This is perfect timing for a VEGGIE CHALLENGE as gardens are in their peak season right know! Why am I doing this – I want to make you healthier!!!
Eating vegetables provides many health benefits that are vital for the maintenance of your body and provides important nutrients such as potassium, fiber, folic acid, and vitamins A, E and C. They may also lower your risk for some chronic diseases such as heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, protect against certain types of cancer, help reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
That paragraph should be enough to convince you to eat more veggies but just in case you need more nudging here are a few more reasons: a) veggies are high in vitamins and minerals which make you feel healthy and energized b) they are naturally low in calories so you can eat them guilt free c) they offer variety since there are so many different veggie you can always have something different to eat d) veggies are high in fiber which provides a feeling of fullness with fewer calories e) Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy f) Vitamin C keeps teeth and gums healthy and aids in iron absorption AND g) THEY TASTE GOOD.
So here is my CHALLENGE to YOU – add 2 cups of veggies to your diet every day for the next 14 days and see what happens. Some suggestions *maybe replace a starch with veggies, EXAMPLE instead of crackers and hummus have veggies and hummus *instead of a whole baked sweet potato at dinner have ½ and add veggies *instead of eating that bagel or chips or sandwich have a salad loaded with fresh veggies and lean protein.
Need a list of veggies? http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_vegetables
My go to veggies right now are (while I am cutting for show prep): asparagus, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, spaghetti squash, really any squash, spinach, kale and red onions. I have a large zucchini ready to be stuffed with ground bison and tomatoes.
Please let me know how it goes!! I hope you take the challenge on and continue to do past the 14 days!!