Week 7: Eat more Vegetables

WEEK SEVEN CHALLENGE

5 servings of veggies daily

Ugh, collective groan, right?  Nobody likes being told to eat their veggies, right?!  But, here are the facts:

* They clean you out, fill you up, pack your body full of nutrients and all for a teensy amount of calories.
* The more veggies you eat, the less crap you’ll have room for!

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I did a really fun boot camp a couple years ago and one of our challenges was to eat 4-6 CUPS of vegetables a day.  That was really tough for me!  I was so busy trying to figure out how to get that much roughage in my diet that I had no room or time to shove cookies in my mouth.  I automatically ate vegetables at every meal and snack.

The point is to get your vegetables to become the main staple of your meal or snack and not just a paltry side dish.  Swap spaghetti squash for noodles; greens for bread; and mushrooms, peppers and zucchini for meat.  It definitely takes some getting used to but is the best thing you can do to jumpstart healthy eating!  One of my favorite tips is to limit wheat to only one serving a day (for example, pancakes or toast for breakfast).  Then, any other time I’d default to eating wheat, I sub vegetables instead (like sandwich fillings in a lettuce wrap instead of bread or squash instead of pasta).  It’s been really helpful for me!

I’d LOVE to hear all your tricky ways of getting more veggies into your mouth.  Recipes, tips and tricks…let’s have ‘em!

Head on over to week 8 when you’re ready!

Comments

  1. This one is a struggle for me. One thing that I found that has helped is the inspiralizer I got for my birthday last year. We’ve been eating more vegetable noodles in place of real noodles and they’re pretty tasty. My favorite is sweet potato noodle carbonera.

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