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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 November 19, 2019

                        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                        Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                        If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                        1. Create a Daily Plan

                        Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                        2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                        Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                        3. Use a Calendar

                        Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                        I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                        Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                        4. Use an Organizer

                        An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                        These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                        5. Know Your Deadlines

                        When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                        But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                        6. Learn to Say “No”

                        Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                        Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                        7. Target to Be Early

                        When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                        For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                        Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                        8. Time Box Your Activities

                        This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                        You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                        9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                        Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                        10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                        Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                        You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                        11. Focus

                        Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                        Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                        Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                        12. Block out Distractions

                        What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                        I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                        When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                        Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                        13. Track Your Time Spent

                        When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                        You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                        14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                        You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                        Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                        15. Prioritize

                        Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                        Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                        16. Delegate

                        If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                        When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                        17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                        For related work, batch them together.

                        For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                        1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                        2. coaching
                        3. workshop development
                        4. business development
                        5. administrative

                        I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                        18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                        What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                        One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                        While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                        19. Cut off When You Need To

                        The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                        Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                        20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                        Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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                        Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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