Everyone knows they should be eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but for some of us, this can be easier said than done.
Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; great for our digestive system and high in fibre, which helps us feel fuller for longer.
To help people get more veg in their diet, nutritionists at WK Kellogg have shared five easy ways to sneak more of the good stuff into our day.
Replace carbs, such as pasta and rice, with vegetable substitutes - or enjoy half and half. Cauliflower can be blitzed to make rice, courgettes can be spiralised to make spaghetti, lettuce leaves can be used as wraps and carrots can be chopped and roasted to make delicious alternatives to chips. Season well and add herbs and spices for added punch.
Add extra veggies
Sneak extra veggies into your favourite meals – you can even replace meat with a selection of chunky veg if you’re looking to enjoy a more plant-based diet. Chunky veg such as peppers, squash, mushrooms and aubergine are great additions to dishes such as stews, curries, chillis and soups. Add beans for extra fibre and filling power!
Mix it up
Add carrots (or other favourite veggies) to your breakfast cereal – yes, really! Why not try W.K. Kellogg’s No Added Sugar Granola with Raspberry, Apple & Carrot? This is the first time the brand has used vegetables as in ingredient in its 112-year history and is an easy way to get extra veg in your diet. Eating vegetables at breakfast is a great way to set you up for a day of eating more plant-based foods.
W. K. Kellogg No Added Sugar Granola Raspberry, Apple & Carrot, £3.79
Kellogg’s has introduced its first ever vegetable granola, which features real carrots. The W.K. Kellogg Raspberry, Apple & Carrot Granola is the first time the brand has used vegetables as an ingredient in its 112-year history.
Make a veg-powered smoothie for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Simply blitz a selection of delicious vegetables, such as cucumber, spinach, kale and carrots, adding fruits such as limes and apples for extra sweetness.
Snack on veggies
Snack on chopped up veggies instead of crisps, sweets or chocolates. Chop up crunchy veg, such as carrots, cucumber, peppers and celery and pop in a re-useable plastic container. Accompany with your favourite dips, such as hummus, or enjoy with cottage cheese. For added veggie goodness, you can even make your own veg-based dips, for example, cucumber filled tzatziki or a beetroot and feta dip.
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