Regardless of age ladies, our bodies need veggies. From pregnancy through the end of life, veggies are part of the building blocks of nutrition and optimal health. Many of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals we need to support our bodily functions and prevent disease come from our diet. Eating a wide variety of veggies covers many bases and keeps us healthy and vibrant, so that you can keep your business, career, and family in tip top shape.
Ladies, it’s up to you to set the tone in the household for how many and what types of veggies make the cut to the dinner table. Having a good attitude and open mind about veggies, just like you do in business, is key to setting a good example and enjoying the unlimited benefits they have to offer. It is important to have a variety of veggies in your family’s diet and there are many ways to expand those options, including:
- Exploring new ways to cook the veggies you love
- Discovering new varieties of veggies, you’ve never tried
- Changing your mind about veggies you thought you didn’t like
- Learning the health benefits of various veggies
- Encouraging your family to embrace the variety of veggies available
Eating the rainbow
Veggies come in nearly every color of the rainbow. From the deepest purple of a Japanese eggplant, to the brightest orange of a wholesome carrot, all the way to the dark green of a brussels sprout, the colors are awesome and enticing. The key to optimal health is eating a variety of color each day. It doesn’t take much to get the recommended serving of most veggies and mixing and matching is part of the fun.
Setting a Good Example
The love of veggies is modeled at home from the earliest age. What is prepared and offered, how it is cooked, and your attitude about the veggies have a huge influence on how your family will learn to love them. Ladies, if you don’t have a good relationship with your veggies, you will transfer that attitude to your family. If you or your family have a hard time with eating enough variety, it might be important to sneak some high-quality whole food fruit and veggie supplements into their diets and offer them the benefits without the fuss. Juice plus is what I use and recommend to all my clients young and old. We have capsules for adults and soft chews for kids.
Understanding the benefits of, preparing, and enjoying veggies is an important part of a you and your families health. Ideally all veggies are consumed and enjoyed on an equal basis, but if your family isn’t open to certain veggies, it doesn’t mean they are off limits. You can find unique ways to use veggies in foods they already love and won’t notice you’ve enhanced in healthy ways.
Here’s an example: What You Can Do With Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is a healthy and nutritious vegetable that is in season during the fall and winter. It has a mild, yet nutty taste, so it can be used for a wide range of lunch and dinner meals. Just look at all these different ways you can use butternut squash in your meals.
Make Butternut Squash Banana Bread
The first recipe that is tasty and lower in fat is a banana bread that is made with butternut squash. When you use squash, you can replace the eggs and butter you were originally going to use, similar to when you use pumpkin in recipes. You then combine the other bread ingredients with the squash and the banana, add some spices, and put it in the oven. You have a healthier bread that is perfect for breakfast or as a side dish for lunch or dinner.
Cut it Up and Put it in Salads
Your butternut squash can also be used to put in any type of salad. There are harvest salads that combine a lot of fruits, vegetables, and nuts that are popular in the fall and also call for butternut squash. Spinach and kale are popular greens to have when you want a salad with butternut squash. Just add your squash to your greens, then any other fall veggies and fruits you think go together. The creaminess of the squash means you don’t need to add cheese and dressing if you don’t want to.
Make Chili or Soup
Both chili and soup taste delicious when you use butternut squash as a primary component. They are thick, creamy, and very healthy. For example, you can make a risotto that includes butternut squash, barley, rich seasonings, and even some pumpkin if you want to add that in as well. Another good soup option is making a stew with butternut squash and chickpea stew. If you want to make a chili, you can replace the meat with the squash, and have all the other usual vegetables and seasonings you like with your chili.
Bake Healthy chips
If you want healthy chips for the fall season, don’t use potatoes. Instead, you can use your butternut squash. You just need to slice it into thin slices like chips, season it, then bake it just like any other chips you make at home.
Ladies if you want your business or career to run better then you have to run better, and you do that by getting as many veggies in your diet as you can on a daily basis.