Vegetables for Breakfast: A Healthy Way to Start the Day
Okay, folks. We all know when it comes to vegetables, the goal is at least five servings a day, right? It’s been drummed into our heads for years. And yet the typical American is still consuming only about two servings per day, on average. We can do better!
Part of the problem, I think, is that we often wait too long in the day to start thinking about vegetables. Eating five servings of veggies might seem a lot more daunting if it’s already 5 p.m., and you still haven’t had a single one. So why not start earlier, by incorporating some vegetables into your favorite breakfast dishes?
Don’t worry: I’m not suggesting that you sprinkle shredded carrots on your cold cereal (although, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could certainly add some to your pancake batter) or neatly arrange bits of broccoli all over your toast. Here are some easy options to help you jump-start a healthy day:
1) Top your bagel and cream cheese with a fat slice of tomato and/or some alfalfa sprouts;
2) Serve your scrambled eggs Southwest Style, topped with salsa;
4) Throw a handful of raw spinach or kale into your fruit-and-yogurt smoothie. (Your smoothie will be a virtuous green, but you won’t even taste the veggies!)
Or, if you want to get fancy, make any of these great vegetarian recipes.
You’ll have two servings of vegetables already out of the way if you make this delicious frittata.
Broccoli nestled in an eggy mixture with feta cheese is a tasty way to get your vegetables.
If you’re having a muffin anyway, why not make it one that delivers a few healthy vegetables?
The perfect dish to make when you’re having overnight guests, who need their five servings too!
Check out the vegetable potential in these great Breakfast Burrito Recipes!