When it comes to new and exciting ways to eat your veggies, today’s grocery stores have lots of options for you. From veggie tots and nuggets to cauliflower rice and pizza crust, all of these swaps seem like they could be a good way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But are they actually good for you?
Not always! In fact, there are a lot of things that are healthier than cauliflower pizza, like meals full of whole foods.
What Are Whole Foods?
Whole foods are foods that have been processed or refined as little as possible and are free from additives or other artificial substances. In contrast, these new vegetable replacements, like veggie nuggets or tots, are often processed with tons of hidden additives and unhealthy ingredients. For example, while a cauliflower pizza crust might be lower in carbs than a traditional pizza crust, it’s most likely loaded with extra fat and calories, even before you add on any of your toppings!
If you’re worried your healthy eating train has been thrown off the tracks, don’t worry. We’ve got some great recipes that are healthier than cauliflower pizza, and just as tasty!
1. Fiesta Quinoa Tacos
Who doesn’t love a good taco?! We certainly do! Fiesta Quinoa Tacos are perfect for a quick and simple weeknight meal with some added health benefits. Plus, tacos are easily customizable for any taste, making them perfect for anyone from picky eaters to all food lovers.
2. Loaded Veggie Burger Bowl
What’s better than a veggie burger? A loaded veggie burger! This Loaded Veggie Burger Bowl is packed with flavor, protein, and, best of all, benefits. With three different vegetable medleys and any veggie burger of your choice, you can mix up your usual lunch or dinner without piling on the unhealthy food.
3. Broccoli Remix Mediterranean Bowl
You know how much we love the Mediterranean Diet, and this bowl is a perfect example! The Broccoli Remix Mediterranean Bowl is full of whole foods and exciting flavor. Hummus, Broccoli Remix, and peppers make for a nutrient-loaded plate that you can serve at lunch, dinner, or snack time in between.
4. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
If you want a stuffed potato without all the unhealthy toppings, try an Asparagus & Kale Stuffed Sweet Potato! These simple baked sweet potatoes are taken up a notch with the spice from Asparagus & Kale and all the nutrients of some of our favorite veggies.
5. Sesame Brussels Sprouts
Skip the usual Chinese takeout and load up your plate with these Sesame Brussels Sprouts instead! This twist on stir fry is perfect for a healthy dinner option that won’t drag you down with heavy sauces or compromise the taste that you love.
No Hidden Veggies
So what does this mean for healthy eating options? Well, not all of these trendy veggie swaps are high in fats and other unhealthy ingredients. That’s why the key takeaway here is to read the label! You don’t want to be surprised by hidden ingredients in your food.
When it comes to Tommy’s products, we don’t believe in hiding veggies. That’s why each of our bags is filled with lightly seasoned vegetables that were flash-frozen at their peak, and nothing more. They’re the perfect addition to your whole food-filled plate.
What do you think about hidden veggies? Leave us a comment and let us know!