VQ Nutrition: Eat Your Veggies

Focus on veggies during your meals. For the next 3 days, try including at least 1 serving of non-starchy vegetables in 3 meals per day.

Diets high in non-starchy vegetables have been shown to reduce the risk of many diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and inflammatory/autoimmune conditions. You cant go wrong with filling the majority of your plate with non-starchy vegetables. (Leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, etc. ) Try replacing your starches or carbohydrates for these vegetables. Not only will vegetables reduce calories and carbohydrates (non-starchy vegetables do contain carbohydrates, so you will still be getting some carbs), they will increase the fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients in your diet. Some tips when adding vegetables to meals:

  • Make them tasty, sauté in healthy oils such as avocado, coconut or olive oils.

  • Spice them up with fresh herbs and spices. Sea salt is okay, we do need salt, especially if we are sweating.

  • Try fun alternatives to traditional carbohydrates: Spiralized Zucchini or Squash “noodles” or cauliflower “rice.”

  • Some prefer to boil vegetables first, and then a quick sauté in a healthy oil.