6 Ways Carnivores Can Add More Plants to Their Plate

As children, many of us heard the classic mandate “Eat your vegetables,” and yet few of us seem to be heeding that advice as adults. Only 9 percent of American adults are getting the recommended daily intake of 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They’re missing out on the vitamins and minerals that a daily diet rich in vegetables can bring, and putting themselves at higher risk for some cancers, as well as chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the CDC points out.

Desiree Nielsen, RD, a chef in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the author of Un-Junk Your Diet: How to Shop, Cook, and Eat to Fight Inflammation and Feel Better Forever, and the upcoming book Eat More Plants, suspects a couple of reasons for the disconnect. Overcooking is one of them. “I think for a lot of people, they grew up eating sort of mushy, flavorless veggies, maybe with a little salt on them. I totally get why vegetables might not seem like the most interesting thing to them.”