4 Ways To Eat Fresh Veggies
Do you get your five servings of vegetables in every day? Veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy. Not to mention, they’re rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.
In honor of Fresh Veggie Day, I challenge you to include more vegetables into your diet. During this time of year there are so many vegetables in season so take a trip to your local farmers’ market or specialist food store and stock up on whatever is ripe!
Here are just a few ways you can prep your delicious veggies.
One of my favorite things to do during the summer is cook fresh veggies on the grill. First I marinate the veggies in Skinnygirl Balsamic Vinaigrette, olive oil, garlic and spices (basil, oregano, salt and pepper). Then I slice the veggies lengthwise and put them directly on the grill so they can get those perfect grate marks. You can also chop them up, wrap each serving in foil and place them on the grill to cook.
Best veggies to eat grilled: Eggplant, zucchini or summer squash, tomatoes, peppers, and portabello mushrooms
My go-to healthy snack is always fresh veggies and Skinnygirl Hummus (particularly the roasted red pepper flavor because it has a bit of kick to it). I love the crunch of fresh veggies and sometimes even just eat them with a bit of lemon and salt/pepper. Oh and can’t forget one of my childhood favorites, celery and peanut butter!
Best veggies to eat fresh: Carrots, cucumbers, celery, and peppers
One of the simplest ways to prepare fresh or even frozen vegetables is to steam them over simmering water. This method is quick, light, and retains flavor and nutritional value. Some people find steamed veggies bland but I usually add fresh herbs, garlic and/or lemon depending on the type of veggie I’m cooking.
Best veggies to eat steamed: Broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens like kale or spinach, and carrots
Thanks to the popularity of the Paleo Diet, I’ve been seeing veggie noodle recipes everywhere. By using a spiralizer, you can turn vegetables into noodles that can be used in a variety of hot and cold dishes. Try subbing in zucchini noodles (or as some call them ‘zoodles’) for regular pasta and top with tomato or Alfredo sauce.
Best veggies to noodle: Zucchini, summer squash, carrots, and cucumbers