Feeling a little meh right now? I bet you’re in post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas, mid-holiday-party mode. And that you’re lacking some greens.
I get it.
The holidays aren’t really known for packing in the nutritious stuff. I mean, why, when you’ve got Christmas cookies, French toast casserole, and pies galore everywhere?
Veggies sort of become an afterthought this time of year. Only once the calendar creeps closer to the New Year do most people start thinking about upping their vegetable intake.
Want some easy ways to be ahead of the crowd? Like a veggie trendsetter? Here are 17 ways to squeeze some more veggies in to your holidays.
Drink a smoothie in the morning.
Surefire, no-fail way to sneak some extra servings of fruit and veggies in to your day. Get a couple handfuls of greens in there, maybe some avocado, maybe some sweet potato or pumpkin if you’re feeling adventurous.
Add some cut up fruit to your granola or overnight oats.
Sure, add a dollop of nut butter and drizzle on some maple syrup. Maybe toss a handful of nuts on there, but don’t forget some fruit, too! Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries all make excellent toppings.
Make a sneaky cheese sauce.
Did you know, thanks to the magic of nutritional yeast (affectionally referred to as nooch), you can pretty much make cheese sauce out of any veggie? Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, Russet potatoes, carrots - the possibilities are practically endless!
Make some veggie-licious snack balls.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of these Veggie-licious Snack Balls. They’re a perfect way to add in some totally undetectable veggies in to your day. No one will know they’re healthy.
Make a veggie soup with leftover veggies.
Leftover veggie scraps make excellent veggie soup! And I bet you’ve got a bunch of leftovers hiding in random places in the fridge. Toss whatever you’ve got in your stock pot with some water (or broth) and spices and make some magic.
Sneak some veggies in to your bread or muffins.
You can make banana bread, you can make pumpkin bread, you can make chocolate zucchini bread…Yes, it’s totally possible to up the veggie content of your baked goods. There are tons of recipes out there, and people are doing some cray-zay things with veggies these days. Join the club.
Spiralize some veggies instead of pasta.
You remember that spiralizer? Get that bad boy/torture device out and start spiralizing some veggies. I know, I know, it doesn’t taste the same as pasta. How about we compromise? You cook some pasta and add in those spiraled veggies? Half and half? Deal?
Make a healthy homemade dip + veggies.
You can’t go wrong with dip. It’s practically impossible to see a good-looking dip and walk on by. Even if said dip is accompanied by celery sticks. (Dear celery sticks, no offense. I actually love you.) Whip up some hummus, maybe some cheese dip (although probably not to go with celery…), maybe a seven-layer dip (all kinds of veggie-hiding opportunities there!)…the sky’s the limit!
Have a salad with your meal + add a ton of veggies.
Did you know that having a salad before your meal can help you eat less? I know, all the great foodies eat their salads after the meal. But when you’re trying to eat more veggies, having a big salad at the beginning of your meal will help you hit that target.
Infuse your water with some fruits or veggies.
All right, technically you’re not going to be eating these fruits and veggies — unless you like soggy stuff — but this is a great way to drink more water. And you can’t go wrong with that.
Make an avocado pudding.
Avocado can do no wrong. Especially when you make it into a chocolate pudding. For real. It’s like those Snack Packs you used to love as a kid except a million times better. It’s like…you can have your dessert (or afternoon snack) and eat it, too.
Add all kinds of veggies to your pasta.
We already spiralized some veggies or made a mixture of pasta and spiralized veggies, but how about just adding some veggies to your pasta? Peas, carrots, broccoli, kale, spinach, tomatoes (technically a fruit, I know) - all excellent choices. Especially when you’re making that sneaky cheese sauce, too.
Add some grated zucchini or carrots to that casserole.
Making a casserole for your office potluck or family get-together? Do everyone a favor and sneak some grated veggies in there. Just like with snack balls and baked goodies, I bet no one will even notice. Unless, of course, they pull a shred out and interrogate you.
Make some veggie fries — avocado fries, carrot fries, sweet potato fries…
Have a veggie-centric pizza.
Woohoo pizza night! Instead of cheese lovers or meat lovers, how about veggie lovers? There’s a pizza place here in Florida that shoves a butt ton of veggies on their veggie pizza. We’re talking spinach, artichokes, banana peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, olives…all the yums. Follow their lead.
Mix some veggies into your pancake or waffle mix.
Making some Sunday morning pancakes? (No judgment if you’re making Saturday night waffles. I’m a breakfast-for-dinner kinda gal myself.) Mix some veggies into that mix. You can totally make some savory pancakes, too, and throw some sautéed veggies on top if you’re feeling it.
Make some healthier Christmas cookies.
No, it’s not blasphemy. It’s just balance. Use some applesauce or Medjool dates to sweeten things up. Make banana oatmeal cookies. Add in some more of those veggie shreds. (Seriously, zucchini shreds are practically tasteless.) Christmas cookies don’t have to just be sugar and frosting. (Stay tuned next week if you’re on the fence about this one.)
I hope these ideas have you feeling inspired and empowered to sneak some more good-for-you food in to your day in whatever way possible. If you need a little more inspiration, I’ve got a sneak-peak, never-before-seen-on-this-blog recipe for you. Grab it below and whip it up ASAP.