You already read about the benefits of eating raw veggies. It gives you vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and can help to lose weight. But perhaps you don’t want to eat them plain because you will feel like a rabbit. To get around this you can serve them in creative ways and as a substitute for nutrient-poor foods.
According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), people who eat more generous amount of fruit and veggies reduces their risk of chronic diseases such as stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Livestrong wrote these creative ways to eat vegetables:
Instead of eating American salad that consist of iceberg lettuce, tomato, and few slices of cucumber, you can make your salad more appealing by using rich colored greens such as romaine, spinach, and baby arugula. Some idea how to make delicious salads are:
– Eat spinach salad with dried cranberries, sliced raw onions, and blue cheese
– Arugula with shredded carrots, diced apple, and pecans
– Romaine Caesar salad tossed with avocado, salsa, and black beans.
– Use celery as a base with diced bell pepper, jicama, and dress it with citrus vinaigrette
– Shred raw Napa cabbage, add with edamame, peanuts, and dressed it with Asian dressing
– Slice raw zucchini and yellow squash and toss with lemon, olive oil, and basil to serve with your grilled chicken
2. Partner with dip
Make vegetables more appealing by dip it with dressing. The wonderful ideas are:
– Try jicama, endive, green onions, or fennel as dippers, and serve them with hummus, baba ganoush, or tuna dip
– Use endive leaves to replace tortilla chips to dip is salsa sauce or melted cheese
– Offer raw vegetables as dippers on cheese fondue instead of cubes of bread
– Experiment with bagna cauda, an Italian broth based dip made with olive oil, anchovies, and garlic paired with raw zucchini and bell peppers
3. Replacing bread
You can try this following tips:
– Wrap your deli meats with a large leaf of romaine or butter lettuce
– use lettuce leaves as taco shell to provide crunch and cooling contrast to the warm filling
– Spread nut butter on celery sticks
– Dip carrots, bell pepper, and grape tomato to your tuna salad
– Topping endive or diagonally sliced zucchini with tangy tomato mixture instead of bruschetta