Sneak them in to add bulk to your meal, not your body.

By Stacy Garay
Updated: December 10, 2015

It's recommended that we eat five to nine servings of vegetables each day. While the healthiest way to consume most produce is eating it raw or lightly steamed, some of us may need to get a little more creative to get all those servings down the hatch. Here are some ideas: 1. Mix and match spices, herbs, and condiments. I like basil, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cilantro, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, horseradish, mustard, oregano, rosemary, soy sauce, and more to add flavor without significantly adding calories.

2. Puree them into a soup. For thicker soup, blend a boiled potato into the mix. For a creamier texture, stir in some nonfat yogurt. And make sure to add onions, leeks, shallots, or garlic for extra flavor.

3. Get sneaky. I love spinach but my husband said if I made another spinach salad, he would throw it at me. So I put the leafy green into our pasta sauce the other night and heard no complaints from him!

Who's helping Stacy? Life coach Michelle Hastie, nutritionist Ruth Frechman, R.D., and personal trainer Whitney Cole.



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