Here at Hy-Vee, we understand that life gets hectic and creating a time-intensive homemade meal doesn’t always fit into your busy schedule. That’s why we offer healthy options that are simple, easy and can be incorporated into a meal in just minutes. Our July Dietitian’s Pick of the Month, Short Cut vegetables, are perfect for doing just that.
You may be wondering what are Short Cut vegetables and why are they so wonderful? Hy-Vee’s Short Cut veggies are pre-cut, pre-packaged and come in a variety of vegetable assortments such as asparagus paired with summer squash, bell peppers and red onions, and summer squash mixed with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, red onions, bell peppers and potatoes. Here are the top five reasons why you should eat more Short Cut vegetables:
1. Ready to grill or bake. Simply add a dressing such as Italian dressing, olive oil or balsamic vinegar or your favorite marinade, sprinkle with seasoning and place on skewers or wrap in aluminum foil to be placed in the oven or on the grill. Now, how easy was that?
2. Less time-consuming. Say goodbye to wasting time washing, peeling and cutting vegetables and say hello to more time enjoying the company of both friends and family.
3. Convenient way to eat more vegetables. Did you know that the average person consumes about 1.5 cups of vegetables per day? This is only half the amount of vegetables you should eat, as MyPlate recommends consuming 3 cups of vegetables daily. Since Short Cut veggies are so easy to incorporate into a meal, they are a great way to pack in vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients that fuel our bodies.
4. Used in a variety of main dishes. Not too keen on eating vegetables alone? Try adding them as a complement to pasta salad, quesadillas/tacos, casseroles, sandwiches/wraps or rice dishes.