TOP THREE REASONS VEGGIES REIGN SUPREME
It’s no surprise that as a holistic health practitioner, I’d tout the merits of veggies, but do you know why?
Veggies have far more benefits than I have time to list (or you have the interest to read), so I’ll only hit the high spots. Here’s just three reasons to make veggies your top pick for every meal:
1) Folate and Phytonutrients! In particular, look for the dark green leafy varieties (think spinach, arugula, Swiss chard, kale, collards, romaine, cabbage, broccoli, etc.). These veggies are anti-aging powerhouses! They prevent disease and support younger-looking skin for starters. They also provide amazing healing benefits for the eyes, lungs, liver, colon, cardiovascular system, and, of course, whole body health. The antioxidants in veggies build a strong immune system, reduce inflammation, and keep toxins and bacteria in check. Want balanced hormones, too? Veggies to the rescue….
2) Fiber! Seek out fiber-rich foods if you’d like to increase your satiety (feeling full and satisfied), even out your metabolism, heal your digestive system, and detoxify your body. To read more about fiber, check out this recent post: Why Fiber is a Friend to Fibro.
3) A Cravings-Buster! You may not be aware, but one reason for uncontrollable food cravings (especially for sweets) can be an imbalance or lack of essential vitamins and nutrients in the daily diet. Veggies are a wonderful source of vitamins A, B’s, C, E, and K. Minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and selenium can be found in a rich variety of veggies. If you’d like to know more about cravings, check out this post: 13 Surprising Sources of Food Cravings.
You also get a lot of bang for your buck with veggies. They’re relatively inexpensive and because they’re so nutrient-dense, they fill you up and keep you energized for the entire day. And, be sure to consume the entire veggie (the whole food, not a nutrient supplement) so you get the additional benefit of the enzymes they contain to better digest and metabolize your meals.
I’ve been on a creative quest lately using veggies in new and different ways. Do you experiment with veggies in the kitchen? Tell us about it here!