Updated 3/23/2021: And you can too with these easy tricks. You may not even notice they are in there. It is easy to add fruits because they are sweet. But, veggies are often crunchy and some say with little to no flavor. After I was diagnosed with CKD I changed my diet completely. However, I realized my husband and kids didn’t eat a lot of fruit and veggies either. These are 5 ways I have learned to add more veggies, and one I have not tried yet but will when I remember to buy the equipment needed. Be sure and check out my Youtube video below. I will be doing a new one soon for my special for the month of April 2021. For March 2021 I am giving away 30 minute coaching sessions related to Healthier Kidneys. If you would like to learn more about that click here.
1- Smoothies. This is my absolute top way to add veggies to my diet. You do not even know they are in there, though they can make your smoothies some interesting colors. I have a small smoothie maker. I have put carrots, spinach, parsley, kale and I keep telling myself to try beets too. With fruit, you won’t even know the veggies are in there. If you have CKD like me use fruits that are lower in potassium. My small smoothie maker can not hold a lot so I don’t ever overdo it. Berries are great options for CKD smoothies. For veggies, green leafy veggies give the most bang for their buck but are also high in potassium. If you take a blood thinner, greens are also high in Vitamin K which may interfere with the blood thinner.
2- Everyone at my house loves mashed potatoes. I have used half regular potatoes and half sweet potatoes. Also with regular potatoes cook some cauliflower and mash it in altogether. No one at my house even knew there was cauliflower in there.
3- Don’t like smoothies drink V8 juice. My husband drinks a can every morning before he goes to work. While my kids don’t like traditional V8 juice, they do drink V8 Splash. It isn’t as good but it is better than other things they could choose to drink. Sometimes I even put V8 juice in my smoothies.
4- Add extra veggies to soups and sauces. I always add onions, peppers and sometimes mushrooms to pasta sauce. I love straight-up vegetable soup that doesn’t even need meat. I purchased a cauliflower alfredo sauce that everyone just loved. You could even do this with Mac n Cheese, by adding veggies to the cheese mixture. Even better make your own sauce using all the veggies you want.
5- For breakfast, instead of 2 eggs I have one egg scrambled and cook up veggies to go with it. Such as peppers, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, etc.
How do you sneak veggies into your daily diet? Share in the comments.
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