Happy New Year! In my final column of 2019, I shared some healthy habits to kick off 2020. I want to build on those sentiments because I know there are so many of you who are working on renewed commitments to healthy eating. With the busy lives we lead, it’s not always easy to eat right, but we must keep at it for our health depends on it.
Back in the day, our parents would say “Don’t play with your food!” Well, allow me a bit of creative license as I advise you to “play” with the options of your vegetables. Tired of the same old broccoli, carrots and green peas? Then it’s time to spice up your palate and diversify your plate in 2020 with something new!
How often have we skipped putting veggies on our plate because we were simply not in the mood for that same taste? I get it, but we need the nutrients from vegetables to strengthen our immune systems, ward off germs, support weight loss goals, strengthen our bodies and the list goes on and on. Here are a few veggies that I recommend adding to your grocery list:
- Parsnips – This root vegetable is closely related to carrots, packed with nutrients and is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Its long tuberous roots have a sweet yet nutty flavor and may even help with your weight loss goals!
- Bok Choy – Feeling adventurous? Add some bok choy aka “Chinese cabbage” to your grocery cart! It contains vitamins A and C, as well as a bit of calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. It also makes a delicious crunchy addition to your stir fry recipes.
- Eggplant – Although technically a fruit, eggplant is definitely something you want in your veggie portfolio. Eggplants contain many vitamins and minerals and are high in antioxidants. The best news is that they may help reduce the risk of heart disease! Go ahead, try them!
- Sugar snap peas – Enjoy this delightful veggie raw and fresh out of the bag if you like. They’re crunchy, fresh tasting and you can eat them whole; no peeling involved. I love that they contain lots of fiber, vitamin C and iron. They will also add life to your stir fry dishes!
So, I have started you off with four suggestions, but there are countless veggies that you can add to the list. A simple online search will have you exploring vegetables for the rest of the year. I would love to hear all about your healthy finds! Inbox me on my social media channels (FB, Twitter and Instagram), so I can share your healthy tips with all of my followers. That way, we are building on our healthier lifestyle habits together! Remember, your health matters! Happy veggie hunting!
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