Eat your vegetables!

How many times have we heard, as children, our parents, specially our mothers, tells us to eat our vegetables? Why did we think they were tasteless and such a boring food? Truth is: they probably were. However, that is no longer the case.

Practically everyone knows that vegetables are healthy for them. From boosting immunity to treating chronic illnesses, vegetables offer a wide range of health benefits that scientists aren’t even yet entirely finished discovering.

In a new study from the University of Sydney in Australia, researchers found evidence of vegetables having a positive impact on stress levels. Not surprisingly, one measly serving of vegetables a day won’t exactly cut it.

So, let’s give ourselves a healthy lifestyle and enjoy those vegetables. Some tips to help you everyday:

Have pre-cut veggies ready to go. Pick one day of the week when you can cut up some bell peppers, cucumber, celery, carrots, and other vegetables to store in the refrigerator for easy snacks and side dishes.

Make green smoothies. Throw a bunch of leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, and other greens into your blender along with some fruit and other healthy ingredients for a smoothie that’s basically a salad in disguise. (check other blog posts to see smoothies’ recipes).

 

  • Stock up on frozen vegetables. Fresh is always better, but frozen vegetables last longer, are often cheaper, and still contain all their nutrients.

 

As long as you’re eating vegetables at every meal and snacking on them in between, it’ll be a cinch to get as many as 5 to 7 daily servings. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

 

(via Care2)