Eat More Fresh Vegetables
We should all eat more fresh vegetables. June is National Fruit and Veggies Month, and June 16th is Fresh Veggies Day. So for this week I’m going to focus on fruits and veggies.
Fresh vegetables- as opposed to canned or frozen. Fresh veggies- the kind you get in the produce aisle, or even better, at your local farmers market.
What are some ways to eat more fresh vegetables?
Keep reading for some examples.
1. Crudités.Chop or slice some raw veggies and serve them with hummus. I love to do this with carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes. This is a really great snack or appetizer.
2. Salads. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to chop up a bunch of fresh veggies and store them in glass containers in the fridge. Then each day a make a salad full of green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, sunflower seeds for some extra delicious crunch, and top it off with some olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. I find the key to a really enjoyable salad is to invest in some excellent quality oil and vinegar, and to buy fresh organic produce.
3. Homemade pizza. Every summer one of my best friends hosts a bbq and we all choose our own toppings from a bunch of fresh veggies. Then she cooks us each up our own personal fresh veggie pizza on the grill. This is a lot of fun to do with friends or family, and when you make personal pizzas even the picky eaters are happy.
4. Roasted red peppers. I love roasted red peppers and they are so easy to make at home. You can roast them in the oven or bbq them. Here’s the oven recipe-
– Fresh red bell peppers
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheight
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
4. Slice the bell pepper into quarters, removing the seeds and inner membrane.
5. Place on the baking sheet and into the oven. Bake for 7-10 min.
6. Flip the peppers and bake for 7-10 min. longer.
7. Remove and let cool, serve and enjoy.
What is your favorite way to eat more fresh vegetable? Let me know in the comments.