We all know that eating our vegetables is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that approximately 1.7 million deaths worldwide are attributable to low fruit and vegetable consumption? Vegetables are at the cornerstone of human nutrition, vital for a healthy and balanced diet. However, most of us aren't getting the recommended 5-7 servings/day. A serving of vitamin-rich, nutrient-dense produce doesn't have to be a chore. When treated correctly, vegetables can be the main event of your meal. Here's how you can get more vegetables (and more nutrients) on your plate.

15 Ways to Get More Vegetables Into Your Diet

1.     Say Yes to Salads  ~Eat a side salad with every meal~

2.     Smoothie Break  ~Add a handful of greens to your daily smoothie~

3.    Puree Vegetable soup ~Carrots and cauliflower work great!~

4.    Juiced-up  ~Drink your favorite veggies~

5.     Salute the Snack ~Kale Chips, Veggie Sticks, Jicima the list goes on and on~

6.     Top Proteins with Sauteed Veggies ~Adds extra flavor instead of processed sauces~

7.    Replace Carbs with Veggies ~Zucchini Pasta, Cauliflower Mash, Veggie Pizza Crust~

8.    Use Leaves as Bread ~Collard Greens and Swiss Chard work great~

9.     Feature a Fresh New Vegetable Each Week ~Choose Seasonal Vegetables~

10.  Sneak them into your favorite dishes ~You’ll be more likely to enjoy them~

11.  Use them as a bowl ~Stuff red peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, or jalapenos~

12.  Bake them ~Muffins or quiches~

13.  Roll them ~Create your own sushi rolls~

14.  Mince it ~Use them to top everything and anything~

15.  Spice it up ~Fresh herbs are greens! Use them to flavor your food~