14 Ways to Eat More Vegetables

Want to eat healthier without cutting out your favorite foods? Here’s my best tip — eat more vegetables! They’re loaded with water, fiber and nutrients that will nourish your body and make you feel amazing! 

I started my health journey in college and the one constant that always helps me feel my best is incorporating a lot of veggies into my day-to-day diet. If you would have asked me 10+ years ago if I thought vegetables were exciting foods it would be a resounding NO, but today they are truly my favorite foods! There are so many fun ways to eat more vegetables so I wanted to dedicate an entire post to sharing them with you. Some of these ideas might be old news, but hopefully you’ll pick up a few creative ways to add vegetables to your diet and some new recipes to try! 

Four photos in a collage. Top left, a bowl of roasted broccoli, top right, a glass of a chocolate malt smoothie, bottom left, a plate with a salmon salad, bottom right, a bowl with zucchini noodle spaghetti salad.

1. Have veggies chopped and ready to eat, front and center in your fridge. It’s amazing how quickly (and eagerly!) you’ll reach for veggies when they’re ready to go. Put them in a little baggie for easy snacking. Pro tip: buy or make hummus, guacamole and your favorite dressings for dipping. Veggies are exponentially more delicious with a good dip. 😉 I’m personally on a jicama kick right now. Chop up your favorite veggie and snack away!

Bowl of hummus topped with spices and chickens next to a bowl of chopped raw veggies.

2. Spiralized veggies! I have the Inspiralizer and it’s seriously the best for making vegetable noodles! You can spiralize so many veggies – I usually reach for zucchini, sweet potato, and bell peppers. Think of any veggie . . . and there’s a high chance you can spiralize it. I love to swap out traditional noodles for veggie “noodles” but you can also get super creative with them like I did in these sweet potato and parsnip spiralized latkes or this spiralized carrot and cucumber kale salad.

zucchini noodle spaghetti salad in a bowl with wooden salad tongs

3. Salads. You knew this was coming didn’t you? Yup… I love my salads, even for breakfast. Salad doesn’t have to be boring and bland! Lucky for you, I’ve got countless salad recipes on my site to keep you inspired day after day. I’ve been hooked on this superfood salmon salad lately.

Vegan Cobb salad with chickpeas, onion, avocado, cucumber, vegan bacon, corn, tomatoes and carrots.

4. Riced veggies. Similar to spiralized veggies, you can “rice” a ton of vegetables. I’ve started to find rice veggies at more and more grocery stores in the refrigerated or frozen vegetable section, but you can also easily make your own in the food processor. Chop cauliflower, broccoli or sweet potato into tiny pieces and swap in for rice in practically any recipe. I find myself making cauliflower fried rice often!

Two bowls of fried cauliflower rice with carrots and broccoli. Chop sticks on the side of the bowl.

5. Graters aren’t just for cheese anymore! Get out your grater and grate up some veggies! Grate broccoli stems for broccoli slaw, grate carrots for a delicious carrot slaw or salad topping – almost any cruciferous veggie will work! This apple cider vinegar coleslaw is a great place to start (and perfect to take to a cookout!).

Cabbage and carrot slaw in a mint green bowl.

6. Soups. Come fall and winter, I’m a total soup gal. I love how easy it is to pack a ton of vegetables into a soup and I love making a family-sized soup so I can have easy meals for the whole week (or stick leftovers in the freezer for another day when I have less time to cook!). Try my instant pot butternut squash chili, this slow cooker sausage kale soup or my vegan curried sweet potato soup!

Two bowls of soup. One kale and sausage, one curried sweet potato soup topped with hemp seeds.

7. Smoothies. Does anyone else’s love of smoothies come and go in phases? I feel like I make them every day for a month straight and then don’t crave one for months! I probably don’t have to tell you that smoothies are a great way to pack a ton of nutrients and vegetables into a meal or a snack. Feel free to keep it as simple or get as creative as you want! You can make green smoothies with your favorite leafy greens, smoothies with sweet potatoes or cauliflower rice, zucchini smoothies… so many options. Check out my smoothie recipes to get inspired.

Two smoothies in glasses. One is a green pineapple smoothie, the other is a chocolate malted cauliflower smoothie.

8. Frozen vegetables in steamer bags. I love keeping them on hand for when I’m in a pinch. Pro tip: you don’t have to microwave them – just pop them out of the bag and steam them right on the stovetop!

9. Frozen veggies. There’s no shame in frozen vegetables! I love keeping them on hand for when I run out of fresh veggies or am in a pinch for time. Pro tip: you can roast frozen veggies in the oven!

Sheet pan with roasted broccoli.

10. Kale chips. Even if you’re a kale hater, try kale chips. There are so many ways to season kale chips, I’m willing to bet you can find a recipe that you like! I’m obsessed with these spicy and cheesy kale chips!

Bowl of cheesy kale chips.

11. Collard wraps and lettuce wraps. Instead of tortillas, try using collard greens or lettuce as a wrap! Need recipe ideas? Try these hummus collard wraps or these almond butter chicken salad lettuce wraps.

Hand holding a collard wrap that is sliced in half and stuffed with veggies and hummus.

12. Baked veggie fries. Yup, fries count as part of your vegetable intake. Best news ever, huh? My favorites = sweet potato fries, butternut squash fries and jicama fries. I usually just roast them in the oven, but lately I’ve been thinking about buying an air fryer so I can get them really crispy. Do you have one? Tell me all about it in the comments.

Plate with baked jicama fries and a bowl of guacamole.

13. Chips. Gosh, I am a chip lover. Lucky for me, I can enjoy as many chips as I want when I make them out of veggies! Similar to fries, you can make a ton of different veggies into chips, just slice thinly and dehydrate or roast in your oven! I love using regular potatoes or sweet potatoes to make veggie chips. The perfect snack!

Sweet potato chips in a dehydrator.

14. I saved the best for last in my opinion: veggies in desserts. You heard that right: vegetables can add an amazing consistency and flavor to many desserts! I have several options on my blog, like these sweet potato brownie bites, zucchini bread, avocado ice cream, avocado truffles and carrot cake, but also have avocado brownies on my list of things to try. Mmm!

Three photos collaged together. The first image is a slice of paleo carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, the second a hand holing a sweet potato brownie bite, the third a loaf of chocolate chip zucchini bread.

Are you feeling inspired? What are you going to do this week to incorporate more veggies into your day-to-day diet?!

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    1. HealthTimes
      March 19, 2021 AT 7:18 pm

      Excellent article and informative. Thanks for sharing.

      1. brahim d staps
        April 29, 2021 AT 4:26 am

        Thank you so much for sharing this post

        1. Brittany Mullins
          April 29, 2021 AT 10:49 am

          You’re so welcome! I’m so glad it’s been helpful for you 🙂

    2. Rachel
      October 16, 2019 AT 5:39 pm

      You’re so relatable in your writing. I enjoy your personality that shines through your blogging. Thanks for all these tips and the rest of your wellness articles. New reader over here! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 16, 2019 AT 6:25 pm

        Welcome to the EBF fam, Rachel! 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying the posts!

    3. Nina
      August 3, 2018 AT 3:01 pm

      I love the riced veggies idea! It’s the first time I hear about this and I think it’s great. We do spiralized veggies a lot and this is a great swap for some variety.

    4. Alexis Towle
      August 2, 2018 AT 11:50 am

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    5. Adrian @ Breezy Brain
      July 31, 2018 AT 7:54 pm

      These are some nice ideas for quick and healthy – except those potato chips 🙂 – vegetable meals. I usually like to make salads because they are super easy to prepare and you can put anything you want in a salad dish. Quinoa salad is one of my latest favorites.

      Haven’t tried collard wraps yet, but they look much healthier and lighter than flour tortillas. Could also be done with cabbage leaves. Time to get a little creative in the kitchen!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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