I started making veggie bags at some point during my sophomore year of college after delving deeper into many nutrition and exercise classes and realizing how important vegetables really are! I needed a way to get more vegetables in, and figured this would be a great way to do it + have a snack handy for between classes and studying. This continued throughout the rest of college, into my work life and marriage, and is now a major staple for my husband as well.
Here’s the process:
- Buy a variety of vegetables I can eat on-the-go
- Fill a Ziploc bag with three-ish different kinds of vegetables (sometimes I do this for several days at the beginning of the week, sometimes I do it for two days at a time, other times I just do it the night before. Really depends on what I’m feeling and how much time I know I’ll have the next day)
- Put the bag or bags in the fridge
- Grab one the next morning and stick it in my backpack/purse
- Snack on it while driving in the car, when I’m bored and feel like eating something, on a break at work, while working on a project, etc.
Even if it’s a day where I’m mostly home, sometimes I’ll still make a veggie bag and snack on it throughout the day. I’m telling you, this is such a simple way to get your veggies in. May seem tedious at first, but do it long enough and it will become a game changer, I promise!
Sometimes we hate eating veggies because who has time to do all that crunching during a meal? And what if I’m already full and can’t even eat all those veggies right now? This is a great solution! The beautiful thing about a veggie bag, is you don’t have to eat it all at once. I tend to grab a couple veggies in between the gymnastics classes I coach and eat anything that’s leftover on the drive home. My husband takes his veggie bag in his lunch box and eats his veggies as they drive between job sites. Instead of getting a soda or cinnamon bun from the gas station, he’s chowing away on veggies. And he loves it! His body feels great + he saves money by avoiding gas-station snacks every day.
Here are some of the veggies we have included our veggie bags:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cucumber (sliced)
- Celery sticks
- Mini bell peppers
- Large bell peppers (sliced)
- Snap peas
- Snow peas
I’m sure I’m forgetting some, the list could go on and on. The key is to find what veggies you don’t mind eating raw (I personally hate eating broccoli raw, so that never goes in mine, but some people don’t mind it), and try to get as many colors in your bag as possible. On the days I use carrots, I add red bell peppers. If I have cherry tomatoes, I use orange or yellow bell peppers.
Sometimes my husband will bring a little Tupperware with some ranch in it on the days he has celery and cauliflower in his bag. As I’m sure you noticed, sometimes we even throw a fruit in there as well. Whatever it takes, but get creative! Your body will thank you!