Traditionally, the holidays are filled with evenings of long, cosy dining. Many people therefore have the well-known New Year's resolution in January: 'I will eat healthier this year'. Whether you really ate a lot, or unhealthy during the holidays or not, this new year’s resolution won’t do any harm. You can make a good start by adding more vegetables to your diet. Vegetables contain few calories, but they do contain a lot of dietary fibre. Vegetables are also packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and iron. These are all nutrients that we need for good health. For example, folic acid is necessary to produce red and white blood cells and iron helps transport oxygen throughout the body. Eating vegetables therefore provides many health benefits and the general advice of the Nutrition Center is therefore to eat at least 250 grams of vegetables per day. Especially if you don't eat vegetables often or don't like to eat vegetables, it can seem like a lot of work to take this amount daily. To help you on your way, we give you a few tips below to easily add more vegetables to your diet.
Drink your vegetables
Yes, you read that right! Vegetables can not only be added raw or cooked to your (evening) meal, but you can also drink them. To eat enough vegetables, you can process (part of) your daily portion of vegetables in a healthy smoothie. Spinach is very suitable for processing in a tasty smoothie, for example with banana and apple. If you are the lucky owner of a PlantHome, you can of course also use our refreshing smoothie mix!
Grow your own vegetables
If you're not really into vegetables, it can help to get started with growing your own vegetables. This way you get involved in the growing process of the plant and there is a greater chance that you’ll really want to use the vegetables. Growing vegetables can be done on a piece of land in your backyard, but it is even easier to use the PlantHome indoor vegetable garden. In the PlantHome, your plants always have enough light and you do not use potting soil or pesticides. So you can grow your vegetables in your own kitchen in a clean and easy way.
Make your vegetables visible
It may sound strange, but it can help to make sure that the vegetables you have in your house are in sight. After all, if you look at that fresh cucumber or cheerfully coloured carrots all day long, there is a greater chance that you will feel like eating them at some point! Of course, this works even better when you grow your own vegetables and have a wonderfully fresh, home-grown lettuce in your kitchen.
Make a big pot of soup
If you want to eat more vegetables, it’s a very good idea to prepare a large pot of soup. Soup is the perfect dish to use a lot of vegetables. Not only can you vary endlessly with the type of soup you make, but you can also eat the soup at different times of the day. If you make a big pot of soup at the beginning of the week, you will enjoy it for the rest of the week. You can eat the soup for lunch, but also as a healthy and quick evening meal.