Say Green: 6 Easy Ways to Sneak in Your Vegetables
Everyone knows that vegetables are packed with both vitamins and minerals that are vital to a healthy lifestyle. However, adults and children alike have trouble getting in their greens.
The U.S. Departure of Agriculture recommends that children ages 8 and younger get 1 to 1.5 cups of vegetables per day; girls and boys ages 9 to 18 get between 2 and 3 cups; and adults get 2 .5 to 3 cups a day. Telling that to a staunch anti-vegetable activist or a child who won’t eat anything but Cheerios is easier said than done, but it’s still important that both adults and children get their greens, and that’s where a couple of handy tricks come in.
The good thing about greens is that they can be easily hidden inside juices, smoothies, sandwiches, breakfasts, and more. Thanks to the vegetables’ usually less-than-pungent taste, those in charge of the healthy kitchen can often sneak vegetables such as kale, spinach, and collards into dishes served to the least-suspecting “victims.”
It’s a win-win situation because consumers can get their greens without having to taste them and the chefs behind the operation can rest peacefully knowing that health recommendations are being met. And the technique is even beneficial for those who like greens, because not even the healthiest consumers want to have salads for every meal. Sometimes it’s hard for adults to find ways to fit in all their vegetables.
Here are six easy ways to sneak your veggies into meals without having to taste them or having to tell your children or significant other what they’re eating. Some may refuse to eat those plants, but what they don’t know can’t hurt them.