After six or so weeks transitioning to a more plant based diet I have learned a few things that I think are essential to adding more vegetables to your stomach. And ultimately getting healthier.
Here are five things to help you eat more vegetables healthily.
1. Get you some of these( affiliate link) babies! Silicone baking mats are a life saver to anyone wishing to eat more vegetables with less added fats. To roast I usually cut up veggies place in a bowl and add a 1/4 cup vegetable broth. Then I’ll coat all pieces and use a slotted spoon to put pieces on a silicone lined baking sheet. I’ll further season with my spices. I’m very much loving oregano potatoes lately. Then bake in a 350 degree oven until fork tender. Sure easy and healthy! I’ve eliminated around 400 calories of pure fat from my daily diet by not using oils! Which is probably part of the reason I lost so much weight during the initial transition. And actually taste the vegetables now.
2. Meal prep. If you are like me you have a seperated dish to bring veggies or fruit somewhere that you never use out side of church potlucks. Why not use it everyday? I’ll cut up carrot sticks, celery, bell peppers and brocolli, whatever I buy really, and have them ready in the fridge at all times. It really cuts down on the temptations during lazy moments to grab something unhealthy.
3. Buy a big variety. I used to buy the same vegetables every week. It wasn’t exciting it was obligatory. Now I’ll buy different things every week and throw in some fresh herbs for added excitement. Get creative with your shopping list to infuse excitement into the experience.
4. Join a veggie support group. Ok not really but actively seek out other people looking to eat healthy as well. I’m in a few Facebook groups where I have bonded with people over recipes and success stories that I think have been vital to my journey as influence of your peers is more important than you think.
5. Ditch frozen and try to find a farmers market. Ok frozen veggies very much have their purpose but if you are pulling a bag out of the freezer at every meal trust me you are not going to like eating your vegetables. Nothing beats the taste of fresh vegetables and no one can provide fresh, peak-picked veggies better than the farmer themself. So enjoy a nice Saturday morning warm beverage in hand pursuing the local in season wares.
Here is to good health and fresh veggies.
And as always friends be blessed and be a blessing!
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