1. Sneak in veggies. It's amazing how having kids can help you find creative ways to sneak more vegetables into a meal, but this tip isn't just for kids. This one works well for anyone who isn't a huge fan of vegetables. Finely dice carrots, zucchini, and peppers and add to meatballs or meatloaf. Don't ever make another tomato based pasta sauce without adding vegetables — such as onion, green peppers, carrots, or eggplant — to the sauce. Don't have time for dicing and chopping vegetables? Add a whole-bag of frozen Italian vegetables to the sauce. Just saut the vegetables first and then add to sauce. Use this same tip for soups, chilis, and stews as well.
  2. Order vegetables when eating out. Eating at restaurants offers many challenges, but you can make things easier by ordering vegetables when eating out. Start your meal with a salad and order a side of vegetables with your entre. Most restaurants have plenty of vegetables to choose from, whether it's steamed broccoli, mixed vegetables, cooked spinach, or asparagus. Making a conscious effort to swap veggies for fries or onion rings at restaurants can help lower the total carbs and calories of your meal.
  3. Eat more salad. Salad can be a great side dish or satisfying meal on its own. You can load salads up with vegetables and pack them with protein. Try experimenting with different types of lettuce, spinach, and veggies. Add some bold flavor with cheese, almonds, sunflower seeds, or avocado.

For more information, check out these resources and recipes:

Recipe for Veggie Chili
Mix and Match Salads
Eat the Rainbow: Hues of Orange
The 25 Lowest Carb Veggies
Low Carb Breakfast Frittata
Crispy "Fried" Vegetables

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NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.

 

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