Ahhh vegetables—the toughest part of the food pyramid to get enough of, right?! Don’t get me wrong, I actually love veggies, but between all the other options in the world, it can be tough to get the recommended 5-9 servings a day. The thing is, when I do fill my plate with vegetables, I notice a difference in my skin, energy levels, and overall bodily functions. I feel SO much better!
Because of that, I decided to shift my thoughts surrounding how I eat them. Instead of only cooking vegetables with dinner and trying to find some at lunch, I started testing ways to add at least one serving into each meal (snacks included!). That way, I’m definitely hitting a healthy daily amount and it leads to feeling my best. Which brings me to this week’s wellness challenge…
Challenge: Add at least one serving of vegetables to each meal
Don’t give up on me before trying it—it’s not as hard or boring as it sounds, I promise! Here are (painless!) ways I’ve started adding more veggies in:
-Adding 2 handfuls of leafy greens to my smoothie.
-Throwing in spinach and mushrooms to an omelet.
-Topping GF toast with tomato, onion, and sprouts.
-Asking for a side salad with every meal that isn’t a salad (like at a sushi spot).
-Packing a side of hummus + cucumber, celery, and carrots.
–Substituting vegetables for grains.
-Baking a sweet potato as a snack.
-Blending kale into my acai bowls.
Once you start paying attention to having veggies with each meal, you’ll start a great habit. You’ll honestly probably even crave them—I do now. Notice how much better you feel after making such a small change. Prep ahead and buy enough vegetables to get you through the whole week, and start adding more veggie-friendly options to your takeout routine.
Let me know how you do with this and if you have other favorite ways to incorporate veggies!