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Friday, January 23, 2015

FOOD FOR THE WEEKEND: Eat Your Vegetables

What if I told you there is something you could take that would make you lose weight?  Will make you a better athlete.  Will give you more energy. Will even make you better looking.  I'm sorry to say these magic substances are not covered by your insurance provider, but you can purchase them in any grocery store.

VEGETABLES!!!

Eat Vegetables.  Eat a lot of vegetables.  Eat a large variety of vegetables.  Eat vegetables at every meal.  Make vegetables the largest portion of your meal.

Here are some excuses I hear why people "can't" eat their vegetables and how to solve some of these problems.

"I don't like vegetables."
If you claim you don't like vegetables, you either haven't tried enough kinds of vegetables or you haven't tried preparing them in different ways.  There are hundreds of varieties of vegetables.  Don't like broccoli?  Try peppers, or onions, or carrots, or asparagus... There are also many varieties of ways to consume vegetables.  You can eat them raw, roast them, saute them, grill them or put them in a smoothie.  That's 5 different ways to consume vegetables.  The picture above has 11 different types of vegetables.  That's 55 different flavor options in that picture alone.  I'm pretty sure you can find a few you like.

"I don't have the time."
Really??  You don't have the time to throw some carrots, broccoli and raspberries into a blender?  A very tasty smoothie by the way.  You don't have time to pick up a carrot and put it in your mouth?  You don't have time to get your lunch at Wegmans salad bar instead of getting fast food?

"I travel a lot"
There are a ton of good options for travelers.  Many grocery stores have very good salad bars (I mentioned Wegmans above).  Many vegetables are easy to pack and will stay good for days.  Sugar snap peas are one of my favorites, and my two year old son loves them!  If you need to eat out while you're on the road, order steak or chicken and vegetables.

"I only grocery shop once a week; vegetables don't last long enough in my refrigerator."
Yes, some fresh vegetables won't last through the week.  A great solution to this problem is frozen vegetables.  Trader Joe's and Wegmans have a great variety of frozen vegetables.  They taste just as good as their fresh counterparts, are just as nutritious and very easy to prepare.  Here's a quick dinner idea; Throw some butter, chicken and a bag of "harvest hodgepodge" (from Trader Joe's) into a skillet.  Season to taste.  Cover skillet and let cook for 10-15 minutes.  BOOM!  Easy family dinner.

If you want to live a long, happy life then you better eat your vegetables.  Stop making excuses and make them a staple at every meal.

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