Many people dread eating vegetables. Unfortunately, you’ve probably had at least one bad veggie experience, usually with a colorless canned concoction or mushy frozen mixture during childhood that left you with a disgusting “old sock” taste in your mouth. My experience was with boiled brussels sprouts that were not doused, but drowned in white vinegar. Yuck! The good news is, you don’t have to be scarred for life. Brussels sprouts are now one of my favorite vegetables. In fact, I love them so much that my local grocer calls me when the first seasonal shipment of brussels sprouts on the stalk arrives. My point is, it’s generally not the veggie you dislike, but the way it was prepared and served.
Start giving more vegetables a try to boost your daily nutrient intake with fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. By including more veggies at every meal and with snacks throughout the day, you’ll have more energy, lose weight, sleep better and improve your overall health. Follow the suggestions below and, if all else fails, there’s nothing like a little pastured bacon or raw milk cheese to get you to say, “More veggies please!”
1. Jump Into Juicing
Homemade juices are a convenient and easy way to include lots of nutrients in little time. Starting each morning with a “green drink” can be a healthy and delicious way to get more greens without much effort. Click here to start juicing.
- Lean Greenie: avocado, kale, celery, cucumber, green apple, & parsley
- Java Jumpstart: coffee, coconut, spinach, banana, cinnamon & vanilla
- Choco-Nana-Nut: almond butter, spinach, banana, cocoa, & flax
- Blueberry Muffin: almond milk, kale, blueberries, banana & chia seeds
2. Get Steamy
Steaming is one of the best cooking methods for improving the taste and color of veggies, without destroying vital nutrients. Although steaming is a quick task, you can speed up the process by chopping your ingredients into smaller pieces and steaming in batches. Click here to start steaming.
- Kale with chopped bacon & shallot
- Spinach with fresh lemon juice & olive oil
- Asparagus with prosciutto, balsamic & parmesan
- Cauliflower with pastured butter & Sweet Onion Basil Zukay
- Broccoli with coconut oil, tamari & Carrot Ginger Zukay
3. Toss It Together
Salads can be a great source of nutrients that keep you satisfied and energized without leaving you feeling overly full or fatigued. Spruce up your salads, while benefiting your body by adding fresh flavorful vegetables and tossing them with a homemade dressing. Click here to make more satisfying salads.
- Beef/bison steak with spinach, bell peppers & guacamole
- Chicken with mixed greens, carrots, celery, green apple & walnuts
- Turkey Cobb with romaine, tomato, pastured bacon & eggs
- Salmon with mixed greens, cucumber, fresh strawberries & pecans
- Shrimp with arugula, shaved fennel, grapefruit & avocado
- Lamb with watercress, shredded raw beets, walnuts & feta
4. Wrap It Up
Make the switch from grains to greens by choosing wraps made from lettuce, leafy greens, cabbage family veggies and sea vegetables. In general, darker greens such as spinach, kale and collards contain more nutrients than lighter greens. Click here to make delicious wraps.
- Kale wrapped chicken with hummus, red pepper & olives
- Kelp wrapped salmon with cucumber & avocado
- Spinach rolled steak with raw milk cheese & tomatoes
- Collard wrapped turkey with pastured bacon, sprouts & Zukay
- Romaine tacos with pulled pork, peppers, onions & guacamole
- Lettuce wrapped bison burger with sweet potato & onions
- Endive leave “boats” with shrimp, pineapple salsa & guacamole
Would you like to lose weight, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, increase energy and feel better on a daily basis? Contact Certified Nutritionist and Kitchen Coach, Cate Ritter, to improve your health now!
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