June 17th-Happy National Veggie Day!

Most of you that know me, know I LOVE vegetables! I especially love it when my clients start including more into their diet. Here’s why:

  • Vegetables promote weight loss and are naturally low in calories.
  • Vegetables are packed full of vitamins and nutrients which we need to survive and feel energized.
  • Vegetables may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, and may help to prevent certain cancers and other chronic diseases.
  • Vegetables are great for reducing inflammation.
  • Vegetables are convenient, most are ready to eat at any time.
  • Vegetables are full of fiber which helps keep people full and promotes a healthy digestive system.
  • There are so many different varieties, it could be fun trying to decide what vegetable to eat next!

National Veggie Day

Ok, ok, everyone knows they should be eating more vegetables, but knowing that vegetables are good for you doesn’t always mean that you’re going to eat them! Here are my top tips for sneaking more vegetables into your diet:

  • Add them to smoothies.
  • Try them in soup or add more to your soup.
  • Make them fun, turn those veggies into a kabob and grill them.
  • Eat a salad everyday.
  • Add more vegetables to your salad.
  • In fact, turn any meal into a salad by putting it on a bed of greens.
  • Dip them in hummus or nut butters.
  • Chop them up really small and sneak them into dishes you already enjoy.
  • Prepare them in new ways: raw, grilled, sauteed, steamed, baked.
  • Turn your morning eggs into a veggie scramble.
  • Feature a new vegetable in your cooking each week, you may find a new favorite.
  • Turn your vegetables into “chips”.
  • Turn sandwiches into lettuce wraps.
  • Add more vegetables to your sandwiches.
  • Try spaghetti squash instead of traditional noodles.
  • Try cauliflower “rice” instead of traditional rice.
  • Add a variety of vegetables to your pizza.
  • Make vegetable burgers and vegetable meat loafs.
  • Make vegetables accessible in your fridge so you’re more likely to use them.
  • Bake vegetables into bread.
  • Learn about the health benefits of vegetables in hopes that you’ll eat more.
  • Go to farmers markets to get fresh vegetables and talk to the farmers.
  • Have a vegetable potluck with your friends.
  • Have raw vegetables for a mid meal snack.

Do you think you would feel better if you implemented some of these ideas? Do you have any suggestions to add? Happy Veggie Day Y’all! Eat up!!

ACTION STEP: What is one method from above that you could try to get more veggies in your diet this week? Share it on the facebook page!