Thursday, November 2, 2017

Getting More Veggies into Your Weekly Meals

Eating more vegetables is always recommended, not just by me, but by nutritionists & dieticians across the board.

For some reason, we were duped into thinking vegetables are 'boring' or 'tasteless' when we were kids.

Now let's just think about that for a moment.

Was it our parents?  (who also grew up with overcooked & bland range of vegetables?)

Was it the junk food advertisers?  (who have a seriously vested interest in making us think their snack food is better?)

Was is partly us, as kids, who were all about the chips & lollies are a reward?  (without realising the epidemic of diabetes & heart disease on the horizon?)

Whatever the reason, I am here to tell you that HEALTHY FOOD DOES NOT HAVE TO BE DULL OR TASTELESS!!

You can enjoy salad, stir fry (which is pretty much hot salad, right?) and any other healthy meal, without feeling taste-deprived or lacking in sensation.

You just need to start thinking about the composition of your meals, what you put in your shopping basket & how you & your family like to eat.

Trust me.
This is not hard.
(Despite what food manufacturers try to make you believe)

Here's a couple of easy ways to get more veg, more fibre, more greens, into your weekly meals.


This gal is a hero for gut-health & only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Thinly slice cabbage & grate some carrots or buy the pre-made pack.
I always use natural yoghurt with a dash of mayo as the dressing.

Cabbage is an excellent source of fibre & a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin K, containing 44% and 72%, respectively, of the Daily Value (DV) per 100 gram amount.Cabbage is also a moderate source (10–19% DV) of vitamin B6 and folate, with no other nutrients having significant content per 100 gram serving (table).

Carrots get their characteristic, bright orange colour from β-carotene, and lesser amounts of α-caroteneγ-carotenelutein and zeaxanthin.[63] α- and β-carotenes are partly metabolized into vitamin A, providing more than 100% of the Daily Value (DV) per 100 g serving of carrots. Carrots are also a good source of vitamin K (13% DV) and vitamin B6 (11% DV), but otherwise have modest content of other essential nutrients. 


If you enjoy tomatoes, cucumber & onion, doused in olive oil & balsamic, this salad makes a beautifully fresh accompaniment to most summer dishes.

Chop tomatoes, cucumber & red onion into small pieces, splash with olive oil, salt & balsamic to taste. This is a great accompaniment to homemade burgers or tacos.

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