Vegetables are important for a good diet-they can reduce risk of stroke, heart disease and some cancers and can contribute to healthy weight.
The people at TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, came up with a Top 10 list of ways to get more veggies in your diet.
My Momma used to go to TOPS many years ago when she was still with us (Miss you Momma). We were all so proud of her as she was honored with being a ‘KOPS.’ Keeps off pounds sensibly. I believe you had to maintain your weight for at least a year. Our Mom had gone out and bought herself a gorgeous, glittery gown. She was beautiful!! My mind started to wander when I added the credit to ‘Tops’ as it brought back a flood of memories of my precious Momma.
1. Make a “pasta” dish with spaghetti squash instead of noodles. I do like spaghetti squash, although have not tried it in a pasta dish.
2. Puree cooked vegetables and add them to stews, gravies, and soups. I do add carrots, onions, tomatoes , garlic and different variety of vegetables to my soups.
3. Add raw spinach leaves and an extra-ripe banana to a fruit smoothie. It may sound strange, but the sweetness of the banana masks the taste of the spinach. My niece makes herself a green smoothie. I will post her smoothie photo and recipe. Thanks Miranda. The email she sent to me:
Here it is…my first “green smoothie”…
Baby spinach, apple, banana, 1/2 lemon, Chia seeds and cinnamon.
Tastes very sour and nothing like spinach!! Very yummy if you can get past the green!! Plus my digestive tract will thank me as the blender did all the work!!
4. Baking? Add shredded carrots to muffins or bread. I have added shredded carrots to muffins or bread recipes. YUM!
5. Instead of cheese and meat, pile your morning omelet with onions, mushrooms, and red and green peppers. Chop vegetables the night before to save time in the morning. My Hubby loves the omelets I make for him as they are loaded with all these yummy vegetables. I make sure he gets his veggies. ha ha
6. Add chopped spinach to meat when preparing meatballs or hamburgers.Oh there is that yummy spinach again. I add spinach in my hamburgers, sandwiches, soups, so many ways to enjoy.
7. Try mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. Experiment with different flavourings such as garlic, a dab of butter, and Parmesan cheese.I did post about mashed cauliflower once before. Oh heck. I am sure it does not hurt to mention it again. I only add garlic to mine and garlic pepper.
8. Add salsa to a breakfast burrito, pile it on a veggie burger, or use it in place of high-fat, creamy vegetable dips.I love to use salsa with my raw vegetables for a different taste.
9. Puree pasta sauce with vegetables such as winter squash or chopped broccoli.
10. Add chopped carrots to casseroles or meat loaf. Chopped carrots added to these dishes is delicious. There are so many ways to eat and enjoy vegetables and reap the benefits of them all.
I can still hear my Momma and myself telling my Children and GrandChildren: EAT Your Veggies!