Recently I attended my son’s first musical production. It was absolutely wonderful – right up until the part where they all sang about how much they disliked Brussels sprouts! I started wondering how many of them have actually ever had Brussels sprouts and how if they hadn’t, they probably never would now. To be fair, most of them probably wouldn’t have liked them anyways. They aren’t the most easiest food to get on board with and it can be challenging to know how to prepare them.
As we gear up for our Great Veggie Challenge, we wanted to start encouraging people early to give their veggies another chance. Whether it’s Brussels sprouts, kale, or carrots, we hope that at least one recipe we share will get you to rethink common, or not so common vegetables. They’ve come along way after all. My mother use to boil our veggies – and all the flavor and texture out of them too. Now days, most vegetables can be added to an already favorite food or roasted for incredible flavor and simplicity.
Our food, nutrition, and health bloggers can also help you rethink your vegetables through their creative twists and turns down the vegetable path.
For instance, Nutrition Expert Alyson Heller RD, LD, ACSM, is a whiz when it comes to inspiring your love of all things green! Spinach and Arugula aren’t the only ways to add a little color to your plate! No, you can celebrate St. Patty’s Day or any other day with these 50 Shades of Green Alyson points out on her blog, Simply Nutricising.
Or how about simply adding enough veggies to your meal to fill up half your plate? If green’s not your color or if you aren’t quiet ready to love your vegetables, this can be a great goal. Nutrition Expert Elizabeth Patton, MS, RD, LD, CDE from Good Food Tastes Good has some great ideas and tips to help get you there. Believe it or not, its not usually as challenging as it may first seem.
Want to get even more specific about they types of vegetables you’re adding to your day? Then you may want to start thinking about how to eat the rainbow. Recipe Guru Elle from We Can Begin to Feed not only points out a variety of colorful veggies, but a few of their benefits as well. Thinking through what sort of vegetables your consuming based on color, really can be a good thing since each provides slightly different benefits.
And why stop there? Once you know how to incorporate a few more veggies into each meal, why not start making them the focus? Lunch is a great place to start. Its a relatively simple meal and requires planning anyways, so it lends itself well to vegitizing. Not sure where to start? Healthy Eating Champion, Jess Smith from Jessness Required, has some great everyday clean eating lunch ideas to get you started.
Are you ready for our Great Veggie Challenge? Share with us how you incorporate veggies into your day. Who knows – you might just inspire someone else to eat more veggies too.