Vegetables are one of the most necessary parts of an adult’s diet. June 17 is National Eat Your Vegetables Day. It’s a good time to look at the benefits of the different categories of vegetables. The ultimate goal is to enjoy vegetables of every color group each day. Here are some fun ways to put that into practice.
Vegetable kebabs are easy to prepare and cook. You can grill them or back them. Vegetable kebabs can also be served raw. Add a dipping sauce like tzatziki and add some dairy to their diet, too.
Some of the best options for kebabs are zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. You can be creative. Grape tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and basil leaves can be skewered and eaten raw. Pair pineapple, sweet potatoes, and red pepper and grill them. Serve those with a curry yogurt dipping sauce.
Prepare Large Batches of Chopped Salad
On a hot day, a chopped salad is easy to have read to eat. Chop favorite vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, and red onion and toss with a vinaigrette dressing and a protein source like cheese cubes or nuts.
A chopped salad provides multiple servings of vegetables in one easy-to-eat meal. You can make a batch and store it in smaller containers for a take-and-eat meal or snack. Chopped salads can be added to wraps for quick sandwiches, too.
Keep Crudities on Hand
Raw vegetables are a handy snack for your parents. Keep containers of cucumber, carrot, and celery sticks in the fridge. Your mom and dad can eat them with hummus or guacamole throughout the day.
Turn Them Into a Pizza Crust
Grated zucchini and cauliflower make a great pizza crust. Once grated, wrap the vegetable in cheesecloth and squeeze to get out all moisture. Add a couple of eggs, some grated mozzarella, and some grated asiago. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil and press the mixture into a flat circle. Bake it until it’s starting to brown.
Take it out of the oven and top it with sauce, toppings, and more cheese. Bake until golden and crispy on the edges.
Have someone else help your parents with grocery shopping and meal preparation. If they struggle to make healthy meals and you’re busy juggling work, kids, and your own personal time, elder care services are the right solution. Have caregivers available to take them shopping, put away groceries, and cook meals they’ll love. Call an elder care agency to get started.
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