NEW Delicious & Easy Ways to Enjoy Vegetables
There is a reason our mothers have been echoing their mothers’ for generations with the refrain “Eat your vegetables”, or maybe a more stern “You’re not leaving the table until you eat your vegetables!!!” Well instead of debunking this challenging advice, science continues to reinforce the need for a plant based diet all around. Mainstream food manufacturers are happy to tell us French fries with our hamburger are a serving, or the tomato sauce on your pizza is a serving. Sorry to disappoint you, but neither of these qualify. We’re talking broccoli, asparagus, leafy greens of all sorts and every fresh or frozen vegetable you can think of.
From a health standpoint, vegetables are an unbeatable food: naturally nutrient-rich; better tasting than a vitamin pill; low in calories; high in fibre and packed with disease-fighting phytonutrients. All types of vegetables can be nourishing and delicious – fresh, frozen, canned and juiced.
To maximize your health with vegetables, nutrition experts suggest at least 5-10 servings per day – but why stop there? With so many ways to enjoy spring-time goodness, you could easily eat vegetables at breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. In fact that’s the only way you’re going to get all those servings (I prefer 8-10) eaten in a day, every day. Eat them first in your meal, before you fill up on starches and proteins.
Here are a dozen daily ways to treat yourself to good health!
Many people don't eat vegetables until dinner. Make a commitment to your health - Check off the new ways you want to try to enjoy more veggies during the day:
I can add vegetables at breakfast by:
□ Adding vegetables like spinach, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, onion, green or red peppers to an omelet
I can add vegetables at lunch and snack by:
□ adding leafy greens, cucumber, or peppers to sandwiches
□ adding different vegetables to a green salad, like broccoli, green beans, asparagus or peas, grated carrot, green onion, celery
□ adding a bag of sugar snap peas, carrots, peppers, celery and/or zucchini sticks to my snack
□ adding extra vegetables to soup. You can pile a whole lot of greens in there and they cook down nicely.
□ choosing kale chips or nori instead of potato chips
Be adventurous, try something new and always think of eating a rainbow every day.
To your best health!
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