How to add veggies to lunch

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 lunch (look for ideas for snacks and dinner in forthcoming blogs, and breakfast ideas here), courtesy of Patty James, certified natural chef and coauthor of More Vegetables, Please!


On your next sandwich or wrap, add some grated carrots and zucchini, sprouts and lettuce. All of them, not just one of them.

Add pureed peas to your next guacamole recipe.

Steam the stems of the broccoli, puree and add to hummus or guacamole. Brocomoli!

Add grated carrots and slices of cooked butternut squash to your next grilled-cheese sandwich.

Add minced red peppers, celery, red onion and shredded carrots to your next tuna salad recipe.

A big green salad for lunch is an easy way to add more veggies to your life. Go light on the high-fat salad dressing.

Add some spinach leaves to your homemade hummus or place store-bought hummus in your blender and add spinach leaves yourself.

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