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I get a lot of questions about how I'm always finding new ways to use fruits and veggies. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love transforming fruits and veggies into the star of the show on my plate. Loving fruits and veggies has taken some getting used to, but if you aren't a fan of veggies (or you just have trouble eating enough of them), here's 5 ways to make sure you're getting those daily servings!
Add your veggies into sauces
Throwing veggies into your sauces is a great way to sneak them into your diet. When I make spaghetti, I often throw whatever veggies I have lying around into the sauce. Whether it's corn, peas, broccoli or carrots, the taste of the spaghetti sauce hides the taste of the veggies. I also talk often about my sweet potato mac and cheese. It's a great way to sneak in satisfying veggies like potatoes and carrots. You can even use squash if you wish! Check out my recipe for Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese HERE!
Bake with fruits and veggies
Baking is another great way to sneak in those fruits and veggies. Minimalist Baker has an amazing recipe for Healthy Carrot Muffins, which you can check out HERE.
I love cooking with applesauce instead of oil because it sneaks in a serving of fruit and reducing the amount of fat. Zucchini, carrots, pumpkin, butternut squash, apples and berries are all great fruits and veggies to baked into muffins, cakes and cupcakes.
Use veggies as meat substitutes
Some veggies, like eggplant and cauliflower, as surprisingly good meat substitutes. If you're looking for a new recipe for Meatless Monday, but also want to make sure you get your fair share of veggies in, try subbing meat for veggies! We love using cauliflower instead of chicken wings. We follow THIS recipe from Hot For Food Blog and they come out so crispy every single time. I really don't like the taste of eggplant, but we love using it to make meatballs...who would have guessed right?! My favorite Eggplant Meatball recipe is from Skinnytaste and you can check it out HERE.
Add fruits into your desserts
This one is the BEST. It's so simple and so easy. We make healthy banana ice cream all the time around here. All you need to do is freeze a bunch of peeled bananas in some tupperware once they get a little brown and spotty (that's when they're the most nutritious!) Then, place 2-3 bananas in a blender with a little bit of coconut milk. Blend until creamy and smooth. I also like to add vanilla, raw cacao powder or Mejool dates for extra sweetness. There are so many ways to enjoy this ice cream dessert with ZERO guilt and multiple servings of fruit. Win win!
Drink new V8® Veggie Blends
Drinking the new flavors from V8® is such an easy, convenient and affordable way to get your fruits and veggies in! I was at Walmart this weekend and I noticed that V8® has two new flavors out in the juice aisle-- V8® Veggie Blends: Berry Bliss and V8® Veggie Blends: Caribbean Greens.
I picked up the V8® Veggie Blends: Caribbean Greens and I was shocked to find out that 8 oz. of this juice drink contains 1 full serving of veggies! Each 8 oz. serving is 60 calories or less with no sugar added and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. As someone who is trying eat healthier, this is such an added bonus! Plus, V8® Veggie Blends: Caribbean Greens is 75% juice and 25% pure water.
I'm super busy this semester and honestly, cooking myself a well-balanced meal doesn't always happen. I'm working on it, but there are days where I go without fruits and veggies. V8® Veggie Blends are the perfect way to sneak in those veggies when I'm short on time or energy to cook myself a meal. It tastes so great, and I can tell it's going to be a staple around here! Walmart is the best place to grab this because it's a one stop shop for all the things I might need for this crazy busy seson of life!
If you can't make it to Walmart, make sure to check out V8® Healthy Greens HERE, another awesome V8® Veggie drink to help you sneak in those veggies into your diet!