The new year is now here, and your excuse for eating better has now elapsed. It is time to increase the amount of veggies you are eating and weed out the saturated fats, sugars, carbs, and any other nutrients that pose a threat to your health. But what if you hate veggies, you just can’t get around the taste, texture, or both. Whatever your reasoning may be, it is time to figure out a way to conquer them and incorporate more veggies into your diet.
We don’t have to tell you all the good veggies do, but we will anyway. They are nutrient-dense food, meaning they contain a lot of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants without excess calories. These are crucial to keeping our bodies healthy, fighting off diseases, protecting against injury and achieving our weight goals. Here is how you can increase your veggie intake:
Food, often, comes with an acquired taste. This means, if you don’t like something upon initial trial, try again. If you still are not a fan, try a different cooking method. You can eat veggies raw, steamed, roasted, boiled, minced, or sauteed. With so many various ways, you are bound to enjoy one.
One of the main reasons people juice is so they can increase their veggie intake. At The Spot Cafe, we offer many different types of juices so you can decide on what you need. We pair each of our juices with the right amount of fruit, so your juice is still delicious. One of our personal favorites, the Green Phantom, is loaded with spinach and cucumber but paired with apple and lemon to give it a detoxifying fresh taste. There is no easier way to obtain your daily veggie count.
Many vegetables have a bitter or bland taste, even to the strictest health nut. It is all in the way you prepare your veggies. Is broccoli or green beans too crunchy and bitter for your liking? Next time, try steaming either veggie and then sauteeing them in a pan with garlic, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. We promise you, the smell alone will get your mouth watering. This is a quick, easy, and healthy way to prepare veggies that will leave you craving more.