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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 May 28, 2020

                        How to Overcome Boredom

                        How to Overcome Boredom

                        Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                        I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                        If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                        What is Boredom?

                        We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                        You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                        It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                        If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                        When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                        Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                        If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                        Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                        Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                        In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                        It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                        Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                        Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                        In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                        3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                        1. Get Focused

                        Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                        You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                        Here are a few ideas:

                        • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                        • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                        • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                        2. Kill Procrastination

                        Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                        So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                        Here are some ideas:

                        • Do some exercise.
                        • Read a book.
                        • Learn something new.
                        • Call a friend.
                        • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                        • Do a spring cleaning.
                        • Wash the car.
                        • Renovate the house.
                        • Re-arrange the furniture.
                        • Write your shopping list.
                        • Water the plants.
                        • Walk the dog.
                        • Sort out your mail & email.
                        • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                        3. Enjoy Boredom

                        If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                        Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                        So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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                        Featured photo credit: Johnny Cohen via unsplash.com

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