This month, we’re taking a look at why & how to eat more vegetables. The “why” is easy: they’re nutritional powerhouses that will help you lose weight and fight off diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The “how” may be a little more challenging if you’re not a fan of vegetables. Here are some easy ways to eat more.
I love soups because you can put nearly anything in them and they’ll be good. You don’t have to be a master chef or have a library of cookbooks. You just need the confidence to throw some ingredients together in a soup pot, stir, heat and enjoy.
A very easy way to get started is to make a batch of vegetable broth, then add anything you like. For a healthy meal lickety-split, take a batch of pre-made Magic Mineral Vegetable Broth, toss in some frozen vegetables (like chopped broccoli, edamame, mixed vegetables, anything you like), and heat until all ingredients are hot. Season to taste with salt & pepper or go crazy with spice blends from your pantry. I’m being deliberately vague to emphasize the point that soups are not rocket science and your only limitation is your imagination.
If you’re more comfortable using a recipe, try one of these:
Salads are like soups in that you can make them out of nearly any vegetable. Think beyond iceberg lettuce and try arugula, roasted or grilled vegetables, cooked beans, raw green beans, whatever veggies you like.
At the salad bar, try this simple formula:
- 2 cups leafy greens (the darker, the better)
- 1 cup chopped raw veggies
- ½ cup cooked beans or tuna
- ¼ cup shredded cheese
- oil & vinegar on the side, adding just a little as you go
Try making vegetable soup or salad the focus of one meal this week. Bonus points if you have soup with a side of salad!
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