Vegetables are either everyone’s favourite thing or worse nightmare. It’s always either or no matter how much we need them to get all the nutrients we need. If you’re one of the latter and can think of nothing worse than piling on a lump of green on their plate, then you’re probably lacking in a few vital vitamins and mineral.
Vegetables are our main source of these vital vitamins and minerals so there are no two ways about it, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and throw some in there. But, fear not, there are sneaky ways to get them into your diet without even feeling like you’re getting the vegetables but the vital components are in there!
Cauliflower always seems to be the bottom of everyone’s vegetable list (aside from sprouts!), and it’s easy to see why. It’s a bit bland, a bit smelly and a bit dull. It’s white and most of the time it has no flavour whatsoever. But the invention of cauliflower rice, made by blending a head into a million little pieces has changed the game.
Pair it with a curry or some meat and throw lots of spices and flavours onto it and you’ll be in for a taste sensation that’s easy to digest.
Another vegetable masquerading as something else. Courgetti is basically spaghetti that is made out of courgettes by using a spiraliser to get a spiral-shaped vegetable. This one doesn’t need any cooking, but can be done so to make it a little softer and easier to pretend you’re not actually eating vegetables.
I cook this up with pesto and chicken and add a little parmesan and it makes a really great, light lunch that you don’t have to feel guilty about.
This one is cheating a little bit as it’s actually a fruit, but I’m going to throw it in here because I love banana pancakes. Mush up two bananas and eggs in a bowl, then add a little milk and cinnamon powder.
Heat a frying pan up until it’s super hot and then ladle a spoon of the mixture into the pan. Leave it alone until the bottom side is fully solidified and then flip it over. Drizzle with maple syrup when it’s all done and then serve with a drizzle of maple syrup. Voila!
Don’t turn your nose up just yet, hear me out. Veggie smoothies can be really tasty and don’t have to taste awful. I always use spinach, carrot, avocado, water and butternut squash to make a light but nutritious smoothie that can act as a pick me up mid-morning or after the gym.
If I’m drinking it after the gym, I add in vanilla protein powder too which makes it a little sweeter and also helps to repair my muscles after a heavy session.
There are plenty of ways to sneak veggies into your diet. If you’re still struggling to find a way, then, to be honest, you’re just going to have to man up and deal with it, because you need to eat your veggies.