We know we should eat more vegetables, but it doesn’t sound very appetizing to eat a plain head of lettuce or chew on 10 broccoli stalks like some rabbit. But what if there was a way to eat your vegetables and enjoy every bite?
Here are 4 sneaky ways to eat more vegetables in menopause:
Make a Smoothie
This is where you can really get creative, and you can blend your favorite vegetables for a healthy start to your day. Spinach and kale are delicious blended with apples or berries, and good sources of iron and essential vitamins.
Instead of opening a can of soup and dumping it in the pan, make a vegetable soup from scratch. Combine veggies such as fresh green beans, carrots and tomatoes with peeled potatoes for a nutritious soup that not only tastes good, but stretches for multiple meals.
If you’re counting calories, use vegetables instead of mayo in dips. Add pine nuts, fresh basil and garlic to make a creamy pesto dip for crackers or chips.
I love dessert and if I can make it healthier, it’s a win-win situation. Brownies are one of my favorites and mixing in a sweet potato, adds additional fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, and beta-carotene.
Who doesn’t love a slice of pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top? Pumpkin is a very versatile vegetable and can be made into tasty cookies cakes, and pancakes. As a bonus, it is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.