Monday, June 20, 2011

We all know we should be eating more vegetables, but how do we do that, really? It seems like it’s easier to add more fruits to our diet because most fruits are sweet, easy to grab when you’re rushed, and require little or no preparation. With vegetables it can be a little harder. While there are those that love vegetables, that’s not the case with everyone. We don’t crave vegetables the same way we do fresh chocolate brownies right from the oven. Mmmmmmmm. J
TIP: OK, Quick! Name 5 vegetables you’ve eaten in the last week. Can you do it? So often we eat the same few vegetables prepared the same way over and over again.  Don’t think broccoli, broccoli, and more broccoli or carrots, carrots, and more carrots. Break out of that rut and introduce one new vegetable into your life. I know, new vegetables can seem a little ‘suspicious’ but give it a whirl. If you don’t like it, chalk it up to experience. If you do like it, yippee! J
TIP: Choose a vegetable and then plan the meal around it! If you’re having grilled asparagus tonight, ask yourself what would go well with it. Salmon perhaps?
TIP: If you don’t already, try grilling veggies. I have to say, it’s one of my favorite ways to eat vegetables. Just chop up what you want to use, drizzle a little olive oil over them and grill ‘em. It really is that simple. You can use kabob sticks or a grill basket, whichever works best for you.
TIP:  Dip ‘em! Use fresh veggies along with hummus, bean dip, or guacamole as an appetizer or as part of your meal.

* Thought for the day*
If an orange is orange, why isn't a lime called a green or a lemon called a yellow?

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