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Changing Your Veggie Cooking for a Healthier You

By Stephen R. Farris

Fresh vegetables are a great way to get the fiber, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to help stay healthy. While some may not suit your taste, there are a few ideas to help make them tastier so you can keep eating them in your diet. You may even try some of these tasty ideas with your favorite vegetables as well.

Make Some Soup

Vegetable based soups are a great choice for healthy eating. The good thing about soups is that you can incorporate a variety of fresh vegetables into the pot. Or, you can simply cook one and add a few herbs and spices for a delicious, nutrient-rich meal. Try out some of these ideas for your next healthy soup adventure.

  • Cabbage - The possibilities are endless when it comes to cabbage. You can make a cabbage soup or stew, along with some celery, carrots, and tomatoes. You might even add in a protein if you like, for instance lean turkey or chicken. 

  • Kale or spinach - You can't go wrong with either. Both are packed with nutrients and are a good source of dietary fiber. 

  • The whole shebang (or kitchen sink) - This soup involves many varieties of vegetables; a true vegetable soup or stew, so to speak. Choose from your favorite vegetables, and maybe add some you haven't tried before. Herbs and spices will add flavor to the pot as well.

Zucchini as a Carb Sub

If you're like me, you love good pasta. Especially if that pasta happens to be lasagna. However, lasagna is heavy in carbs, but you can always substitute the pasta strips with zucchini strips. Zucchini contains B vitamins, as well as Vitamin C. 

Picky Eaters

Picky eaters are usually found with families that have children. Children are notorious for being picky eaters. Some adults are that way too. So why not add some diced veggies to your next batch of sauce or even in your salad dressing. They probably won't even know the difference, and it's a great way to get the pickiest of eaters to consume their veggies.

The bottom line is that there are more ways to prepare and cook fresh vegetables than the old standard many of us older folks are accustomed to. Healthy cooking has come a long way and seems to be getting better with each generation.   

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in O'Fallon, Mo.

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