February 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
We’ve all heard that we need a minimum of 5 servings of vegetables a day to be healthy. As a diet success, I take that number very seriously these days. I know that it’s not just about eating all of my veggies, it’s also a great way for me to fill up my meals with less calories.
Using a lot of vegetables in your food helps to fill up your stomach and keep you full longer with the kind of foods that you should be having.
Now that I’ve figured out how to make grains low calorie, I’ve also been working hard to incorporate a lot more vegetables into my diet. The thing I discovered is that the best way to do that is by always being stocked up on veggies.
My strategy? Whenever I go to the grocery store, I buy whatever frozen veggies are on sale and make sure that I have plenty of them in my freezer. The last time there was SUCH a terrific sale that I ended up filling up with tons of different kinds of vegetables.
I bought frozen pearl onions, chopped mustard greens, peas, cut green beans and a lot of boxes of mixed vegetables.
The mixed vegetables are my favorite, actually, because they’re so easy to add to anything and everything. That’s how I end up incorporating a ton more vegetables to my everyday meals. I just throw a 10 oz box of frozen veggies into almost any meal, including:
A recipe usually calls for it, but I throw in the extra veggies anyway. It’s been particularly useful in some of my recent slow cooker recipes, like the slow cooker pink lentil and bean soup I made and the slow cooker chipotle tofu bean stew I’ve been enjoying lately.
Adding in that little bit of vegetables to these dishes, and many others, is what keeps me being a diet success and has just been one of the ways that I’ve been keeping my weight down lately.
What is the best way that you add more vegetables to our diet? Share in the comments below!