MAMA ALWAYS SAID 'EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!'

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And she was right, you should!  How many do you eat every day?  Consistently? Do you stick to just your favorite 4-5 and eat those over and over again?  When was the last time that you tried something new?  What about preparing them in a different way?  

There are over 400 vegetables of all varieties, all of which are extremely nutrient dense, packed full of vitamins and minerals.  They are all lower in calories and full of fiber to help keep you feeling full.  

Some of you may enjoy eating them raw, many may not!  When it comes to preparing them, what is your favorite go-to? Bake, boil, grill, roast, steam, stir fry?  Or to you rely on a microwave most of the time?  Or even eating them from a can?  Hey, canned vegetables are better than nothing at all!

 

 

 

Here are some of my favorite ways to cook a variety of veggies using the different some of the different methods:

  • Brussel sprouts.  Cut in half and either roast in the oven or grill.  Spray with a little coconut oil and sprinkle with fine sea salt.
  • Sweet Potato. Rinse, pierce the skin with a fork in a few spots, wrap in foil and cook in the oven at 425 degrees for at least 60 minutes.  The really large ones will sometimes take 80-90 minutes.  They should feel like mush when you pull them out.  I like for the skin to just peel off.  Or you can then use a mixer with it in a bowl and tear up the skin and mix it all together.
  • Mushrooms, Onions, Snap Peas.  Slice them up and stir fry in a skillet on the stove top.  You can even slice up and add peppers into this mix.
  • Peppers.  Slice off the top and cut out the seeds in the middle, so you have a hollow bowl.  Then stuff with your favorite ground lean meat!  Bake at 425 until the meat is all cooked.  Flavor with your favorite seasonings.
  • Broccoli.  Steamer basket on the stove top!  Sprinkle with garlic salt.
  • Zucchini. Slice it long way down the middle and scoop out the seeds. Make a “zucchini boat” loaded with a variety of ingredients.  Recipes and ideas for what to fill your boat with are endless!
  • Zucchini and yellow squash.  Slice and grill!  So yummy!
  • Spinach.  Raw or steamed!  I actually find that I can eat a lot more if I steam it because it shrinks down so much!
  • Kale.  If you have a high powered blender, this is a great addition to protein shakes! 
  • Sweet corn.  The best is when it is in season and on the cob!  Boil or grill!

This is only the tip of the iceberg (lettuce J)!  There are an infinite number of possibilities on how to expand your menu and really get those taste buds craving vegetables!  


 


 

Sara Sutherland is an internationally published fitness model, cover model, personal trainer, nutrition certified coach, blogger, brand ambassador and sponsored athlete.  She lost 85lbs post-pregnancy and has a strong passion for helping others through proper nutrition and exercise. She is a Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach and has launched a free habits-based e-book “The Healthy Habits Challenge” that is available for download at thehealthyhabitschallenge.com.  She also continues to post to her blog, fastonomics.com, where she shares ideas for accomplishing tasks quickly and efficiently.  Full online training program, workout app, and nutrition coaching programs available at sarasutherlandfitness.com