No matter what the feuding dietitians say about saturated fat, red meat, carbs, or protein – vegetables will always be the golden child of any diet.
Vegetables are low in calories, sugar, carbs, and fat. In fact, it’s low in just about everything but fiber and nutrients, and that’s what your diet needs the most.
It’s safe to say that if you had enough vegetables every day, there would be no need to even consider popping a vitamin pill, or any other pill for that matter.
However, vegetables are not as convenient than other less healthy items to buy, store and prepare so they actually taste good.
Throw me a steak and I can make it work with just about any heat source. Throw me a head of bok choy and I’m going to spend 10 minutes Googling how to cook it, 10 minutes Googling how to make it taste good, and another 5 minutes Googling what the heck bok choy is.
Here are some short cuts to make sure you eat enough vegetables every day.
1) Easy Raw Choices
There will be times when you’re on the go and unable to cook. If you are trying to get vegetables in your diet every day, you can’t always bank on having leftover cooked veggies to take with you.
Because of this, you need to have a few raw goodies handy.
For me, the best items for this are red bell peppers and a bag of mixed greens from Trader Joe’s.
A red bell pepper tastes great on its own. It’s not bland or spicy, and actually can taste pretty sweet. You can cut it in slices or even eat it as if it’s an apple.
If you have a bag of mixed greens or baby spinach, you can easily dump some into a plastic container and add a little closed cup of salad dressing and you’re good to go.
Other options could be carrots, cherry tomatoes, or celery. Just make sure that anything raw you choose does not taste bland or boring. You have to enjoy it if it’s to become a habit in your day…
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