Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Veggies For Breakfast

As a way to get more veggies into our diet, I've been finding ways to add them into our breakfasts.

I once worked with a lady who would eat a small salad for breakfast as a way to get extra veggies in. I don't know about you, but that really doesn't sound that appetizing to me at breakfast! Neither does a bowl of steamed veggies,for that matter.

Here are a few more pleasing ways I'm adding vegetables into our breakfasts:

--Green smoothies. I've been adding a handful or two of spinach into our smoothies for a while, and lately have been reading about them all around the blogosphere. Lindsay has written a very informative post with different combinations of fruit and greens. My husband doesn't care for too much green color in his smoothies, so I add more fruit than spinach! We really like strawberry with banana or pineapple, along with some plain yogurt, a little honey and a dash of vanilla.

--Scrambled eggs and omelets. Green peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and chopped tomatoes are good in eggs. For omelets, I usually saute peppers, onions and mushrooms before adding. But I add raw finely chopped veggies to scrambled eggs as they are cooking.

--Salsa. I like a spoonful of salsa on eggs!

--Sliced tomato. So the tomato is technically a fruit, but most of us use it as a veggie. My husband thinks this is a bit odd, but I enjoy sliced tomatoes alongside egg dishes.

--Avocado. I love the smooth texture of avocado. It's so good on toast, a bagel or with eggs(Can you tell we eat a lot of eggs?)

We don't eat veggies every morning, but I've been aiming for these healthy additions at least a couple of days a week. Not only do we get a few more nutrients, but we end up feeling full a little longer,too!

Please share any ideas you have for adding vegetables to your breakfasts!

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Amanda P said...

What a great way to try and incorporate more veggies. That's kind of what I'm shooting for right now, focusing on fruits and veggies. The spinach in the smoothie is perfect, my kids have smoothies all the time so that's a great way to sneak it in. Thanks for the idea!

Shynea @ Penny Pinching Diva said...

I have actually tried a few of these tips in adding more veggies to my family's breakfast. I have never tried a green smoothie though. That sounds really good. I will have to try it.

Kristen said...

I love the avocado tip - sounds great!

mub said...

I love having salsa on eggs, I really should do it more often!

JessieLeigh said...

I absolutely LOVE veggies for breakfast! I'm always cooking them up in my eggs. :) I find my kids are more receptive to eating veggies this way too.

These are great tips!

UnfinishedMom said...

Oh what good ideas. I've been thinking the same thing - needing more veggies in our diet. Thanks so much for the tips!

Andrea said...

I love green smoothies! My kids love them too. We rarely have them for breakfast though. We really should. I love to make oven omelets with spinach or peppers and mushrooms. Yum! This is a great reminder that we really need to eat them more often for breakfast.