Most doctors and health professionals will agree: there are no foods that are healthier than vegetables. Trouble is, most people find that eating vegetables on a daily basis a challenge.
Think back to when you were a child, slapping the broccoli out of your parent's hands. You weren’t into veggies in the first place. Getting into it now, when no one is forcing you to eat it, can seem even harder.
Truth is, vegetables are essential to your health. Let’s break down some of the best ways to motivate yourself to eat more veggies.
1. Understand They’re Essential
Even if supplement with a multivitamin each day, veggies are essential to your diet. Not only do they provide the bulk of your fiber, but they also contain critical nutrients like vitamins and minerals to balance hormones, enable growth, and strengthen hair, skin, nails, and much more.
Skipping your veggies means skipping a great source of low-calorie fuel to help your body maintain growth and performance.
2. They Reduce Onset of Disease
Many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes have a treatment option of increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables. They’re no substitute for medical advice, but eating your veggies could be one of the best preventive measures you can take to ensure you are always getting the best spectrum of nutrients for optimal health.
Here are the best cancer-fighting vegetables according to MD Anderson Cancer Center:
3. Endless Variety
Don't like broccoli? No worries, there’s an endless variety of vegetables. From Asia to North America, vegetables are plentiful at any local supermarket. You can enjoy a different set of vegetables each day, so you’ll never get bored with the same ones.
4. They’re Inexpensive
On a tight budget? No problem. Vegetables are likely the cheapest addition to your grocery list. Some people even try eating vegetarian for this reason.
If you’re on a budget, vegetables are a very inexpensive and an economically sustainable way to get your calories and nutrients.
5. Did I mention they're low in calories?
Veggies contain a lot of water. This means they will help you feel fuller without ingesting as many calories. They are the very opposite of "calorie dense foods" like donuts and cheesecake. When adding vegetables to your meal, be prepared to eat less of your calorie-dense items - because if you're not being mindful, you'll eat the same way you always did, plus the veggies.
BONUS TIP: Juice Your Veggies or Make Green Smoothies
Juicing machines have become very popular in the past couple years for good reason. Many people don’t like to spend the time to cook and eat their veggies. Why not juice them in a snap, drink a glass, and get 3-5 servings in a of couple gulps?
Juicing your veggies with fruit will help to make the drink taste sweeter and still enable you to get much of the essential nutrients needed for healthy cell maintenance and growth.
Keep in mind that juicing your vegetables limits the amount of fiber that you get from them. You’ll need to get your fiber from grain-rich foods when you use the juicer. Making smoothies preserves the fiber and can be done in a high-horsepower blender.
At the end of the day, eating veggies comes down to a personal choice and your own motivation. If you consider all the health and cost benefits, you’ll choose to get your daily dose of kale in.