9 Meal-Prep Hacks to Help You Eat More VeggiesBy Diana Kelly Levey
Have you ever looked back on what you ate and thought, “Wow, I didn’t have any vegetables today, how did that happen?” For most of us, it’s pretty easy to hit—and exceed—the recommended daily servings of carbohydrates. But getting the USDA-suggested three to five servings of vegetables per day takes effort.
One of the best ways to make sure you eat more veggies is to plan ahead. “The less you have to do when you’re hungry, the better decisions you’re going to make,” says Carlene Thomas, RDN. “At the end of a long day, if meal prep is already done, that makes it much easier to eat healthfully.”
Research bears this out. One 2017 study found that people who engage in meal planning are more likely to eat a variety of foods and have a healthier diet, and less likely to be overweight.
Here are 9 meal-prep hacks to help you work more vegetables into recipes and weekday dishes.
Green Up Your Grab-and-Go
Making baked-egg cups in muffin tins is a great way to keep healthy options at the ready for the morning rush. Adding different cooked veggies like broccoli, peppers, and leafy greens will change up the flavor and texture so you can enjoy this easy breakfast several days without getting bored (cooked veggies will safely last three to four days in the fridge). To really stay ahead of the game, make two dozen at once and stash the extras in the freezer for another week. And don’t just think of these for breakfast—egg cups also make a great high-protein snack.
Substituting Bibb lettuce leaves for bread or wraps for sandwiches is another way to add more vegetables into quick meals. You can a