How to Eat More Vegetables In Your Diet with Cannabis Infused Ingredients
8 tips to keep you healthy & clear of too many pot brownies.
The cannabis infused food market is on course towards booming, and the best-sellers are normally sweets and desserts. Pot brownies, sour gummies, mints, cookies, and the like are popular foods getting purchased at dispensaries, but a great deal of us want to know how we can steer clear of the fattening sweets and eat a healthier, but cannabis-medicated diet incorporating more vegetables that won’t pack on the pounds.
If you’re a cannabis cook, these tips will help you find ways towards eating more vegetables in your diet while using cannabis-infused infused ingredients such as:
REMEMBER: Do not cook anything above 325/350 degrees as higher temperatures disintegrate the THC and CBDs found in cannabis, rendering them useless! This means don’t fry any food using a cannabis-infused ingredient, too. You can also read How to Properly Cook with Infused Ingredients.
Dive Into Recipes
You don’t have to read anything else to start – find any vegetarian or vegan recipe and make it, substituting one component with an infused ingredient. It can be a side-dish or a main entrée, using infused butter instead of normal butter to add flavor. Either way, deciding right here and now to make one recipe today/tonight incorporating more veggies with one infused ingredient is the first step in your path towards a medicated and healthy diet. The trick: don’t quit searching for recipes you like if the first or second don’t suit your taste buds. Many people quit after the first few if they turn out too bland or unsavory. Don’t abandon your mission! There’s literally hundreds of thousands of amazing and worldly veggie-rich recipes to try that can have one ingredient replaced with a cannabis-infused one.
That’s right, look at pictures of veggies to find ones that look delicious. It’s like browsing TJ Maxx or the Home Shopping Network - it’ll make your veggie experience more enjoyable and excite your taste buds using your sight! The food pics on Pinterest often come with a recipe attached to them, and you can again see if you can replace an ingredient with an infused one.
Try a Veggie Bake
The recipe is literally in the title. Cut up some veggies such as onions, red/orange/green peppers, tomatoes, and even throw some beans in – all into a baking dish. Cover them with infused olive oil, add your seasonings like salt and pepper (I love garlic), mix it all up so all the veggies are covered with spices and oil, then bake in the oven until they’re soft (325 degrees for 30-50 minutes depending on how many veggies you’re cooking). Et voila! You’ve got a tasty side perfect for nearly any entrée that’s both healthy and medicated.
Experiment with Foreign Dishes & Medleys
A lot of us get caught up in the same ol’ recipes we’ve been eating since we were children, along with using ingredients our local market carries the most of. Search for veggie recipes outside your comfort zone that incorporate an infused ingredient you’ve got on hand. You’d be surprised at how different food tastes coming from Thailand vs. Singapore – or Chile vs. Brazil. Simple vegetable medleys from these different parts of the world are quite diverse and can introduce you to veggies to you didn’t know existed. Ever hear of arame? Romanesco? Yacon?
Most of us eat veggies every day, we simply don’t eat enough. Take a look at your diet for the day – what are you going to eat? If the recipe calls for any veggie at all (even a sandwich with onion & tomato), then double the amount of veggies you’d normally put in the original recipe.
Eat More Soups & Pizza
That’s right, it’s good to eat pizza! Granted, it needs to be a veggie pizza for you to reap the amazing benefits of a high-veggie-intake diet, but – it’s still pizza! You can pile on as many veggie toppings as you want without feeling guilty – all while combining with either an infused sauce or infused crust. Soups naturally have lots of veggies, making it easy to double-up on them and infuse the broth while you’re at it.
Add Veggies to Breakfast
Try an infused green smoothie. Make a breakfast salad with infused dressing. Scrambled eggs with veggies... Replace your fruit with fresh veggies and infused ranch… This can go on, but eating veggies first thing in the morning is a sure way to help keep you in the right mind for maintaining a healthy diet the rest of the day.
Reverse Meat & Veggie Ratios
If you normally like to eat scrambled eggs with a few veggies combined in them, switch it! Scramble up a ton of veggies and once those are cooked, add an egg or two to bring the meal together. This goes for any meat entrée. Usually eat chicken wraps? Have a veggie wrap with a bit of chicken instead. Eat a sandwich with less meat and more veggies. You can even replace rice with veggies (such as chicken & rice turning into chicken & veggies) .