“Eat your veggies” is a childhood mantra and everyone knows they should be “eating the rainbow” (though they don’t always know how).
We all know that eating plants is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, however many people just don’t like veggies, or don’t know how to prep them a palatable way.
I L.O.V.E. broccoli. I regularly eat a whole head in on sitting. And spinach, and carrots, and radicchio, and arugula (rocket), watercress, Brussels sprouts, and any other plant that makes many people squinch up their faces and say Euw.
The folks that I have been studying nutrition through make some good points about veggies that we all know, but easily brush aside with the threat of the next Brussels sprout:
Yes, vegetables are good.
Vegetables are full of nutrients that your body loves. Vegetables are bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients. These nutrients help keep you healthy and avoid deficiencies (which make you feel really bad).
Vegetables have a lot of volume, but not a lot of calories. So, they fill up your stomach without adding a lot of extra calories. This can help you control energy balance (calories in vs calories out), and help you maintain a healthy body weight, or lose body fat without feeling too hungry.
Vegetables add fiber. Fiber not only helps us feel full, it feeds our intestinal bacteria, helps push things through our digestive tract, and helps to excrete unwanted waste products.
Vegetables add water. Staying hydrated is good. The extra water also helps the fiber do its job.
Vegetables add variety. With so many different kinds of veggies to try, learning to enjoy them can help you stick to healthy eating.
Precision Nutrition have designed a 3-step quick reference guide that I’m certain will get you motivated to try something new, and enable you begin to incorporate more veggies into your meal times:
1. pick a veggie that you’ve always avoided;
2. compliment it with something salty, sour or spicy and finally;
3. cushion it with something sweet or fat!
I’d love to hear about what creative combinations you came up with, whether they worked and the family devoured the whole lot, or if it was a big Fail with a capital ‘F’. Connect with us on Facebook, or share your images with us on Instagram @wholefoodharvest.organicmarket!