Most of us trying to eat vegetables.
Nutrition is a funny field. We don’t actually know a whole lot for sure. The things we know for sure versus “it depends” is quite lopsided in the “it depends” category. That’s not even a diaper joke. Nutrition science isn’t very old, and the fact that every human is different makes studying a problem quite difficult. However, there are some things we have a decent handle on.
Vegetables are healthy. Like, really healthy.
You’ll have a better chance at living longer. It will help keep your weight in check. For sport, you’ll recover easier because you’ll have more nutrients. Your bathroom habits will be more regular. You’ll make your mom happy. You’ll set good examples for your kids. You may actually grow to like them.
Ah, it’s that last part about liking them. Some of us are just born liking vegetables. For others, we need to learn how to like them. No amount of pills and shakes will make up for lacking vegetables, despite what your Facebook friends may tell you.
I’d argue that most of us (myself included, sometimes), do not get nearly enough veggies. For the next 7 days, I want you to count servings of vegetables and fruits per day. Count a serving size as anything about the size of your fist. Have a column for vegetables and fruit separately. While both are great, it’s good to make sure you are getting a 50/50 balance or even more weighted toward veggies.
See what you get after 7 days. If we want at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies per day, you should have at least 35 servings after a week. Round down when tracking, so one tomato on a burger doesn’t count. I want real servings.
If, like me, you find that you are slacking in the produce department, it’s time to step it up!
Here are 3 ways to help:
Add a small amount of butter to your cooked vegetables. If it’ll get you to enjoy them more, go for it. Less is more, just give them a nice light coating.
Smoked paprika is an underutilized spice. Try picking it up and try cooking with it. Goes great on asparagus, mushrooms, and parsnips to name a few
Get a frozen medley, and commit to having at least 2 servings at dinner. Love it or not, this will ensure that you at least have some veggies no matter how your day goes.