For people that are good at cooking from scratch based on what is in the fridge…

Step 1: get more veggies in the house

  • - Try a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that delivers weekly fresh and in-season fruit and veggies to your house (or you pick up at a local predetermined location). This way, the veggies show up super fresh and you have to find ways to use them! Bonus points for supporting local farms.
  • - Shop your local farmer’s market and buy what looks good to you but also aim to have a good variety of color in your basket to help ensure good nutrition.
  • - Keep bags of frozen veggies in the freezer for the times when you don’t have fresh available.

For people that like to cook based on recipes…

Go to your library or bookstore or browse the internet for vegan and vegetarian recipes as these will feature more vegetables. Once you have enough recipes for the week, go shopping for the ingredients!

Step 2: prep as much as you can as soon as you get the produce home. This means wash, cut up, roast, etc. and store them in containers in the fridge so they will be ready and convenient to use.

Now that you have more veggies, here is how to get more of them into each meal.

Add veggies to your favorite meals. For example, a pizza can be topped with all kinds of veggies like onions, artichoke, peppers, spinach or kale. Eggs also pair well with veggies. How about an omelet with tomatoes, zucchini, spinach and feta cheese?

If you own a juicer or blender, the options are limitless. Combine leafy greens with fruit and water or nut milk and you have a healthy smoothie for breakfast. See 5 healthy green smoothie recipes here. Juice celery, chard, apple, ginger and lemon to get a great tasting glassful of concentrated vitamins and minerals.

Instead of using chips for your dips, try cut up crunchy veggies like bell pepper, carrot and cucumber.

Using more vegetables in our daily meals is healthy in so many ways. It gives us a well-rounded nutritional base, provides fiber to keep our digestion moving and helps keep us feeling full. If you are a senior that needs some help getting more veggies into your diet, Senior Helpers caregivers are happy to help with shopping, prepping and cooking meals. We even have some caregivers that specialize in cooking!

If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit for more information.



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