Meal Plan Monday…..Get Choppin!

If you were ever a Saturday Night Live fan you will always remember choppin broccoli 🙂

So back to getting serious.  There are studies that show that you will eat more vegetables if they are readily available to you.  If you plan ahead and take an hour or so on the weekend or whenever you get back from the grocery store and wash, cut up and bag all of your vegetables you will be ready to grab and eat them or cook with them throughout the week.

Evidence is mounting that the healthiest diets are full of plant-based foods and short on animal foods.  Here are a few reasons why you should eat more plant-based foods.

*  Cancer – The scientific base is very strong suggesting that fruits and vegetables are protective elements for many cancers.

*  Heart Disease – A plant-based diet with lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease.

*  Stroke – There’s a lot of evidence showing that fruits and vegetables are beneficial for reducing the risk of stroke.

*  Diverticulitis and Constipation – It’s clear that fibre both from bran and from fruits and vegetables is protective against these health issues.

*  Safer Food – Some of the deadliest food-borne illnesses enter the body via animal foods.

*  The Environment – Modern meat production involves intensive use – and often misuse – of grain, water, energy and grazing areas.

*  Animal Welfare – It’s unpleasant to think about, but before we slaughter them, the animals we eat are often raised and transported under inhumane conditions.

Now I know a lot of people don’t particularly like vegetables and they prefer their steak and french fries, the donuts and bags of chips, and the bacon and eggs, but here are some tips to help you get those veggies in your diet.

*  Add them to soups

*  Slip them into salads

*  Put them in foods you already like….for example slipping some spinach and zucchini in lasagna

*  Make some healthy dips and take raw veggies skinny dipping

*  Put them on pizza

*  Drink your veggies…..if you can’t handle veggie juices or green smoothies start out with some carrots in a fruit smoothie…you won’t even know they are in there

*  Grill them

If they are in the refrigerator already chopped and ready to go you will be more likely to grab them out and add them to what you are already cooking or just snack on them raw.  So skip going into the pantry when you are hungry and instead open up the veggie draw in the fridge….you will feel better for doing it.

-Kristen

Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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