: Place 1 egg yolk on top of each serving.
Recipe via Couple Cooks.
RECIPE #4: SPINACH AND KALE SMOOTHIE
Say goodbye to sugar-laden sodas and indulge in this chilly delight instead. Its key ingredients are sure to put your body on a healthier path after every sip! Spinach and kale are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, while peanut butter and banana contain plenty of potassium and energy boosters.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 16 oz. fresh spinach
- 1 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk
- 1 tbsp. Planted Seeds by Kristina Original Peanut Butter
- 1 tbsp. The Green Tummy Chia Seeds
- 1 leaf kale
- 1 banana, frozen and sliced
STEP 1: Blend spinach, almond milk, peanut butter, and kale until smooth.
STEP 2: Add sliced fozen banana and blend mixture until smooth.
STEP 3: Before serving, add a tablespoon of chia seeds for a helping of healthy fats! (Be sure to let them soak in the liquid first for at least five minutes!)
Recipe via All Recipes.
See? Veggies are definitely good for more than just salads!
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