When you think of a healthy diet you usually think of hundreds of meals full of boiled vegetables with little pieces of unseasoned chicken. One meal is nothing, but every single meal? That’s unthinkable. Eating healthy requires a little bit of creativity, and fortunately for you, there’s a lot of ways to incorporate more vegetables into your diet.
- Make the Healthiest Grilled Cheese EverGrilled cheese: an unhealthy meal that’s chock full of butter, bread, and blocks of gooey melted cheese. But if you make it right, you can make it a healthy and tasty snack. By substituting the bread with cauliflower, you can remove all the carbs and calories of white bread and replace it with the fiber, nutrients and antioxidants cauliflower is known for. All you have to do to make cauliflower bread is to put it in a food processor and mix it with eggs and cheese.
- Make a Vegetable HashHaving hash browns every day for breakfast or lunch might’ve been fine when you were a kid, but now it might not be so healthy. Thankfully, you can still make a vegetable hash out of sweet potato, peppers, spinach and black beans to eat with your eggs. Add some avocado on top for a neat little touch.
- Zucchini FettucciniA full serving of fettuccini with cream sauce just might be a little too heavy for your diet. One thing you can do to cut down on carbs without sacrificing a filling meal is to substitute half of the pasta with zucchini ribbons. Zucchini ribbons can be made by shaving them with a mandolin slicer; the ribbons have a similar shape and consistency to pasta but they have fiber, Vitamin C and A, potassium, folate, and all sorts of good stuff.
- Spinach in Your SmoothiesSpinach is actually really easy to hide in smoothies. Smoothies are usually really sweet and tart, so they do a good job of hiding the mild, refreshing taste of spinach. Spinach is also delicate enough that it doesn’t leave nasty fibers in the drink, it just blends right in. It doesn’t even have to be a fruit smoothie or green machine, either, some recipes even call for throwing spinach into peanut butter smoothies. By adding super healthy spinach to a smoothie, you’re adding folate, calcium, Vitamins A, C, E, and K, and other nutrients. Is there anything easier than getting to drink an entire meal?
- Use Peppers as PlatesOne clever recipe lets you use a bell pepper as a plate: If you cut a bell pepper in half, you can bake eggs in these vegetable cups, making an easy, convenient snack. Also, baking eggs makes them much healthier than frying them. This recipe is great because you can continue your diet, and reduce the number of dishes you have!
- Can’t Eat Mac and Cheese? Use Butternut Squash!Did you know that you can make an unbelievably easy pasta sauce by pureeing butternut squash? You can replace typical pasta sauces or cheese with boiled and pureed butternut squash. It makes this gorgeous yellow sauce that’s filled with beta carotene, protein, and healthy fats.