The easiest, cheapest, and lowest-calorie way to increase your nutrient intake: Eat more vegetables. But how? Here are some easy tips to add more veggies to breakfast (look for ideas for lunch, snacks, and dinner in forthcoming blogs), courtesy of Patty James, certified natural chef and coauthor of More Vegetables, Please!
> In a bit of olive oil, sauté onions, peppers, zucchini and garlic for a few minutes and then add your eggs or tofu and spinach leaves for a healthier scramble.
> Add cubed pumpkin or butternut squash to your morning hot cereal. Pureed pumpkin is fine as well. Sprinkle with nuts, seeds and cinnamon.
> Add a handful of leafy greens to your morning smoothie.
> Cooked chopped kale, peppers and onions in some water in a saucepan and after it’s softened, crack an egg in the center. Cover to poach the egg until it is done to your liking.
> Add shredded zucchini to your next muffin recipe.
> Add pureed pumpkin or other winter squash to your pancake batter in lieu of some of the fat. Less fat, more veggies!