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How to eat more vegetables: breakfast and lunch

Published on October 23, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This is not a sponsored post. I ran across a product today that I loved, so I wanted to share it with you. I also wanted to give you some tips and trick to add more vegetables into your daily diet.

I love salads. A lot. I don’t use much dressing and sometimes don’t use any at all, but there are some salad combinations that just need it. I was low on salad dressing at work, so I stopped at the grocery store this morning. I spotted this delightful looking bottle of feta dill yogurt dressing. I tend to like yogurt dressing and love feta and dill. Even better, it was on sale. You get 2 tablespoons for only 50 calories. It almost sounded too good to be true. Well, it wasn’t. This stuff is delicious!

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So how to I eat vegetables at almost every meal? I had a salad for breakfast today. This is not unusual for me. I had lettuce, spinach, avocado, cucumber, tomato and mushrooms with an egg on top. I also a 1/4 cup cottage cheese on the side. I need to lots of protein for breakfast or I get very hungry mid-morning. Salads are great for breakfast because they allow you to get in protein and lots of veggies without carb loading(a common practice among breakfast foods). Maybe salad for breakfast is too weird of a concept for you, but breakfast is a great time to get in a serving or two of vegetables.

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Another way to sneak in vegetable is by putting things on a bed of greens, or adding them to other things. I often eat burger, chicken or veggies burgers on a bed of spinach or other greens instead of using a bun. Huge calorie saver and much healthier. Today for lunch, I was having chicken noodle soup, tomato, cucumber and apple. I sliced the veggies and drizzled one tablespoon of that delicious feta dill dressing on top. After heating up my soup, I tore up a big handful of spinach and stirred it into my soup. The soup was just hot enough to wilt the spinach a little. This really made my soup a lot more filling. Half way though the bowl when the spinach was all gone, I added another torn up handful. This allowed me to get in more greens without eating another salad.

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How do you sneak more vegetables into your diet?

4 Responses

  1. Erin

    I was considering that dressing just last weekend at the grocery. It wasn’t on sale when I found it and I was nervous about buying it for the price. Now that you taste-tested it for me, I will pick some up!

  2. Erin

    This post must have really inspired me to post TWO comments. So, the morning after I read this I couldn’t decide what to wear to work and the trying on of 7 different outfits cut into my usual breakfast making time. I opened the ‘fridge to find leftover shrimp scampi from the night before (mostly shrimp with about 1/4 C of noodles left) and remembered this post. I warmed it up and threw a handful of mixed greens on top. I threw in another handful half way through. The result was that I felt satisfied all morning and got in extra veggies! I also didn’t eat all of the scampi leaving me yet another meal! Thanks for the inspiration, Stacey!

    • Ah! I love it. That’s great that you did it. It’s easier to sneak in more veggies than you thought. I am a big fan of eating non-breakfast food for breakfast. It keeps me full.

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