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Week 2 – 6 Week Challenge to Healthier Eating: Eat more veggies

Posted Apr 29 2013 4:01am

6 week challenge to healthy eating

Week 2: Vegetables

This week’s challenge is all about eating more veggies.

Are you eating enough vegetables?

Every meal should consist of a portion of veggies alongside any protein.  You should be eating more that 5 portions of veggies a day! So this week’s challenge is all about adding more veggies to your diet. For breakfast you can add veggies by eating muffins and at lunch you can add veggies by eating a side salad alongside anything else you are eating. For Dinner top up your plate with fresh veggies to fill you up.

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Why eat more veggies?

  • Veggies are full of nutrients.
  • They give you energy,
  • They help your skin look great
  • They are truly part of a healthy diet. Most of us are stuck in the trap of eating commercially processed foods that do not contain the natural goodness found in vegetables.
  • Vegetables are good for you and can help you lose weight.
  • They are not expensive and they can be cooked in different ways to suit your taste.
  • If you find yourself feeling hungry after a meal, eating more vegetables is much better than going for that extra slice of bread.

Different ways to cook veggies

  • Steam – watch your veggies go vibrant colours when you steam them. Nothing beats steamed spinach for me with a pinch of salt and a little lemon juice!
  • Grill – I love grilling eggplant and zucchini. It gives them extra depth
  • Boil – Not my favourite but it works for some people.
  • Bake – Baking veggies in the oven is a great way to get something done quickly. Baked sweet potatoes and pumpkin are my favourite
  • Stir fry – I stir fry veggies nearly once a day! Add veggies to a wok with a little olive oil or coconut oil. Nothing like vibrant crunchy veggies!

Note: Do not over cook veggies. Lots of people grow up with a love hate relationship for veggies. I think liking veggies all comes down to the taste and if they are over cooked they do not taste nice. If your veggies look soggy and have lost their bright colour then you are probably over cooking them!

Don’t forget – Keep on going with Week 1 Challenge: Eating a proper breakfast!


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