Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Let's Eat More Veggies!

And I'm going to include fruit too!

Growing up my vegetable intake consisted of canned vegetables. Corn, peas, and green beans. Still to this day I cannot eat canned veggies. And don't get me started on canned peas. Barf! But I guess there could have been worse things - like canned spinach! Vegetables we not a regular part of any meal. We did better on fruit that was in season and I especially loved getting a whole round slice of a watermelon. In the hot desert that tasted SO good!

My vegetable taste buds were never developed. 

Then I became an adult and not until I started having some health problems did I start looking at vegetables and fruit differently. I now love all sorts of foods that I have never liked (or tried) as a kid. And aren't they beautiful?

Did you know that our bodies need oxygen and that we should be eating 70-80% fruits and vegetables. I recently learned this (or was reminded of this ;)

It has been something that I've been working on for the past few weeks.

And it isn't has hard as you would think - as long as you have a plan!

Give it a try this month! Your body will thank you!

Here are some tips before you get started:

1. Buy fruits and vegetables. This might seem like a no-brainer but it won't do you much good to have an empty refrigerator (or freezer). Buy organic as much as possible.

2. Wash and cut up your produce and put in small containers. This is extremely helpful if you are busy! Because sometimes it isn't as easy to make something from scratch. Washing and cutting seem like such a chore when you are busy and hungry. The last thing I want to do when I'm hungry is to make something. And this goes for kids too! If it's ready to go they can just grab something real quick. 

3. Plan your meals around veggies. Breakfast may be the hardest one to do this with. Although, the other morning I had a big salad (that was leftover from the night before). My kids thought it was weird that I was having a salad for breakfast lol. But that is the best way to get your day started! Have a small side of meat, or maybe some rice or bread. But make sure those are a side and not the main meal. Veggies should be the star on your plate! :)

The days I eat at least 75% veggies and fruit are the days I feel the best.  And I remind myself of that when I really feel like having brownies  :) But brownies, or some other kind of chocolate does fit into my diet. Even by just eating MORE vegetables and fruits than you already are you will feel the difference and that will give you the motivation to eat more of them. 

Who's with me?

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