Kicking off Week 2 – If you’ve been with us for the past week, I hope you’re all warmed up and ready for more. If not, it’s never too late to join in and focus on the goodness of fruits and vegetables.
Remember there is compelling evidence that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. The largest and longest study done followed 110,000 people for 14 years and found that, compared to those who had the lowest intake of fruits and vegetables (< 1.5 servings/day), those who averaged 8 or more servings a day were 30% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
Today’s Tip – 3 simple ways to eat vegetables:
1. Pile them on your plate – don’t think “what vegetable shall we have for dinner?” Think “what 2 or 3 vegetables shall we have for dinner?”
2. Cram them into Casseroles – making a Mexican casserole -add extra onions peppers, tomatoes and squash. Making eggplant Parmesan – double the eggplant, onion, and tomato part of the recipe.
3. Stuff them into Sandwiches – go ahead with the usual tomato and lettuce but how about adding thinly sliced zucchini, shredded red cabbage, and some kale? Or how about trying my personal favorite sandwich stuffer – thin slices of Granny Smith Apple (uh….ya I know it’s not a vegetable but try it, thank me later!)
3 BONUS points today for posting a pic of one of your veggie rich meals in the comments.