For optimal health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends eating approximately 2 ½ cups of vegetables every day. Eating more vegetables is one of the more common health-improving goals people attempt to accomplish. Unfortunately, some of the best intentions can fall apart before they even really begin. Equipping yourself with some simple tools can go a long ways towards your chances of success.
With all the convenient packaging found in groceries stores today, people no longer have to take the time to wash, chop and otherwise prepare their vegetables. The produce section is stocked with things like pre-made salads, bags of baby carrots and veggie trays with dip. Instead of going to a fast food restaurant for your lunch break, head over to a grocery store and take advantage of these already prepared meals – you’ll also find you have more energy to get you through the day.
Planning out meals ahead of time is a great technique for success as well. If you like preparing your own food, you can also chop and bag a week’s worth of veggies in advance – and because you took the time to plan out your meals, you’ll be more inclined to stay on track.
Substitution is another great ways to eat your veggies. For example, when you go out to eat, instead of choosing mashed potatoes or fries, ask for a side salad or their in-season vegetables. At lunch time, skip the bread and use green leafy vegetables to create lettuce-wrap sandwiches. Eat a vegetable-based soup rather than one that’s mainly filled with meat and noodles.
A few simple tweaks to your diet can result in a significant boost to your health. Plan, prepare and evaluate your diet on a regular basis – before you know it, eating your veggies every day will become a habit, like brushing your teeth and taking a shower. With a little effort, it’ll become second nature.