5 Fabulous Ways to Get your Veggie On Slideshow

Veggie and Fruits

Although juicing is often associated with fresh fruit, vegetables are just as juice-able! Even if youre new to juicing, the process is extremely easy to pick up, and will leave you with a delicious drink that you could actually feel nourishing your body! Decide on a vegetable of choice and add a few different fruits if you dont want the stand-alone veggie taste, and juice em together. A great recipe to get you started is carrot juice: combine a few chopped carrots, a peeled lemon and kiwi to the juicer. By adding fruit to the mix, you can let your taste buds tingle with all the different flavors! So get to your local grocery store or farmers market and get-a-juicin!

Veggie Crudite

In perhaps the simplest of suggestions, simply eating fresh-cut raw veggies is a fabulous way to fill that hunger deep in your stomach, all while giving your body the fiber and vitamins it needs! You may think that raw veggies could never curb your craving, but we promise if you give this easy snack a chance, youll love it! Cut up all different types of veggies that you can conveniently grab at your local grocery store or farmers market. Pair this snack with some homemade hummus for added flavor. Simply blend together a can of chickpeas, a clove of garlic, a teaspoon of cumin and a dash of olive oil for a fabulous tasting dip! Sheckys suggestion: store a few slices of each vegetable in separate sealed baggies, that way you have no excuse not to quickly grab this satisfying snack when youre on the go!

Veggie Chips

A great way to snack while still getting your fill of much-needed nutrients is baked veggie chips! Not only will these chips help you reach the necessary amount of veggies in your diet, but they are so ridiculously easy to make, its almost a sin we havent thought of this before. Snatch up any hardy vegetable (potatoes, kale, beets, onions, zucchini, carrots, etc.) from the store, and simple cut them up into moderately thin slices. Lightly coat with some olive oil, sprinkle with some black pepper (avoid the salt if you can!) and bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through. Skip the packaged, processed, no-good store bought veggie chips, and quickly bake up your own delicious veggie chips!

Veggie Smoothies

Hello, veggie smoothie! This creative, extremely nutritious and refreshingly delicious drink has us saying yum, big time. Not far off from juicing your fruits, all you have to do is chop up your chosen veggies (the more, the merrier!), add either skim milk or natural fruit juice (for sweetness), and blend together! Make sure you blend this baby fully so that you can sip up every last bit of deliciousness through a straw. The best part about these smoothies? You can easily experiment with different veggies to get the taste you desire. If youre not sure where to begin, try a handful of spinach, chopped tomatoes and one whole carrot blended with some natural fruit juice. Prepare to be amazed!

Veggie Pasta

Instead of having to trick the kids to eat healthy veggies, sometimes we have to trick our own palate! But this magnificent method of increasing your fresh veggie intake is not only extremely easy, but you get to control the creativity! Mix broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, carrots, string beans and onions to either pasta or rice in a medium sauce pan. Stir in a little chicken broth (or water, for all you vegans!) and some pepper and garlic powder to flavor, and voila! You have not only a delicious meal, but at least 2 of your daily servings of veggies!