One of the most common questions we get from our challengers is how to eat more vegetables. My favorite tactic is to hide them in the foods we already love to eat! So, today we asked our challengers to share their veggie hiding tactics, and I was overjoyed to discover some new ideas to help sneak in some extra nutrition. Here is what everyone came up with!
Shake-yo-greens – adding a handful of spinach to your morning Shakeology is THE EASIEST way to get an extra serving of veggies in your day. The best part? You don’t even realize it is in there. Spinach doesn’t have a very strong flavor, and it blends nicely, so add some to your Shakeo or protein shake for your daily dose!
Faux Pasta (aka Faux-sta) – pasta lovers everywhere are over the moon for zoodles and spaghetti squash. Kids around the world are being duped, and maybe it’s not such a terrible thing for parents to be big fat liars! You’ll need to acquire a spiralizer in order to transform your zucchini and squash into noodles, but spaghetti squash shreds easily into the fam fave without the need of an extra purchase.
Mash ‘Em – Everybody loves mashed potatoes! But our waistlines don’t love them nearly as much as our tastebuds do. The solution? Cauliflower mash or Parsnip mash. Made the same way as our beloved taters, just boil, mash, and add your favorite seasonings, and you’ve got a tasty treat for the whole fam damily.
But . . . Pizza – There are actually two tricks to this family friday favorite. The first is to make a crust out of cauliflower, be sure to drain the cauliflower as much as you can for that crispy crust (click here for a much better recipe than I could ever come up with). The second pizza hack is using slices of eggplant as mini-pizza crusts. Eggplant bites don’t have quite the same ring as Bagel Bites, but believe me when I say they are so totally worth it! Again, you’ll want to dry those bad boys out before sticking them in the oven, but they are certainly muy delicioso!
Shroomsburger – when you are making ground turkey (or beef or bison or whatev) throw in some chopped up mushrooms. Really, ground meat is a GREAT way to hide chopped up veggies of all varieties, but if you are trying to trick the monsters, finely chopped mushrooms can go almost completely unnoticed. Chopped onions and peppers can get thrown in for some extra flavor, but they are a little bit trickier to disguise if you’ve got some super picky eaters to contend with.
Ma-carrot-ni anyone? (it’s supposed to sound like Macaroni . . . I try) -carrots have a pretty mild flavor to them, especially compared to cheese, so this one is a super easy sneak. Take some carrots, boil them up real good, stick ’em in a blender or food processor so they are almost like paste, and dump them in the pot of Mac N Cheese. Stir and mix and mix and stir until the carrots and cheese are indistinguishable. Voila!
Do you have any veggie-hiding tricks up your sleeves? I’d love to get some more ideas, so please share how you plan to eat more vegetables!