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10 Clever Ways to Get More Veggies in Your Diet

10 Clever Ways to Get More Veggies in Your Diet

Lettuce Sandwich

    Have you ever been told to eat fewer vegetables? Probably not. They are a necessary component of any healthy diet.

    There are easy ways to eat vegetables more often than you ever have before–all you need to do is replace grain-based foods with veggies! Soon you’ll be over your reliance on pasta, rice and bread.

    Here are 10 creative ways to think outside the box when it comes to vegetables. The more you begin thinking like this, the more fun veggies will suddenly become. Many of these ideas are great gluten-free and paleo options as well.

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    Zucchini noodles

      1. Zucchini Noodles

      Use a vegetable peeler to shave zucchini into ribbons. Layer on a baking tray with some oil and bake for about 15 minutes. Serve this anywhere you’d regularly serve pasta or buttery noodles.

      cauliflower rice

        2. Cauliflower Rice

        You’ll be amazed at how well grated cauliflower works in place of steamed rice. This is much quicker than boiling rice and good for soaking up curry sauces. Like its cousin broccoli, it’s chock full of nutrients.

        Carrot spaghetti

          3. Carrot Spaghetti

          Shave thin carrot ribbons with your vegetable peeler. Simmer these in boiling water, like pasta, until just tender. Drain and serve with your favorite pasta sauce.

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          Cauliflower

            4. Cauliflower Couscous

            Cauliflower is one of the most underrated vegetables. The lack of green color means it doesn’t at first appear as “healthy” as other greens. However, this can be a benefit if you’re looking for a “stealth” veggie to serve those who might shy away from the goodness of vegetables. Just grate or chop raw cauliflower in a food processor and sauté it in a little oil until soft. You can use this anywhere you’d usually serve cooked couscous. 

            Spinach

              5. Baby Spinach Pasta

              If you’ve got a ragu or hearty pasta sauce, just substitute pasta for a bed of baby spinach leaves. It’s a light dish and quicker too, since there’s no need to boil any water for the pasta. It’s also great with tofu instead of rice.

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              Cabbage

                6. Shaved Cabbage Vermicelli

                Shave white or savoy cabbage with a mandoline until you have what resembles vermicelli. Serve with a stew or a pasta sauce. You can also toss the shaved cabbage in lemon juice and olive oil with parmesan cheese for a lovely main course salad.

                Cauliflower rice krispies

                  7. Cauliflower Rice Krispies

                  Try finely chopping cauliflower and serving with your favorite Greek yogurt and granola. This is great for breakfast and will add a bit of snap, crackle, pop to a normal granola bowl.

                  Lettuce Wraps

                    8. Lettuce Wraps/Sandwiches

                    Your favorite sandwich filling is delicious, right? So why not just wrap it in crisp iceberg or cos lettuce leaves?

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                    Kale Chips

                      9. Kale Chips

                      If you’re craving potato chips but would really like a healthy salty snack replacement, try kale chips. Just toss dry kale leaves in a little oil and bake on a tray for 12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Salt them after you take them from the oven. These are also wonderful with grated parmesan cheese.

                      Eggplant lasagna

                        10. Eggplant Lasagna

                        Similar to the Greek moussaka, replace the pasta sheets in lasagna with grilled or pan-fried eggplant slices. Your eggplant lasagna doesn’t have to be vegetarian, so feel free to add protein like Italian sausage.

                        Featured photo credit: cauliflower ‘couscous’-3/Jules Clancy via flic.kr

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                        Last Updated on August 4, 2020

                        8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

                        8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

                        Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

                        What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

                        By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

                        I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

                        Less is more.

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                        Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

                        What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

                        Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

                        1. Create Room for What’s Important

                        When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

                        2. More Freedom

                        The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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                        3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

                        When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

                        Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

                        You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

                        4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

                        All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

                        We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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                        It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

                        5. More Peace of Mind

                        When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

                        The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

                        6. More Happiness

                        When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

                        You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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                        7. Less Fear of Failure

                        When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

                        In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

                        8. More Confidence

                        The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

                        What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

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