7 Sneaky Ways to Eat Your Vegetables, Because Healthy Meals Should Never Feel Boring

It happens to everyone — you set all these goals for yourself to be more aware of what you’re putting into your body, to eat healthier and cut out the junk food. And then, after a week or two of faithfully sticking to your plan, all you can really think about is getting your hands on a big old greasy pizza. Honestly, why deprive yourself? It’s not an effective approach to healthy eating. Instead, I suggest finding ways to work foods that are actually good for you (hi, vegetables) into some of the meals you love.

That’s where I can help. I researched a number of dietary steps to help keep my health goals on track, and most of what I found seemed to revolve around the importance of fiber (veggies) in our diets. So I set myself on a grueling mission to stealthily hide as many vegetables as I could in my food. These are some of my favorite recipe trials.

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Crazy Spinach Pancakes

These are a little something I whipped up. Everybody loves pancakes, and this cool looking version is very luscious — not to mention ridiculously good for you. First, gather your ingredients: one cup of loose leaf spinach, one banana, five dates, and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. You’ll also need one teaspoon of baking powder, a half cup of flour, and one egg. Then, just blend everything in a food processor, and fry in dollops.

Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Getting a healthy dose of vegetables in the morning equals success at 8 a.m. Thanks to Green Kitchen Stories, you can absolutely have cake for breakfast.

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Sweet Corn and Hazelnut Crunch Chocolate Cake

A cake absolutely worthy of such an obnoxiously long title. This indulgent number is stealthily laden with sweet corn, courtesy of our friends at Half Baked Harvest.

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Cauliflower Tortillas

Brought to you by Slim Palate, these delightfully deceiving tortillas are the perfect addition to any fiesta. Do yourself a favor and smother them in guacamole.

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Cheeky Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

OK, these bad boys are essentially chickpeas. Chickpeas are good for you. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free. Fun-free you ask? No way.

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Zucchini Linguini

I am not one to forgo pasta. But apart from being very fun to say out loud, this bowl of green goodness is surprisingly satisfying. Thank you Tucker!

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Beetroot, Sweet Potato, and Feta Muffins

My friend and colleague, The Divine Family Tree, has delivered two veggies for the price of one in these scrumptious, savory muffins! These beauties are not only delicious, but they are an awesome way to use up leftovers in the fridge.

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