“Vegetables, ugh. Are there really benefits of vegetables? I need proof because I’m not wasting my time unless it tastes delish.”
Is this how you feel about vegetables? I’m looking at you veggie haters!
I wish I could say that I relate but I can’t! I love veggies so much. Like so much. People actually call me Veggie Lisa, and I’ve been a vegetarian for over 30 years.
You could say I’m passionate about veggies. As the Head Nutritionist of IdealRaw, I get to talk about healthy foods all day, every day.
Remember when you were a kid and you would sneakily feed your vegetables to your dog? Is it possible that you grew up and STILL avoid veggies? If this is you, let’s talk about why you need more greens in your life and how you can sneak them in!
Benefits of Vegetables
Sometimes, we just have the wrong view of vegetables. Like most things in life, the benefits of vegetables aren’t usually seen right away.
Let me explain.
Veggies improve your overall health and keep your internal system running smoothly. If you don’t pay attention to your body already, you might not notice a huge difference.
Here are just a couple things I want to point out about veggies:
What would happen if you took a veggie/fruit supplement for 90 days? One study found that taking a fruit and vegetable supplement for 90 days supported a healthy cardiovascular system! Even though we are focusing on vegetables here, you can’t forget how powerful fruits are as well.
Everyone wants healthy blood pressure within normal ranges and a strong heart, so having a lifestyle rich in vegetables and regular physical activity will go a long way toward keeping you healthy for a long time
Lots of veggies contain fiber and fiber can do wonders for your bod.
Fiber has two types: soluble and insoluble. Both are important and most fiber-rich foods contain a mixture of both.
The trick to telling the difference (since most labels just say ‘fiber’) is to see if the food dissolves or swells in water. If it dissolves or swells in water then you can bet it’s soluble.
Soluble fibers consist of things like beans, seeds, lentils, peas and can help lower risk of heart disease.
Insoluble fibers consist of veggies like turnips, okra, green peas and it can help you, ahem, poop. In other words, if you have constipation problems, load up on insoluble fibers.
Also, fiber can contribute to weight loss as it helps you feel full faster.
Everyone needs nutrients to be healthy. Most vegetables are low in fat and calories and contain ZERO cholesterol.
Some key veggie nutrients include: potassium, folate, vitamin A, and C. These nutrients help with anything from blood cholesterol to eye and skin health.
So whether your focus is on inner health or outward appearance, veggies can help with both!
How to Sneak Some Greens In Your Diet
Now that we have grown up and pay for all the groceries, it just doesn’t make sense to give your dog the greens you don’t want to eat.
So, let’s get creative. Since we now know how important vegetables are for us, how can we sneak them in? I have two ideas…
- The first option is to get innovative and build them into your weekly menu. Say you’re a big potato chip lover. Try cooking up some kale chips and sprinkling them with some salt. You get to sneak some veggies in while eating a healthier version of chips! For other sneaky ways to eat veggies, check out this post.
- The second option is to find a great greens supplement. Most greens supplements are simply powdered fruits and vegetables. Since we know you are not a fan of veggies, try and find a greens supplement that has a neutral taste. That way you can sneak it into your morning smoothies or just add it to some OJ.
When looking for a greens supplement, make sure to check out the ingredients to make sure you aren’t wasting your ‘green’ :).
Top Ingredient Rundown
Here’s a quick glimpse into some amazing veggies and ingredients that I love. Heads up, you might not recognize some of these.
1.Kale: (All Hail Kale)
Kale is a member of the cabbage family and is filled to the max with nutrients (remember how we said nutrients are important above?). Let me quickly list what kale contains: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, manganese, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. I can’t even pronounce some of those!
Chlorella and Spirulina are very closely related so I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about them together. These are both waterborne organisms (algae) and some might argue that they aren’t vegetables. Let’s call them sea veggies. They are known to contain EVERY nutrient required by the human body. You can’t deny the power there.
Most of us have heard of spinach, right? This was probably the veggie you gave to your dog. It’s popular and affordable and full of goodness. Spinach can be consumed raw or cooked and can help with eyesight, muscle-strengthening (think Popeye), bone health, and so many other benefits.
People are like, “what is Moringa”? Moringa can be found in leaf form, capsules, pills, powder, drink mixes, and teas. Whatever form you find it in, it’s darn good for you. Moringa can help reduce tiredness and fatigue, skin health, and can be an immunity booster.
You could probably call flaxseed, “brain food”. Since it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids (specifically alpha-linolenic acid) it helps improve brain health. I don’t know about you but I’m okay with helping my brain out every now and then. And don’t worry flaxseed has so many other benefits so just trust me that this is a lot of power in this little seed.
6. Coconut Water:
Not only does it make me think of the beach, which is a huge plus, it also helps relieve hangovers and headaches! Both hangovers and headaches are made worse because of dehydration. Coconut water can boost hydration by replenishing the electrolytes in your body.
7. Turmeric (and curcumin):
Are you a fan of curry? Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. The main active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and it has tons of medicinal benefits. For any ladies out there who have menstrual issues, turmeric can relieve some of those symptoms. It’s also been found to detoxify the body and plenty of other things.
All of these ingredients have WAY more benefits than I mentioned. I barely touched on them. The point I’m trying to make is that veggies really are worth sneaking into our daily diet.
Let’s Go Green (Give Vegetables a Chance)
Ok, veggie haters, if you’ve made it this far, then you might be willing to give vegetables a chance. Hopefully, by now you know that vegetables are necessary and maybe even mandatory to live a healthy life.
Let’s get to it and start including more veggies into our diet.
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