Veggies: Eat them because you want to, not because you have to!

Veggies: Eat them because you want to, not because you have to!

By now, hopefully we can all agree that healthy food doesn’t have to be limited to a salad or taste like cardboard. The recipes we provide weekly come from creative resources who know how to make nutritious food taste good. Probably one of my favorite (free) resources that comes to mind says it all in the title, “Veggies: Eat Them Because You Want To, Not Because You Have To.”. Sign me up, am I right?!


If you’re still feeling in a slump with healthy cooking or are always up for new ideas when it comes to your food, Eating Well has put together, “10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier” and surely one or some of their tips will hit home for you. Read the full article here.


  1. Make a plan.
  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  3. Choose whole grains.
  4. Mix up your protein.
  5. Cook with global flavors. (This is probably my favorite one. Herbs and spices can enhance the taste of so many foods and make them the star of the show. They can also vary the outcome so that you never get bored with your staple veggies. Be brave in the kitchen and try something new. You won’t know unless you try, afterall.)
  6. Keep portions reasonable.
  7. Add healthy fats. (But don’t go overboard. See #6. Did you know that you can saute in water if you’re trying to watch your calories and don’t necessarily need the extra fat/calories from oil because you ate too much avocado at lunch or want to enjoy a larger portion of salmon?)
  8. Limit added sugar and salt.
  9. Enjoy treats.
  10. Be mindful and enjoy.


More explanation of each tip can be found here. Do any of these tips hit home for you? If so, which ones? Talk about it with your coach at your next workout and make it a goal for the week to implement one or two of them and see what difference it makes for you.


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