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How To Put More Vegetables In Your Diet

Updated on August 26, 2012
A variety Of Vegetables
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Sometimes it is a difficult thing to get the right amount of vegetables in your diet. Whether you follow the food guide or a specific diet, Atkins, etc. it is clear that meals should be heavy on vegetable and fruits and carry a lesser amount of meat, milk products and grains. Sometimes there can be aspects that hold back the amount of vegetables you eat like spoilage, unavailability at specific times of year, or we are just not thinking when we are at the grocery store. How often have we started preparing dinner and realized that there is no vegetable to use as a side dish then we crack open the TV dinners. This is not very healthy. This article is primarily to help come up with ideas for getting more vegetables in your diet and meals.

V8 Vegetable Juice

As many know different vegetables have different properties, some supply different groups of vitamins, are good for certain organs. Thus the need for so many vegetable servings per day. V8 vegetable juice is made from eight different types of vegetables hence the name. So it is an excellent source of vitamins and does the same as a prepared dish of vegetables. With a mixture of eight different vegetables you can be assured that you are getting a wide range of different vitamins that could normally only come from having eight different plates of different vegetables. Honestly it isn't so hard to prepare vegetables to begin with but going to the fridge and pouring a glass of V8 is that much simpler. It also helps to buy several jugs, they don't need to be refrigerated until open and will keep for some time without spoiling. It is also good as if you suddenly realize you have no vegetables you can simply pull out a jug to fill the void.

Vegetable Gardens

To keep the flow of fresh vegetables coming into your home take some time to plant some seeds. If you have a backyard, big or small, there are no excuses for not having a garden. If you only have an apartment this can be tricky but if you have anywhere that gets sunlight and you can place pots this is good enough. If planting a garden as pots check our article on garden in containers here. From experience plum tomatoes grow quickly and are very thick with tomatoes, they also endure difficult growing conditions. Lettuce grows quickly in a garden or even shallow pots. Jumbo carrots are also very durable if they don't grow to jumbo size they will still grow enough to eat. Radishes can grow quickly and they are very good for you. Yellow beans seem to be more resistant to bugs and potatoes are easily grown from another potato taken from a household bag.

Other Advice

Keep a shopping list and keep it high on vegetables. Explore options in the grocery aisle, there are many not so common imported vegetables that offer a high level of many vitamins. Keep in mind that the more vegetables you get into your diet the healthier you will be.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Sueswan - well I think I commented on this to someone else previously but there is a V8 that is specifically low sodium, I know because I accidentally bought that kind once. But juicing veggies is great too your right, thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      healthylife2 - true true, thanks for commenting and reading :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi terrektwo,

      Drinking V8 juice is a great way to get those extra vegetables in our diet but not for those on low sodium diets. For them, I would suggest juicing vegetables.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Take care :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      dinkan53 - V8 is great!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Jamie Brock - no problem :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      teaches12345 - true V8 can really help, I have had a lot of trouble getting a lot of veggies in my diet so V8 is great for me :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      catgypsy - that is cool I have never tried V8 in spaghetti, I shall try that :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      writer20 - sometimes lifestyles can be pretty hectic so hopefully these tips help, thanks for reading :)

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great hub reminding people to eat vegetables daily! Although fresh vegetables are ideal it's a good idea to keep a supply of frozen or canned because that's better than not eating vegetables.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      We all need to do this! I'm going to take these into account for sure, thanks for this article. Voted up and useful.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Great ideas about getting more vegetables into the diet, thank you for sharing :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      suzzycue - yep gardens are good to have, but your right it has been pretty hot this year. Thanks for reading :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I used to have a V8 almost every mornining when I was in the workforce. It taste good and does give you vitamins needed to help you keep healthy and strong. Thanks for the share.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      I love V8 and also use it in my spaghetti sauce, or any tomato based sauce. I start with tomato sauce and then add as much V8 as I can without making the sauce too watery.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Francesca27 - I'm sure they can help :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your so right about getting more veggies, sometimes I just can't be bothered with cleaning and peeling. Now I'll get my laziness together, thanks.

      Vote up useful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      kelleyward - there is a V8 bottle that is low sodium it should be marked as such. We tried that one too but it is a bit of a trade off on taste, hope this helps.

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A vegetable garden is a great idea. This year was very hot and the price of watering was very high but other years I have had a lot better luck. V8 I love thanks for the info.

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      Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

      I do need to try your suggestions to get more veggies into my meals. Ty.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how to get more veggies into your diet. I haven't tried V8 because I thought it was too high in sodium. I'll check next time I'm at the grocery store. Take care, Kelley