How to Eat More Vegetables This Summer: Tips & Ideas

May 21, 2024
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Are you wondering how to include more vegetables in your diet this summer? As the days get longer and the weather becomes warmer, our bodies naturally crave lighter, more refreshing meals and there’s plenty to choose from!

Keep reading to discover our top tips and ideas for creating delicious, vegetable-packed meals everyone will enjoy.

Best Vegetables to Eat in the Summer

Lots of vegetables are in their prime during the summer months such as tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, corn, and leafy greens like spinach and kale. These vegetables are not only packed with flavour but are rich in essential vitamins and minerals too and there’s a range of ways to incorporate these veggies into your meals. We’d recommend adding them to tasty burritos, fajitas and more!

Easy Ways To Eat More Vegetables

Incorporating vegetables into your daily meals doesn't have to be a daunting task. Here are some easy and enjoyable ways to eat more vegetables.

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Wrap It Up

Use Old El Paso's Flour Tortilla Wraps Regular 8 Pack as a base for wrap sandwiches filled with fresh vegetables and protein-rich ingredients like grilled chicken or tofu.
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Blend It Smooth

Boost your morning routine by adding a handful of leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, to your favourite smoothie recipe. You won't even taste the vegetables, but you'll get all the nutritional benefits.
 Old El Paso fajitas filled with roasted halloumi and vegetables

Spice It Up

Experiment with new flavours by adding seasonings and spices to your vegetables. Old El Paso's Fiery Jalapeno & Tomato Fajita Kit can add a spicy kick to your vegetable fajitas, making them even more exciting.
Don’t forget to explore different cooking methods and recipes that highlight the vegetable’s natural flavours too. You might just discover a new way to enjoy your favourites! Grilling vegetables like zucchini and bell peppers can bring out their smokiness, while roasting corn on the cob enhances its natural sweetness. Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and mixed greens are also great for creating refreshing salads. We’d recommend trying our Extra Mild Super Tasty Stand 'N' Stuff™ Soft Taco Kit as a base for a vegetable-packed taco salad – it's full of flavour and perfect for summer gatherings.

Summer Vegetable Side Dishes

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There’s a range of flavourful side dishes you can make and prepare with summer vegetables like veggie skewers. Try drizzling yours with olive oil and add a sprinkle of Old El Paso Chili Con Carne Seasoning Mix for added pizzazz. Another option is a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad dressed with a light vinaigrette – great for hot days in the sun.

Green Summer Vegetables

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If you’d like to add a pop of colour and refreshing crunch to your veggie meals, green summer vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, asparagus, and peas are perfect. Sautéing them with garlic and a squeeze of lime juice can elevate their flavours, making them the star of the show. Don't forget to season them with Old El Paso UK's Smoky BBQ Fajita Seasoning Mix for a touch of Mexican flair!

How to Get More Vegetables in Your Diet – Meal Planning

If you’re struggling to add more vegetables to your diet a meal plan is great for helping you to stay organised and on track with plenty of variety throughout the week. Start by selecting your favourite vegetables and choosing meals that use them in the ingredients. For example, you could plan a vegetable stir-fry with Old El Paso’s Stand 'N' Stuff™ Whole Wheat Tortillas for a quick and nutritious lunch. You can also create a tasty snack by pairing carrot sticks with the sour cream and salsa dip from Old El Paso’s Crispy Chicken Soft Taco Kit for a tasty treat.

There you have it – a handy guide on how to eat more vegetables this summer. An array of colourful vegetables in your kitchen is a fantastic way to celebrate the sunshine and seasonal produce! So, grab your favourite Old El Paso UK products and start creating those delicious and nutritious summer dishes that will bring everyone together.