How Do You Get Your Veggies?

Spud Box-small4 Easy Ways to Eat More Veggies From Your Kirkland Personal Trainer

Recently, the USDA changed the good ol’ food pyramid in favor of “My Plate”. It gives recommendations on how to achieve a balanced meal and recommends half your plate should be fruits and veggies.

So, to encourage you to get your 2-3 cups of veggies per day, here are a few tips:

1. SMOOTHIES! If you’re not a big fan of dark, leafy greens, throw some spinach or kale into a berry smoothie. You cannot taste it at all and you’ll get all the benefits (iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin C etc. etc.). Seriously, try it on a kid; they’ll never know the difference. Don’t try broccoli though, you can definitely taste that in a smoothie!

2. If you’re making tacos or pizzas or sandwiches, load up on the veggies first! Leave the meat and cheese as nice accents (or don’t add it at all!).

3. EXPERIMENT. Eat a variety of different vegetables, try to get as many colours of the rainbow as you can! If you’re tired of spinach, substitute chard in recipes, or try Kale instead. Always eat iceberg lettuce? Give romaine a try! There are so many options out there. Just remember the darker green it is, the more awesome vitamins and minerals it has!!!!

4. If you seriously cannot that many veggies a day, try one of those green powders that have lots of veggies and vitamins in them. You know, the ones that taste like grass? Good news, Amazing Grass makes a chocolate flavor that makes your milk taste like chocolate milk! Or you can try a capsule version such as Juice+. These are all great ways to ensure you get the benefits of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from our wonderful veggies.

That’s how we get our fruits and veggies. How do you get yours? Let us know in the comments your favorite ways to eat veggies, we’d love to hear about it and steal some ideas :)

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