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Here’s Why You’ll Want to Eat Your Vegetables At Every Meal
After testing out a box from Hungryroot, we’re sold on these easy and delicious ways to eat more veggies!
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Vegetables sometimes get a bad rap. Maybe you think they’re bland, or you may have memories of “no dessert until you finish all of your veggies.” We’re here to tell you, vegetables deserve a seat at the table. It’s 2021 -- vegetables are now utilized in the most creative and tasty ways. What if we told you, vegetables could even be eaten for dessert…
We didn’t believe it at first either. But after getting a meal delivery box from Hungryroot we were sold. In our box of goodies, which included ingredients and recipes for simple meals, along with ready-to-eat snacks and desserts, was the most delicious cookie dough ever!
Cookie dough that you could eat with a spoon -- which we did -- but you’ll never guess the main ingredient: chickpeas! We promise this delicious almond chickpea dough tastes like neither of those two ingredients. Once baked, it’s a chocolate chip cookie through and through!
Chickpeas, which are high in fiber but low in calories, are actually a great substitute for flour in many baked goods. Additionally, we found chickpeas popping up in another unexpected place: our pasta!
Hungryroot included a box of Banza rotini, which is made from chickpeas but has the same texture as traditional pasta. Utilizing chickpea pasta, as well as the many other “pastas” made from vegetables now on the market -- lentils, broccoli, or carrots to name a few -- you can create any recipe that calls for regular pasta. Hungryroot included tomato sauce and grass-fed meatballs with our Banza rotini and we had a healthy and filling dinner in no time! That’s right -- all of the fiber in these veggie pastas helps you feel completely satisfied.
Speaking of veggie noodles, you can also create your own. They won’t have the same texture as the store-bought veggie pastas, but they still make for a great low-calorie base for you to add your favorite sauces and toppings to. Spaghetti squash is one of our favorites due to its slightly sweet flavor, and zucchini noodles and carrot noodles are a close second. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you may want to add this tool to your kitchen arsenal.
Adding vegetables to your lunchtime sandwiches or wraps is another great trick we learned from Hungryroot. They sent us wraps made from sweet potatoes to create a delicious grilled chicken tahini wrap. We added the obvious ingredients: chicken and tahini, but the addition of sauteed brussel sprouts threw us for a loop! We never thought to add this veggie to a sandwich or wrap, but it adds the perfect contrast in texture. The wrap had a nice crunch and tasted way more flavorful than the traditional lettuce leaf often haphazardly tossed into sandwiches.
Eating more vegetables will definitely aid in any weight loss goals you have, but more importantly, will improve your overall health. And, the kicker is, now that veggies can taste so good, you’ll be craving them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you need a hand getting started on this veggie adventure, check out Hungryroot!