Eat Your Veggies

Why do people always say, “eat your veggies?”  Do vegetables really make that big of a difference? For a lot of people, eating vegetables are not a priority mostly because they aren’t convenient, can be expensive, and not always the tastiest option. However, with a little preparation and planning, vegetables can be both convenient and tasty.

 

Let’s talk about why veggies are so essential to our diets. Vegetables have a ton of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. These nutrients help with skin, eyes, teeth, immune function, and healing processes just to name a few. Beyond these, vegetables contain antioxidants that help to combat free-radical damage.  Free-radical damage can cause heart disease, cancer, and other such diseases. Consuming cruciferous vegetables (kale, spinach, greens, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower) are very beneficial. They are high in vitamins A, C, E, and K. By eating antioxidant rich foods, you can improve your health.

 

Vegetables are also very low in caloric value, making them very helpful in fat loss.  They also contain high amounts of fiber which help with digestion and feeling satiated.  Vegetables are an excellent source of carbohydrates.  An easy goal is to get 5 handfuls of vegetables a day.  This simple step can improve your healthy drastically and help trim your waistline at the same time.

 

Try to plan your meals for the week in advance so you can do the shopping and not be caught off guard. Most people don’t eat well because they don’t plan in advance.  Not planning results in last minute food choices (i.e. drive-thru) and a lack of consistent healthy habits.  When time is an issue, grab a salad with a oil based dressing. There are also plenty of crock pot recipes you can leave on while you gone during the day. Get creative. Eating well can taste good!

 

Lisa Eichelberger

NASM Personal Trainer

 


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