I use a few ways to get veggies in my diet. One is to plan meals around vegetables as the main course, rather than meat. When I think of what to have for dinner, I think of what vegetables I have, or need, and then think about what proteins and grains to go with them.
I come and go on salad. Occasionally I crave one, mostly I get burnt out on it very quickly, though. Instead of salads I go for fresh chopped veggies, which gives a greater range of flavor and I don't even need dressing!
Sometimes I'll make myself a veggie tray and munch on that while I cook. Then I fill up on veggies as I go and then eat a small portion of whatever I'm cooking.
As mentioned, I also love green smoothies, but I add fruit in for flavor. The last several days I've been making them for breakfast, using greens (spinach, kale, arugula and/or radish greens), parsley and cucumber or celery, then adding in fruit like mango, lime, grapefruit, banana and/or berries. It gives me a great boost in the morning, I drink it on my way to work.
For cooked, there's stir fry, steamed, sauteed, roasted, and soups you can pack with vegetables. The other night I steamed onion, kale, spinach, and mushrooms, sprinkled with pepper, thyme and some lime juice.
If you're craving carbs, try pairing it with a veggie, such as a small portion of whole grain chips or crackers with avocado and/or salsa, or put steamed or stir fry veggies over a serving of brown rice.
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