Today is the last day of "love your veggies" month over at Peas & Crayons.
As you know I am a HUGE advocate of eating more fruits and veggies. Do you even realize how good they are for you?
It's a fact. People who eat a diet higher in vegetables have REDUCED RISK OF CHRONIC DISEASE including stroke, heart disease, and some cancers. Do I need to say more?
Fine I will - a diet high in vegetables can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight.
Some of you might be gasp veggie haters! I get that...but here's the tough love...you gotta eat the green stuff! There is no substitute for the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals in nature's nutritional powerhouses.
Last week I talked about trying veggies raw. Here are a few more tips for those of you with a "fear of the green":
1. Add vegetables to a recipe you already love. Think adding zucchini in spaghetti sauce or grated carrots in meatloaf. Try: Skinny Lasagna <--what I'm having for lunch today!
2. Eat soup. Soup is easy to load with veggies and a tomato based soup is even better. Cooked tomatoes have more bioavailable lycopene for you! Try: Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
3. Roast them. I hated broccoli until about 4 months ago. I kept hearing how good it was for me so I tried different ways of preparing it. I found that roasting brings out flavors I love and now I'm the broccoli queen! Use trial and error to find veggies that work for you and your taste-buds.
4. Drink them. I have a low sodium v8 everyday. It's a fast, easy, inexpensive way to knock out one of my 5 needed vegetable servings.
|Have fun with you veggies!|
In other health related news, my glutes are very sore today!
Last week we posted a Great Glutes workout, but I wanted to share one more exercise. Yesterday Kyle had me do split squats on the Smith machine. To do them stand in a lunge position with one foot forward and one back. Do 8 squats with your right leg forward, then switch and do 8 squats with your left leg forward. Repeat doing 7 then 6 then 5...all the way down to 1. All you will need is 1 set and you will wake up with a sore, sore bum!
I hope you make the most of your Leap Day and get in those vegetables!
What is your favorite vegetable?
Love and ANDI,
Carissa & Kyle
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