This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Evolution Fresh®. All opinions are 100% mine.
One of my biggest goals for 2016 was to consistently get more greens in my diet. Despite following a plant-based diet, I’m actually not a huge fan of vegetables. It’s not that I hate them per se but they’re never really the first things I think of when it comes time to eat.
I started off great at the beginning of last year but lost my way somewhere around summer. So this year I’m determined to get my act together. Which is why, when Evolution Fresh® reached out to me about being part of their #MySmallSip initiative, I jumped at the chance.
What better way to take a sip in a brighter direction than to recommit to eating more greens just in time for National Green Juice Day on January 26th?
The last time I consistently ate vegetables, I was on a pretty restrictive ‘clean eating’ diet. On the surface, my diet was healthy but I wasn’t in a great place mentally and I’m in no rush to go back there.
This time around my aim is to make small changes and slowly (read: sneakily) introduce more greens into my diet.
3 tips to help you get more greens in your diet
1. Drink your greens
Hands down the easiest way to get enough vegetables in your diet is to drink them in green juices and smoothies. Green smoothies are simple to make and green juices are easy enough to find if you know where to look.
Plus, they’re the perfect way to get your greens in when you’re on the go.
My favourite green juices at the moment are the Evolution Fresh® green juices and I’m in love with them for a couple of reasons. First, they have some seriously delicious juices which makes it easy to get my daily servings of fruits and veggies in without gagging.
They’re also available at my local Starbucks so I don’t have to go too far to grab one. And finally each green juice has 10g of sugar or less per serving so I don’t have to worry about overdoing it on that front.
Pretty great right?
2. Make it easy to add veggies to meals
One of my biggest reasons for not eating more vegetables is that I hate prepping them. All that washing and cutting takes a lot of work and the payoff isn’t all that great in my opinion.
However, I’ve found that if I have my vegetables prepped and ready to go I’m much more likely to add them to meals when the time comes. Ideally, I try to prep a bunch of veggies for the week or a few days at a time.
But realistically, I know that food prep isn’t my strong suit and that’s probably true for some of you as well.
So here are a few other ways to make your vegetable prep a little easier:
- buy pre-cut vegetables for snacks during the week
- buy pre-washed greens for quick salads
- buy canned or frozen veggies for easy stir-fries or steamed veggies
3. Sneak veggies into meals and baked goods
If you’re a long time reader, you’ll know that I love sneaking veggies into my baked goods and finding new ways to cook with them. It started because I enjoy the challenge of trying new things with my baked goods.
Getting more fruits and vegetables in my diet was just an added bonus. But these days it’s become second nature to me and I don’t even really think about it anymore.
What about you?
What healthy living/eating resolutions have you set for 2017? How to do you plan to take a sip in a brighter direction this year?