Monday, April 14, 2014

How to Eat Lots More Veggies

I was reading at article this weekend about boosting the recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies from 5 up to 7. If you are having a hard time getting your 5 servings, 7 is going to seem like a Mount Everest climb of vegetable eating. Something that is almost too daunting to even think about.

That has gotten me thinking about ways we can get more vegetables into our day, Perhaps here are a few ways that you might not have thought about yet.

Eat your Veggies for Breakfast- put some spinach into your omelet or toss in some peppers for a southwestern style breakfast burrito. The first meal of the daily can be the first place you are eating veggies.

Don't let Mid-Morning sneak by- You know that 10am slump we all feel? This is the perfect time to pick ourselves up with some veggies. A crispy snack of snap peas or carrots sticks can be just that cool zip to power you through to lunch time.

Stack up your Sandwich- Loading your sandwich with veggies can not only help stave off lunch time boredom, but really pack a punch of nutrition and energy into your mid-day meal. You can load up a sandwich with not just lettuce and tomatoes, but sliced avocado, sliced cucumbers, strips of asparagus, or slices of bell peppers. The only limit here is your imagination.

Snack Time is the Perfect Time -  Don't let any snack time pass without taking this opportunity to eat some veggies.  You can dip them into hummus, peanut butter, or mashed avocados. Try one of the fashionable new greek yogurt dips for some added protein ( you can even chop some veggies up and hide them in your dip!)

Half your plate - Don't forget dinner time. My Plate recommends that you fill half your plate with veggies. If you find this hard, always make a green salad and then a vegetable side dish. Or let two of your kids each pick out a vegetable for dinner.

With a little planning and forethought, we can not only be reaching the recommended 5 servings a day but the super extra healthy 7 servings!  Can you imagine all the extra health benefits we would be getting with those two extra servings a day. So let's get out there and go get 'em!  Yay Veggies!!