How to Eat More Vegetables Without Even Trying

We all know eating vegetables is good for you, but sometimes it’s a challenge to figure out how to make them fit into every meal. Luckily, it’s a lot easier than you think! From baked goods to hearty meat sauces, here are some of my favorite simple ways to make sure I’m loading up veggies. Even the most greens-adverse child will adore these fun, simple recipe ideas!

1. Swap them in.

Start with comfort foods you already like: replace some ground beef in your burger with chopped beets (high in folate, manganese, potassium) or mushrooms (rich in niacin, copper, potassium, zinc, selenium, and B vitamins). Make veggie nuggets from The Weelicious Cookbook out of potato, carrot, and corn. Or go shopping: Brands like Veggie Patch offer spinach nuggets or broccoli bites with cheese and Amy’s products include vegetable-loaded burritos, pizzas, burgers, and many more satisfying staples.

2. Blend them in.

Do like desperate moms do and blend red and orange vegetables with a little water, then eat them in your pasta sauce, nacho cheese dip, even French toast batter. Other ideas to try: The Sneaky Chef author Missy Lapine’s green purée goes down easy in meatloaf, meatballs, chicken parm, ravioli—even guacamole. Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, author of The One One One Diet, swaps butternut squash for as much as half the cheese in recipes like quesadillas, grilled cheese, and macaroni and cheese
3. Spread them on.

Pass on the butter and top your toast with a sweet potato spread from bloggers at The Gentle Home. You can also mash avocados with sea salt for a treat that’s rich in monounsaturated fat and full of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.

4. Bake them in.

If you don’t have a favorite vegetable muffin or bread recipe, try the sweet potato and zucchini bread from Epicurious, which contains walnuts for added heart-healthy omega-3s. Other ideas: blog Kitchen Treaty’s hearty spiced carrot muffins also get a boost from whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and apple sauce. If you aren’t a baker, pick up Garden Lites goods, like zucchini chocolate or carrot berry muffins.

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