GET YOUR VEGGIES
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of The Pulse
By Kristin Burgess, RD
Vegetables are an important part of your diet, providing fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that protect cells from improper replication. The media leads us to believe that it is hard to eat the large amount of recommended servings but here are a few tips:
- Eat vegetables with at least two meals a day. Don’t worry about portion size- just eat them! Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables.
- Eat three vegetables a day in addition to your two meals.
- Eat a large salad with lots of healthy greens every day. You can always pick one up at Ink! Coffee here at the club.
- Many vegetables need to be cut, sliced, dipped or cooked but think about the convenient vegetables that don’t! Carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers do not need any preparation as they are easy and convenient to eat raw. Try something new – eat a bell pepper just like you would an apple! Throw them into your bag and eat one anywhere, anytime
- Always have a vegetable on hand. Bring one with you so it is always available.
If you are low on vegetables in your diet, put them at the top of your grocery list. Do a little washing, slicing and dicing in the morning when packing lunch. Plan ahead, eat your veggies and be healthy!