Everybody and their brother
knows you’re supposed to eat lots of vegetables.
But why, exactly, is it such a power move?
I’ll give you 3 great reasons:
- They are nutrient powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants – all crucial to health and vibrancy.
- Eating lots of them (at least 5 full servings daily) dramatically reduces your risk of chronic disease. (People who consume a lot of veggies every day have a reduced risk of things like heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, etc.)
- Filling up on veggies helps your weight stabilize. The fiber makes you to chew more and thus slows down your eating. It also helps to fill you up – and we know how important that feeling is!! Also the tiny micronutrients and big “life energy” help fill your body’s nutrition and power quota and, over time, can start to calm the fire of your cravings.
Here’s the bottom line for your weight: vegetables are so low in calories and high in fiber that even if you eat a big ole pile of them, you’re probably taking in fewer total calories per meal.
One strategies I often offer my clients is to “vegucate” your favorite comfort foods:
Replace the dense, high-calorie, high-glycemic-load carbs in your favorite meals with cleverly worked vegetables (that still taste really good!)
You can swap regular rice for “riced” cauliflower in your stir fry. Serve sandwiches as “stuffies” inside hollowed out bell peppers or tomatoes instead of a bagel or a roll at lunchtime. Or swap pasta for “zoodles” – the infamous zucchini noodles.
This single strategy delivers a one-two punch of filling you up without weighing you down, and dosing you up with high quality nutrition that serves your health and energy in countless ways.
Check out my Vegucated Lasagna recipe below. It’s quick and easy to prepare, inexpensive, versatile (can swing vegetarian or even vegan) and it’s a crowd pleaser – delicious and satisfying – but will help lift your energy instead of weighing it down.