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January 6, 2018
Eat More Vegetables!
By Charis Lindrooth
Photo by chiara conti on Unsplash
With the holiday feasting and gastro-extravagance behind us our minds turn to New Year’s resolutions. Diminishing the midline tops many lists, with ideas of elliptical workouts and newfangled diets.
Perhaps, one simple adage could be remembered for those seeking trimmer, healthier bodies. “Eat your vegetables!” We repeat it all the time to our kids, but do we follow up ourselves? I’m guessing there is room for improvement for most of us and implementing a few of the following strategies may help make this goal a reality in 2018.
- Eat less meat. Maybe introduce one vegetarian supper a week. For meat-lovers, this can be challenging - especially if you are trying to satisfy a teenage boy. The goal here is to increase vegetable consumption, not bread, noodle and cheese consumption. Look for vegetables that have a hearty, meaty flavor such as eggplant, mushrooms, winter squash. A side of mashed local potatoes can please almost any teenage palate. Try a vegetarian shepherd’s pie, for example.
- Prep your veggies in advance. When you bring your CSA box (or grocery bags if it's winter and your local farm is frozen solid) take a moment right away to slice and dice and neatly package them so they are ready in an instant for any dish in the upcoming week. It's true that you lose some nourishment and vitality with advanced produce prep, but if you tend to get over busy and stressed during the week, cooking might feel a lot more appealing if some of the hard work is already done.
- Make food at home. Now that you have a stash of vegetables waiting patiently in your refrigerator, stop procrastinating. Fix them into something great! Soups, stews, crockpot, frittatas or quiches, homemade pizza, chili....brainstorm a list with your kids and get them invested in the menu.
- Cook with your kids. If you can stand to let your kids help you in the kitchen (I admit this one is really hard for me) they will take ownership of the meal and eat their veggies proudly. Okay, that's my theory. Let me know if it works!
- Join a CSA! You knew this was coming of course! Your CSA box arrives every week. Set a goal to finish your box before the next one arrives. One of our members lost 25 lbs the first year he joined our CSA - just by eating more vegetables.
What tips do you employ to consume more vegetables? Any ideas for kid-friendly recipes?