If you have been following our 52 week approach to better health, found here, then you know that this week’s challenge is to spend 30 minutes browsing choosemyplate.gov. Educating yourself about different nutrition topics will help you on your journey to a more healthy lifestyle. Choosemyplate.gov is a wealth of information. You will find lots of information on vegetables, and how to include plenty in your diet.
There are 5 subgroups of veggies: dark-green, starchy, red and orange, beans and peas, and other vegetables. The goal is to include a variety of vegetables from each group in your diet. Each group offers its own set of nutrients; omitting a group means you may not be getting enough of key nutrients in your diet. In addition to eating a variety of different kinds of vegetables, it is a good idea to eat them in a variety of ways. You can eat veggies raw, fresh, frozen, or dried, or even drink vegetable juice.
The amount of veggies you need to eat each day depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. The chart below will help you find what is right for you.
You can find more information vegetables and how many to eat by clicking here.
To get yourself excited about eating vegetables, consider trying one of the vegetable recipes below. With few ingredients, they are simple to prepare, and pleasing to the tastebuds. Enjoy!