Getting In My Veggies

by Stephanie on June 26, 2012 · 6 comments

in Food & Nutrition

It is hard to get back into the habit of eating vegetables once I’m out of it.  They don’t sound good and they don’t satisfy me.  I know if I stick with it for a few weeks my body will get used to them and even start craving them, but getting there is tough.

I’ve been working on getting more veggies in lately and there is one thing that has been working for me.  It all comes down to one sentence.

EAT THE VEGETABLES FIRST.

It sounds simple and it is, but for some reason I don’t naturally do it.  Typically I will have vegetables as a side dish to some yummy main course.  The problem is when I go to load up my plate.  Often I take more of the main course than I should (or go back for seconds) and fill up on that instead of the vegetables.  One epic fail of a dinner last week saw me make a vegetable only to not eat any of it.

To counter this, I’ve been focusing on eating at least one solid serving of vegetables before the main course.  Sometimes I will eat them while making the rest of my meal.  If I’m just making something quick and easy like a sandwich I will eat my veggies and then make the rest.  When I pack a lunch I make sure I eat the veggies I packed first.

This strategy still takes some discipline (and by that I mean actually eating veggies instead of chips before the meal) but it has been working for me for, I think, a number of reasons.

1)      It puts the focus on the veggies.  If I’m thinking about them, I’m more likely to eat them.

2)     The veggies aren’t competing with other yummy food from the meal.  It’s the only thing I grab/make for myself at that time.

3)     I don’t have to worry about the veggies not satisfying my hunger or taste buds because I know the rest of my meal is coming soon.

4)     It fills me up with healthy, lower calorie food so I don’t overeat the main course.

It’s a silly little thing, but my sometimes those can make a difference.  I know once my body adapts to all the veggies I won’t have to trick myself into eating them.  Right now I’ll do what I can to make it easier though!

How do you get in your veggies?

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Faith @ For the Health of It June 26, 2012 at 6:48 AM

I try to pair the veggies with something a little more extravagant so they seem like more a treat. A horseradish aioli always makes roasted peppers and mushrooms sound appealing, and sriracha mayo makes me dig into my broccoli and bok choy. Cheesey sauces or caramelized onion dip is always a winner too – and a little bit goes a long way in making the veggies more appealing!

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Stephanie June 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

That’s great advice! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to have to look for some yummy dips and sauces to try!

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Jen from the block June 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I have a Vitamix and I juice daily! I also make gazpacho soup, petect for the hot months and loaded with veggies.

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Stephanie June 28, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I have a Vitamix too! I use it for smoothies but I’ve never tried juicing vegetables. I’ll have to experiment with that!

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Jen from the block June 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I make a daily smoothie of spinach (or kale or chard), an apple, banana and pear with water. It’s so yummy! If I want a more ‘cleansing’ one I’ll do some type of greens with cucumber, grapes, water and a slice of lemon with rind. It’s very spa-like and light. Perfect for summer.

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Jen Kline Clark June 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I get veggies throughout the day in a couple of ways. I make them yummy. I put a little olive oil, salt & pepper on a big dish of whatever is in the fridge and roast them for 30 minutes. I prep and slice when I get home from the grocery store (on good days) so that they are easy to grab. And I make veggie purees that I put into lots of recipes. Using the sneaky chef purees, you can put veggies into most any dish. My fav (spinach, broccoli and peas steamed then pureed), can be put into pasta sauce, lasagnas, or frozen into ice cubes and used in smoothies. Check out my website where women team up to slim down (and win cash prizes).

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