To celebrate National Nutrition Week, here are eight tips to help you increase your daily vegetable intake.
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1. Try and cover half your plate at dinner with vegetables.
This guarantees at least two to three serves of vegies at dinner! You can even use this strategy at lunch and breakfast. Adding 1-2 measuring cups of vegetables to these meals will definitely help you get your five serves of vegies in.
2. The vegetables you eat can be fresh, frozen or tinned.
It doesn’t matter! All contain the same nutritional profiles. So, if you’re getting home late tonight and don’t have time to chop up the vegies, feel free to use some frozen vegetables, or even try the pre-cut vegetables from the supermarket.
3. Add some vegetables to your breakfast (or even an easy Sunday night meal).
Add diced vegetables to scrambled eggs or an omelette or frittata. Capsicum, mushrooms, spring onion, spinach, zucchini and tomatoes are good options that go well with eggs. Or, you could sauté some spinach, mushrooms and tomato to have on the side.
4. Try and have one meat-free day a week.
Eat a dish based on lentils and legumes instead. ‘Meat-free Monday’ is a health promotion that started a few years ago that many people like to follow.
5. Add grated vegetables.
Add grated vegies like carrot and zucchini to sauces and any dishes that involve mince such as pasta sauces, tacos and burritos.
6. Try making poke bowls.
These have become super trendy in 2018 and are also easy to make at home. Choose at least three different vegetables to have (such as sweet corn, shredded cabbage, avocado, lettuce, spinach, tomato and capsicum) to go with some protein and wholegrains (such as quinoa or brown rice). Minimal cooking required!
7. Add vegetables to your smoothies.
Adding greens such as spinach, kale, avocado, broccoli or cucumber is a great way to boost the nutritional content of your smoothie and help meet the five serves a day.
8. Snack on some vegetables if you’re hungry in between meals.
Vegie sticks such as celery, carrot, capsicum and cucumber go well with vegetable-based dip such as hummus.
Makeover your meals
It’s a good idea to take some of your favourite meals and give them a bit of a makeover to see where you can add extra vegetables in.
Take pasta bolognese, for example. You could grate some vegetables through the sauce, or bulk the sauce up with some lentils, or you could have a side salad or plate of cooked vegetables to accompany your bowl of pasta.
Getting nutrition advice is easy
For help and advice about eating more vegetables to improve your diet, make an appointment with our in-house dietitian today.
Source: The Nutrition Code
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.