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Eating Your Veggies is Not Torture

By Donna Stark

As children, we may have played up the drama a bit when our parents told us to eat our vegetables, and I’m sure that many of us “suddenly” (and repeatedly) became allergic to that pile of carrots sitting on our plate. It’s funny how the simplest request felt like pure torture, but hopefully now, as an adult, you recognize the benefits of consuming those nutrient-packed powerhouses. Unhealthy diets, like those that are low in fruits and veggies, contribute to low consumption of many essential vitamins and nutrients. So if you still become “allergic” to carrots (or spinach or Brussels sprouts) every now and then, or are still struggling to get the daily recommended amount of veggies in your diet, keep reading. It’s not impossible to add more veggies to your meals and you certainly don’t need to dredge up memories of your parent’s old torture tactics.

More Veggies is a Good Thing

Here are some simple suggestions on how you can add more veggies to your diet without much effort.

  • Choose frozen - If you are not buying fresh vegetables out of fear that they will go bad before you have a chance to eat them, then head on over to the frozen aisles. Frozen vegetables can be an equally healthy alternative to fresh ones since they are picked at their peak of ripeness and flash frozen to retain their nutritional value.
  • Choose pre-chopped veggies - If you hate the hassle of chopping veggies for your meals or if you purposely leave out ingredients because you don’t have the time to prep, then buying pre-chopped veggies at your grocery store may be the answer you are looking for. It doesn’t get much easier than this and you may even find that you are adding more veggies to your meals than before!
  • Get inspired at your local farmers market - A farmer’s market in the springtime is definitely one of life’s many joys and it’s nearly impossible to not be inspired and fill up on fresh local produce. It’s a great way to incorporate seasonal produce into your diet and to enjoy a Saturday morning out with friends or family.
  • Make soup - Soups are one of the easiest ways to add more veggies and fiber-rich beans to your diet. Select recipes that are broth-based over the cream-based soups and make a pot big enough so that you have enough for leftovers or to freeze for another week.
  • Add veggies to your smoothies - Love smoothies in the morning or for a snack? Skip the smoothie shops and make your own! It’s a great way to add in some extra veggies like carrots, kale, and avocados.

Adding veggies to your diet is easier than you think. With a little creativity and a willingness to try new things, you will be able to get your recommended amounts in before you know it.

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