In all the years that I’ve been working from home in the wellness industry, eating veggies is always at the top of the list as a must for living a healthy lifestyle. But lately I’ve been super struggling to eat more veggies! My goal is to eat at least 4 1 cup servings of vegetables each day. Some days I’m only getting one or two in. So I thought I’d shares some food for thought when it comes to veggies to help me, and you, eat more veggies.
Most doctors and health professionals will agree: there are no foods that are healthier than vegetables. Trouble is, most people find that eating vegetables on a daily basis is challenging. Think back to when you were a child, slapping the broccoli out of your parent’s hands. You weren’t into veggies in the first place. Getting into it now, when no one is forcing you to eat it, can be even harder.
Truth is, vegetables are essential to your health. Let’s break down some of the best ways to motivate yourself to eat more veggies.
Understand They’re Essential
First and foremost, we’ve got to understand that vegetables are a must when it comes to fueling your body properly. Unless you’re willing to supplement with a multivitamin each day (which honestly isn’t the best way to go), veggies are essential to your diet. Not only do they provide the bulk of your fiber, but they also contain critical nutrients like vitamins and minerals to balance hormones, enable growth, and strengthen hair, skin, nails, and much more. Skipping your veggies means skipping a great source of low-calorie fuel to help your body maintain growth and performance.
Juice Your Veggies
Juicing machines has been something people have done for years. Many people don’t like to spend the time to cook and eat their veggies. Why not juice them in a snap, drink a glass, and get 3-5 servings in a couple gulps?
Juicing your veggies with fruit will help to make the drink taste sweeter and still enable you to get much of the essential nutrients needed for healthy cell maintenance and growth.
Keep in mind that juicing your vegetables limits the amount of fiber that you get from them. You’ll need to get your fiber from grain-rich foods when you use the juicer.
They Reduce Onset of Disease
Many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes have a treatment option of increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables. They’re no substitute for medical advice but eating your veggies could be one of the best preventable measures you can take to ensure you are always getting the best spectrum of nutrients for optimal health.
Don’t like broccoli? No worries, there’s an endless variety of vegetables. From Asia to North America, vegetables are plentiful at any local supermarket. You can enjoy a different set of vegetables each day, so you’ll never get bored with the same ones. Another thing to try is the way you prepare them. I’ve found the air fryer to be a great option to cook veggies because it gives them a roasted taste without all the time it takes to roast them in the oven. My friend even told me that she’s cooks frozen veggies in the air fryer. I still need to try that!
This is the air fryer we have and it works great. Find it HERE.
On a tight budget? No problem. Vegetables are likely the cheapest addition to your grocery list especially with meat prices the way they are right now.. It’s no wonder many people go vegetarian for this reason. Research shows that you can save around $1000 a year on groceries by swapping meat products for more veggies.
I’m not saying take meat out of your diet – this is your choice. But if you’re on a budget, vegetables are a very inexpensive and an economically sustainable way to get your calories and nutrients. Visiting local farmers markets or seeking out a food co-op in your area is another way to find quality veggies at a lower cost. Some I’ve tried in the past include https://www.bountifulbaskets.org and https://www.misfitsmarket.com
At the end of the day, eating veggies comes down to a personal choice and your own motivation. If you consider all the health and cost benefits, surely, you’ll choose to take some time to get your recommended daily dose of greens in!
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