I wandered through the produce department tossing various veggies in my basket, once again struck by the amazing color and vast variety of goodies there was to choose from and perplexed at how so many people could ignore so much of this part of the store.
Ok I will freely admit my veggie consumption has increased …tons….in the last few years. True, I didn’t grow up a picky eater and learned to eat a good variety of foods but as an adult I’ve let myself really experiment more and remember the wise words of my Mom…..
“Oh try some… it won’t kill you!”
And again… Mom knows best 😉
I will admit when I talk with people to see so many still kinda turn their noses up at eating veggies? ….or they consider veggies to be corn, peas, and potatoes? No.
Here’s my take on it….why you want more….
First, they all pack ridiculously low level of calories, while delivering high levels of vitamins, minerals and other body healthy goodness, why wouldn’t you go after foods that were that filling AND low in calories?
More food… more satisfied… build a healthy body… that’s a winning deal, right?
Yet so many people have weird hang ups with them, refuse to eat them, or eat very little of them.
So here’s what I’m gonna tell you.. and I might sound like your mom.. well .. I am a mom..so listen to me…
Eat your veggies, they ARE amazingly good for you and can be a key component in getting lean and staying lean. Not only that, high vegetable intake has been shown to reduce major diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity and others.
Where oh where does one start if they’ve been living an anti-veggie life, or living a low-level veggie life ?
First, start with what you like. Don’t for the love of all things green choke down broccoli if you can’t stand it. There are a zillion types of veggies, you’ll find some you enjoy.
Aim for at least 2-3 cups at a meal, yes, that means some of you will be consuming a lot of produce. Don’t freak on me. When you learn to eat them at all meals you’ll see it’s not to hard.
Cook them in all kinds of ways. Roast, sautéed, grilled and steamed are all ways of enjoying them.
Roasting lately, is my all time favorite way to prepare them. For some reason it brings out the flavors and crisps them some and…yeah.. deliciousness. I have been hooked on roasted cauliflower lately. The cool thing is, my kids wolf it down just as fast =)
When you fill your plate with a variety of veggies, you will need less of higher calorie foods.
Washing, cleaning and having prepared raw veggies in fridge will make it easier to grab them for snacks and salads.
Olive oil with some stone ground pepper, and a little sea salt are the secret ingredients to yummy roasted veggies.
Some helpful tips for building more into your daily nutritional plan:
Learn to eat them at all meals. Sautéing mushrooms, spinach, and peppers together is very good with eggs.
Learn to incorporate all kinds into a lunch salad ( and remember to lose those crazy high fat dressings) I honestly get the biggest bulk of mine at lunch on most days.
Look for recipes that sound good and experiment with something new. I know that sounds like… a no brainer… but I’m surprised at people who settle for over steamed, wilted options … no wonder they don’t wanna eat them 😉
Remember, start small with your goal to gradually increase.
Ok and here’s a fun little cheat sheet for you to get you started cooking…
The green one is a bonus sheet… or selfishly for me… I want to try a couple of these =)
Ok… I’m done preaching. Tell me.. are you a veggie lover? Do you struggle? Do you have fav recipes for some ? Share.