By now, you know I’m a huge advocate of eating more veggies. They’re great for so many reasons.
- Non-starchy veggies offer a great source of ‘cheap’ bulk to fill your gut.
- Even though the canned and frozen stuff doesn’t taste quite as good, the trade-off for convenience and price of these processed versions doesn’t compromise what they nutritionally have to offer (just as long as you stick to the plain varieties).
- Veggies are a great source of carbohydrates that make your body work to earn the nutrients they have to offer.
- Well-prepared, veggies should taste great without much of a fuss, with just some simple roasting.
It seems like every day a new study is published declaring the virtues of vegetables. This recent study found a correlation between how much produce people ate and how happy they were. Okay, so the research says fruit, too, but I was much more excited about the veggies part since they’re such a cheap item on the food budget.
And an even more compelling reason to add more produce to your diet is because more and more research confirms that plant-based fats–and now even plant-based proteins –are the best things we can feed our bodies. Imagine my delight in giving people even more reasons to opt for a plant-based regimen!
If you hate veggies, figure out creative ways to work them into your diet. Add them into soups, stews, and casseroles, gradually increasing the amount as you get accustomed to the texture and taste of them. My spouse, Michael, ate like three different vegetables when we got together. I started slipping diced onions, mushrooms, peppers, etc., into his food, then got more daring and started giving him broccoli, peas, and even green beans as side vegetables. Every once in a while he’ll say, “Wow. I can believe how many years I missed out on eating this or that vegetable.”
Another strategy is to figure out which vegetables you like the most and search for recipes for other ways you can prepare them. For example, I make zucchini or ‘noodle’ lasagna, which saves a lot of calories and provides me with a healthier source of carbohydrates than processed lasagna noodles.
So if you haven’t checked out my veggie recipes, get on that right now and roast some Brussels sprouts, make yourself a dinner salad, or grill some cabbage while the weather’s still nice.
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