How many times have you heard someone say “eat your veggies?
Countless, I bet. Your mom, dad, doctor, teacher, dietitian. It’s because vegetables are a crucial part of a well-balanced diet. And it’s essential you get them on a daily basis if you want to stay healthy.
That’s because your daily dose of vegetables provides a host of benefits you can’t get anywhere else. Some may be obvious, while others might not be so blatant.
This article outlines four critical reasons you should be eating more vegetables on a day to day basis.
Vegetables Provide Daily Essential Nutrients
Above all else, vegetables are packed with nutrients.
Potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber, folic acid to name a few. There are dozens of vegetables that provide these too.
Kidney beans, lentils, spinach, celery, tomatoes, carrots, peas, onions, potatoes and more. All are doing their part to improve your health.
Eating vegetables for their nutrients is more beneficial than supplementing with a multivitamin. Not only do you get natural ingredients but they help keep you satiated which fights hunger when you’re trying to lose weight.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
You like your heart, don’t you?
Well if you want to increase your chances of heart-related issues veggies need to be in your life.
Vegetables help reduce the risk of heart disease and other major medical concerns. The dietary fiber lowers cholesterol levels in your blood which is a significant plus.
Keeping your cholesterol at healthy levels is essential to reduce the risk of stroke, obesity, diabetes and heart attacks.
When it comes to your heart, it’s much better to be safe than to be sorry.
Heightened Immune System Function
I’ve yet to meet a person who enjoys being sick.
It’s terrible. No one likes being sick.
The good news is, vegetables boost your immune system which reduces your chances of catching a common cold.
More specifically, Vitamin A helps to keep your eyes and skin healthy on top of preventing infections within the body.
Vitamin C helps boost your immune system, which is crucial for stopping and treating any illnesses that you may face.
The first thing you might think of for vitamin C is fruit, although your veggies might surprise you.
A bell pepper contains nearly twice as much of the nutrient itself compared to citrus fruits. Broccoli has a ton of both A and C as well.
Who would have guessed?
Easy To Add To Meals
If veggies are so healthy, why don’t more people eat them?
Great question! People often complain about the taste. In some cases, it can be a valid argument, but there are plenty of ways to season, cook, and eat your veggies to make the taste manageable.
The truth is, we all have our likes and dislikes, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need the proper nutrients.
The misconception is that we have to eat so many veggies without finding ways to sneak them into our meals.
Spinach, for one, can be added to tons of different meals. Meals that contain enough flavor to overpower the veggies’ taste itself. Even if you can’t taste it, you’re stilling getting the antioxidants and nutrients that it provides.
The trick is to get creative. Find dishes that you love and look for ways to either mince or dice some beneficial veggies into it.
We find that most of our clients here at Compel fitness who use this method start getting used to within weeks. And then they start to enjoy their veggies! Imagine that.
If nothing else, making a smoothie is always a quick way to get the veggies you need.
Wrapping Up Your Veggies
Most people need to find ways to get more essential nutrients every day with veggies.
It’s a simple, easy, and natural way to become healthier and reach your health and fitness goals faster.
You don’t have to be a raging fan of vegetables, but it’s important to find ways to get them into your system.
They help you to avoid adverse health effects while giving you the fuel to be at your best when you want to be.
And in the end, don’t we all want to be happy and healthy?
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