Winter is here. This is the time of year when we tend to take shortcuts with cooking and get lazy. We prefer to stay warm and stay inside the duvets. This results in reduced mobility, which in turn pinches our digestive process. Therefore, it is imperative to adapt our diets to the winter months and include more green leafy vegetables, which are a great source of nutrients and can be easily digested. But eating vegetables cooked the same way every day can be boring. So how about trying newer ways to make these vegetables desirable again?
Here are 7 ways you can increase your vegetable intake this winter without having to make drastic changes to your diet.
1) Make a vegetable valley:
Legumes are a great source of protein. In some areas, people add grated lauki to the valley. Mostly this is done with chana dal, but you can also do it with other pulses. Lauki chana dal is a typical North Indian curry in Punjabi style. Or you can try making dalma, a signature dish from Odisha. In it, a wealth of vegetables are cooked with dal and seasoned with ghee and other spices.
A salad is the easiest way to add fresh vegetables to your diet. Cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, gram and spinach tossed together with a dressing of yogurt, honey, salt and pepper – lip-tasting and healthy, right? How to make a mixed vegetable salad.
If you need more than just a vegetable salad, go for dips or snacks. Instead of snacking on greasy chips and fingers, why not munch on healthy alternatives. A big advantage of dips is that it can be cooked with almost any vegetable. Try making this tasty carrot dip or a tomato and celery dip.
This popular South Indian meal is made with rice dough and paired with delicious sambar. Idli can be a great way to add vegetables to your diet. Chop some vegetables finely like carrot and garnish the idli with it. Or you can add a whole range of vegetables depending on your choice in the sambar. Try making this high protein tadka veg idli.
5) Sauce and curry dishes:
In a few days, you can also return to the usual ways of eating vegetables. Making a mixed vegetable dish such as avial is an interesting way to add many vegetables to your diet. Another way is to try making ghanta, a traditional Odia blended vegetable curry.
Smoothies made with leafy vegetables such as spinach and carrots can be easily camouflaged with fruits like bananas, pineapple and mango to make smoothies. Filled with vital nutrients, it will keep you hydrated as well as energetic. Try making this smoothie filled with greens and protein.
7) Add vegetables in dalia, oats, khichdi, poha, upma:
We have all these tasty dishes on a regular basis. Why not adjust them and add a mix of our favorite vegetables. That would be a great energy booster for the day. Here is the recipe for daliya vegetable khichdi.
Consuming your share of vegetables for the day would not be uncomfortable if you follow these 7 ways to add them to your diet.