It’s probably cliché for a dietitian to say this, but vegetables could really use some more love. They provide key nutrients like vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber and most are low in calories. Those are enticing benefits to consumers for any food, and it’s why vegetables typically earn 3 Guiding Stars, as they are some of the best foods for us to eat. By eating enough vegetables (and fruits) as part of an overall healthy diet we can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. Unfortunately, less than 10% of adults in the U.S. meet the recommended intake of 2 to 3 cups per day.
So why do most us eat fewer vegetables than the recommended amount? Barriers like cost, availability, access, and perceived lack of cooking time play a role. But many of us admit that within our means we could still do better. For this Nutritious Nudge, I want to share some recipes and strategies to fit more vegetables into our day.
Topping a quick stir-fry with an egg is a great way to make sure it’s a filling, satisfying meal. Any combination of vegetables you have on hand will pair nicely with your favorite hot sauce–use this recipe as a basic template to use up your leftover veggies nicely.View recipe »
Pesto made with kale adds another delicious option for consuming this popular green. If kale isn’t your jam, reach for your favorite in-season green. Spinach would be mild in flavor. Arugula would offer a nutty spice. Beet greens would provide a pleasant parsley-like bitterness. The important thing is to enjoy more green, leafy vegetables.View recipe »