Vegetables are full of nutrients including a range of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables are also high in dietary fibre, which helps to fill us up and is important for maintaining a healthy bowel. Most vegetables are low in calories. The exceptions are potato and sweetcorn which are higher in carbohydrate, and avocado which is high in fat. – however, they are still good sources of vitamins and minerals.
Try these quick and easy ideas to include more vegetables in your day:
- Stock your vegetable crisper with seasonal vegetables, or buy frozen vegetables, which are just as nutritious.
- Aim to include some vegetables with every meal. This might be as simple as making a quick salad at meal times. If you are cooking a curry, or a pasta sauce add cut up or grated vegetables to these as well.
- Add tinned vegetables like sweetcorn or legumes (e.g. chickpeas) to casseroles, soups or salads. Choose the reduced salt versions.
- Have vege sticks including cucumber, carrot, celery, capsicum cut up and ready to go for quick and easy snacks.