Today I felt that I needed to post an article about eating healthy….for the non-veggie eater. When I was growing up, I was a kid who would eat vegetables…most of them anyway. However, I would NOT eat peas! I hated peas with a PASSION! Today I will eat them, but I wont particularly enjoy them.
There are some adults who have hated eating a certain vegetable their whole life, and some who have grown to like it. But then there are the individuals who don’t like vegetables, period! I know a few people like this, and they happen to be very skinny people (so unfair, right?)…blame it on the genes, I guess. Well for those people who do NOT like vegetables what-so-ever, this post is for YOU.
There are many forms of preparing vegetables, believe it or not. A favorite of mine is to eat them raw or in a salad, but I know this may not be favored with some of you. One way in which to include veggies into a diet, is to simply blend them into a yummy smoothie…your probably thinking “what?! NO…only crazy hippies do that). Well no, actually it is a great way to hide your veggies and still get all the nutrition. Not all smoothies with vegetables in them look like pond water, I promise :) It really depends on what variety you put in your smoothie. Some things you can put in a smoothie could be spinach, wheat grass (its not regular grass!), carrots, broccoli, kale, and so forth.
Smoothies aren’t the only way to incorporate veggies. I enjoy a glass of “V8 splash” (REALLY delicious, much more than the original) every now and then. Be careful with the store-bought/ processed “vegetable-packed” foods, because they can contain high fructose corn syrup (don’t even get me started on that topic), partially hydrogenated oil (any kind: soybean,etc), and other non-clean eating friendly foods.
Its best to stick to using whole ingredients that you would find around the perimeter of the grocery store (this is an old, but true tip). There are PLENTY of recipes online that feature ways to get your veggie servings in, without much effort or “yucky taste” (as some would say).
I will be posting recipes in the future that hopefully you will enjoy. If you want me to post recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, etc, I will gladly do it. Most of my recipes will have veggies or some kind of fruit in it. Every now and then, I will do a vegan or vegetarian recipe challenge (I am not vegan or vegetarian, but somewhat pursuing the lifestyle).
I hope that I gave some helpful tips to beginner- healthy eaters, or you just enjoyed reading this post.
Until next time, Elle.