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Basic Roasted Veggies

Basic Roasted Veggies

This recipe is a simple, colorful, and nutritious side dish. Feel free to experiment with different kinds of veggies, herbs and spices for additional flavors but this combo is perfect to impress house guest or to spice up a meal. 

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Tips for National Fruits and Veggies Month

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June is national fruits and vegetables month. For vegans, fruits and veggies are our everyday sustenance. It is recommended by the USDA  to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day, with one serving being equivalent to ½-1 cup of raw or cooked veggies.

Fruits and veggies are important sources of essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, dietary minerals and carbohydrates. They are high in fiber and low in fat and calories. Eating these foods helps reduce the risk of certain diseases like heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, kidney stones and obesity. They also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which are antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties.   There are some vegetables that also contain fiber which is important for gastrointestinal function. Another benefit is the important nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.

This may be a good time to encourage the omnivores in our life to choose more fruits and vegetables this month. Here are 7 creative ways to get more fruits and veggies in your diet or the diets of your love ones:

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Learn to Love Veggies – The Oreo Method

oreo_cookieMaybe you aren’t ready to fully commit to a vegan lifestyle but you want to get more veggies in your diet. That’s admirable because  most Americans aren’t eating most vegetables? When I went vegan, I got a reality check as to how many vegetables I was missing out on in my old diet. Also, when going vegan, I realized that it’s really not about the food itself, it’s more about the taste, temperature, and texture that’s most appetizing to my taste buds. Knowing how you like to consume food within the 3 T’s will allow you to eat almost anything.

As an adult, you’ve probably made up your mind about the food you like and the food you don’t. Well there is a way to reprogram your taste buds, to allow yourself to try more vegetables and ultimately add them into your regular diet.

I was watching Dr. Oz a few weeks ago, and Dr. Mike Dow introduced a few strategies to reprogram your taste buds. Check out these foolproof strategies below to change the way you think about veggies:

The Oreo Method

If the taste of certain healthy foods is preventing you from consuming it, the oreo method may be right for you. The oreo method works by  biting into a food item you like, followed by the veggie you don’t like, and following that with the food you like. For example if you like nachos and dislike broccoli; you would take a bite of a nacho, immediately follow that up with a bite of broccoli, and then immediately follow that bite with another nacho.

Beginning and ending with a familiar food will help you associate the taste of the foods you don’t like with something delicious and comforting. This can be an effective strategy for kids that are picky eaters as well. The more you use this strategy, the more healthy food you will enjoy eating. Overtime you’ll get used to the veggie without the sweet or savory food to go with it.

 

For those who have more of an issue with temperature and texture, check out the tips below:

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