It’s Eat All Your Veggies Day!
It’s Eat All Your Veggies Day! The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends making half your plate fruits and vegetables and to vary your veggies. Many people have challenges consuming the recommended amounts of vegetables each day. The number of vegetables you need to eat depends on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity. A healthy dietary pattern that includes a combination of lean proteins, like lean beef, and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables is one that promotes overall strength through disease prevention. Research shows that diets rich in fruits and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of developing the most common (and deadly) chronic diseases – heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Athletes in general benefit from adding a variety of veggies in their diet as they help contribute carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants. All of these benefit the body to stay healthy and perform it’s best!
Here are a few suggestions to help pack more produce into your day!
- Add sautéed colorful peppers, onions and other green veggies with any breakfast omelet or burrito.
- Consider topping your burger with some new produce such as a fresh veggie salsa, bell peppers or shredded carrot slaw.
- Add a simple vegetable side salad or vegetable soup to your meal.
- For a snack, pair some protein with a veggie to help curb your munchies. Prep carrots, celery, broccoli or cauliflower for a quick grab and go.
- Include extra veggies on your beef kabobs such as cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini.
- Add extra chopped carrots, spinach, kale, onions, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes or mushrooms to soups, stews, meatloaf, meatballs and pasta sauce.
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