10 Ways to Add Vegtables to your Diet
March is not only for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, it is also National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing physical activity habits. Although it might be sometimes hard to completely change our food habits, it is important to take the steps towards healthy eating. Are you someone who needs more vegetables in your diet? It’s important to add veggies to your daily diet because they provide important vitamins and minerals for your body. Here are ten simple steps to help you fit more vegetables in your meals; it’s easier than you might think!
1) Microwave your veggies! Cook fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave for a quick and easy dish to add to your meal. Steam green beans, carrots or broccoli in a bowl with some water in the microwave.
2) Plan ahead. Prepackage bell peppers, carrots or broccoli. You can enjoy them on a salad, with hummus or in a veggie wrap. When your time is limited just grab your prepackaged vegetables and go.
3) The brighter the better. Red, orange and dark green vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals. Cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes and collard greens are not only delicious they are also great for you.
5) Have canned veggies always handy. Keep canned tomatoes, beans, mushrooms or beets stocked up in your cabinets. Make sure to buy only the ones that are labeled “reduced sodium” or “low sodium”.
6) Brighten up your salad. Add veggies to your salad such as bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers etc. Your salad will not only look better it will also taste better.
7) Sip on some vegetable soup. Try tomato, butternut squash or garden vegetable soup. Look for the reduced sodium ones. It is easy to bring to work for lunch, all you have to do is heat it up!
8) Think smart while dining out. Order vegetables as a side when going out to restaurants rather than French fries.
9) Savor seasonal vegetables. Buy vegetables that are in season for maximum flavor at a low cost. Local supermarkets will have specials available or visit your local farmers market.
10) Try something new. Choose a new vegetable to try, you never know what you might like!
I hope these tips help you in your journey to a healthier diet! Also, life insurance premiums are less expensive for those in good health!
For more information about National Nutrition Month head to: http://www.eatright.org/NNM/#.Uyh1AIUVCSo