I really love vegetables! At times, making that simple statement gets me odd looks. Since I know there are people who don’t share my veggie love. I can think of friends and family members that would turn up their noses at seeing an abundance of vegetables on their plate.
More on ways you can incorporate vegetables into the vegetable haters meal, after I post the savory green smoothie recipe.
About an hour ago, I made a delcious savory vegetable green smoothie. I’m a savory girl, always have been and so the savory green smoothie was delicious. You do realize that green smoothies don’t have to be sweet, to taste good right?
Raw Vegan: Savory Green Smoothie
- 3 large tomatoes
- 3 stalks celery
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 3 large collard leaves
- 5 Romaine lettuce leaves
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 cups of water (add more if desired.)
- *Pinch of Sea salt (optional)
That’s it, serve and enjoy!
Soon after making this, I poured myself a large stainless steel cup of the savory green smoothie. I enjoyed drinking this savory, delicious, and nutritious treat.
Introducing vegetables into a ‘vegetable haters’ diet can be challenging. I’ve met people that wanted to include more vegetables in their diet but were unsure of how to do so. Developing a taste for something you normally don’t eat can take some time to get used to. For example, in my early twenties I didn’t like eating raw collards or kale. Now, I happily munch on them daily. In time, I developed a taste for them. For those of you who are a little skeptical about grazing on a big bowl of raw dark greens I’ve included a few ways you can add more vegetables into your daily routine.
Creative ways to add vegetables into a daily routine
- Naturally sweet (raw) smoothies/juices can be a delicious way to sneak vegetables a meal
- Add vegetable juices into your sauces/gravies
- Make frozen fruit pops with your fruit/vegetable smoothies
- Mix vegetable pasta in with the regular pasta
- Incorporate finely chopped vegetables into stuffed dishes; peppers, lasagna, potato boats
The key is to introduce things slowly, although some people can do a complete change overnight, others take time to transition to a healthier way of eating. Of course, you don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to eat healthy, but you do have to make healthy decisions about the types of foods you, or your family does eat. I’ve met some vegans and vegetarians that weren’t healthy because of the bad choices they made. Their selections were highly processed vegan foods, and very little whole foods.
The bottom line is taking care of your body. We cannot turn it in because we’ve abused it. It’s the only body we’re given. Knowing that, it’s important to think about our food choices. That’s where it gets tricky, we usually don’t see the direct effects of bad food choices until weeks, months, or even years after eating a certain way. It’s important to be mindful of the food choices we make. Don’t blindly accept what anyone tells you, do the research, and take note of the effects when you add healthier options into your daily lifestyle.