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Healthy Habits – Eat More Veggies

3 Oct

Cooking Light magazine has had a healthy habits challenge each month. One of the challenges was to eat more veggies. Another one of the challenges was to have one vegetarian day each week. Now, I am not sure that I could realistically do one vegetarian day each week while pregnant, but I want to get into the habit of eating more veggies, and finding some vegetarian dinners that I like is a good first step. One of my favorites so far was black bean quesadillas.

But I am getting ahead of myself. Why is it important to eat more veggies? Well, they have pretty much every vitamin from A-Z, are full of fiber (something we will discuss more during my Dealing with Pregnancy Symptoms week) and they generally a good bang for your buck calorie-wise.

To be honest, my veggie intake is . . . awful. I get maybe three servings a day. And that is probably generous. So, one of my pre-pregnancy goals is to start eating 5 servings of veggies a day. How do I plan to do that? Well, here are a few strategies that have worked well for me:

  • Try a spinach (or any type) salad for an afternoon snack. I sweeten up my spinach salads with diced tomatoes or berries. That provides a good dose of flavor and balances the sometimes bitter greens without adding the empty calories of salad dressing.
  • Add more veggies to  sandwiches. You can do this through lettuce, tomatoes, or (if you’re more creative/adventurous) hummus spread.
  • Serve your dinner on a bed of veggies. I try to buy veggies that are easy to chop or slice and steam, then I set the meat portion of dinner on top.
  • Keep carrot sticks in the fridge for a quick, easy snack

How do you work more veggies into your day?