You’re setting yourself up for majorly unattractive aging effects if you don’t eat your veggies, author Dr. Mike Moreno says in his book, The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition. But if you just can’t deal with salad, here’s how to get your fill of nature’s healthiest food.
Hide them in spaghetti sauce
Zucchini, onion, puréed carrots, spinach, bell pepper, and celery will each give your sauce a punch of vitamins.
Snack on them with fruit
Cut up cucumbers and combine them with watermelon chunks. Include chopped mint leaves for a great snack.
Go green with your smoothie
Take your favorite fruit smoothie mix and toss in a couple of cups of frozen spinach or fresh basil for a filling, healthy drink.
Banana basil blend: blend two bananas, 10 basil leaves (fresh is better), one tablespoon honey, 1/4 cup cranberry juice, and a few cubes of ice.
Spinach super smoothie: blend one handful of fresh spinach, one cup vanilla low-fat yogurt, 1/2 cup cranberry juice, 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), 1/2 cup blueberries, one banana (fresh or frozen), and a few cubes of ice.
Mix up your ground meat
Finely diced veggies are a good addition to any ground beef, chicken, or turkey dish. Meat loaf, chili, hamburgers, and meatballs could all be spruced up with some carrots, peppers, onions, or zucchini.
Refine your wraps
Make a healthy Mexican-inspired wrap by mashing up nutritious black beans and spreading them on a tortilla with low-fat cheese and some quinoa. You can also add finely grated peppers or broccoli to any chicken wrap.
Sub in the spinach
Boost the vitamins in your sub by subbing in spinach to replace your shredded lettuce. Try your sub with a handful of sprouts, too!