My breakfast: an egg over kale, zucchini, and a slice of ham
Without being specific, it’s safe to say that eating more vegetables is a good thing. And yet, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, vegetable consumption in America is down by 27 pounds per person per year. That’s A LOT of vegetables! So even with the rise of the foodie culture, farmer’s markets, and TV cooking shows, many people are eating fewer vegetables than ever.
Why? Well, sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it’s expensive. Sometimes it’s a cultural change as much as it is a lifestyle change. Even I notice that it’s sometimes just easier to skip the veg. Bread is not a veg. Tomato sauce is not a veg (tomatoes are actually a fruit, anyway). And neither mustard nor mayo counts as a vegetable.
But if ever there were a time to add more vegetables to your diet, it would be now–bounteous summertime, when everything’s fresh from the farm or garden! Why bother? Well, eating more vegetables will improve your health, your skin, your mood (yes, they can make you happier), your body, your energy, your sex life, and the environment. Guaranteed.
So here’s your summer challenge: Add one extra vegetable to each meal. And here are some easy (and delicious) tips for getting more vegetables into your diet.
It really doesn’t matter how you eat them. What matters is that you eat more of them. This is my challenge to myself going forward. How about you all join me?!
Just add one more vegetable to each meal!
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