Eat More Veg with These 5 Tips

5 tips to eat more veg

Do you dread the idea of adding veg to your dinner? What if you could find a way to make them a highlight of your meal rather than simply enduring them because they’re healthy?

If it feels like a chore to get your 5-a-day, I hope these tips will inspire you to get excited about eating your veggies and offer some ideas on how to make them taste great.

1. Experiment with texture

If you struggle with the texture of vegetables – try experimenting with how you cook them.

I’m convinced that many people don’t like Brussels sprouts because they’ve been served boiled-to-death mushy sprouts their whole life! Roasting sprouts is a game-changer – trust me.

Different cooking methods will give vegetables a different texture, so make sure to experiment and see which ones you prefer:

  • Boiling
  • Steaming
  • Roasting
  • Sautéing
  • Baking
  • Stir-frying 

You can also try preparing them in different ways. I know this might take more time and effort, but if it helps you eat more veg then it might be worth it.

As an example, these are just a few of the ways you can prep carrots to create a variety of textures:

  • Grate and add to sandwiches or wraps
  • Finely chop and add to dishes such as curry or bolognese
  • Blend into soups or sauces
  • Cut into batons and have with dips
roasting vegetables makes them taste sweeter

2. Roast for extra sweetness

Switching up the way you cook vegetables can completely transform their taste as well.

Take roasting as an example. Personally, this is my favourite way to cook vegetables because it’s really easy and it brings out their natural sweetness. You heard me right, vegetables can be sweet!

Some of the best vegetables for roasting include:

  • Peppers
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Red onion
  • Carrots
  • Courgette
  • Tomatoes (though technically a fruit!)

3. Season, season, season

Vegetables can taste great on their own. But, if you need a helping hand to eat more of them, herbs and spices are a nutritious and hassle-free way to add lots of flavour.

4 Steps to Deliciously Seasoned Roasted Veg:
  1. Chop some vegetables into smaller chunks
  2. Add to an oven-proof baking tray and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Add your favourite herbs and spices (there are endless combinations, so get experimenting to find what flavours you like)
  4. Roast in the oven (I often roast vegetables at 180°C fan for 30-40 minutes – but this might vary depending on the oven, the size of the chunks and the types of vegetables you are using. For example, peppers roast fairly quickly, whereas butternut squash takes much longer).

💡 Bonus tip: Make your own spice mix with a selection of your favourite spices – this will save you time when cooking!

Other great flavour-enhancing ingredients include:

  • Fresh ginger (great in stir-fry or soup)
  • Fresh chillies or chilli flakes
  • Fresh garlic, garlic puree or garlic granules
  • Sauces (e.g. soy sauce or hot chilli sauce)
  • Dressings (a zesty tahini dressing can transform a salad)
using spices can help you eat more veg

4. Save time with frozen veg

Does the time to prep and cook vegetables put you off from eating them?

I get it – the last thing you want to do when you come home from work is chop vegetables and wait patiently for them to cook.

That’s why frozen vegetables could be your solution to eating more of them.

Most mainstream supermarkets now offer a wide range of pre-chopped frozen vegetable packs – such as sliced carrots, diced onion and mixed bags of vegetables for roasting. So, having a few options in your freezer to reach for when you want a quick and healthy meal could make eating vegetables feel like less of a chore.

💡 Remember: Frozen veg is just as nutritious as fresh veg, though sometimes it can be slightly more expensive (depending on the brand). If saving money is important for you, compare the costs of frozen and fresh veg per 100g/per kilogram.

If saving time is at the top of your priority list, check out my 5 Time-Saving Tips to Help You Eat More Plants.

5. Quality could be holding you back

I am all for shopping on a budget, but sometimes buying better quality products that are a bit more expensive can make a big difference.

Take frozen sweetcorn as an example: I have found that the cheaper sweetcorn brands usually don’t taste as sweet as the more expensive ones.

If you can afford to stretch your budget a little bit further to get a product that you find more appetising, it might be worth being picky with your brand choices.

Again, this is something for you to explore for yourself to see what you like – everyone’s preferences and budgets are different!

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