The condition of our gut impacts our health from head to toe. God’s pharmacy for a healthy gut includes a variety of vegetables. Vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and anti-inflammatory compounds that promote healthy digestion and are associated with lower risks of heart disease, cancer, obesity, and constipation.
Variety is key. Each color and type of vegetable brings something unique to the table, with its own special health benefits. So many of us eat the same two or three types of vegetables over and over.
Eat more vegetables challenge:
Add more veggies to your diet. Start with one daily serving more than you eat now.
Eat a wider variety of veggies. Make a list of veggies that you like but don’t usually buy. Make another list of veggies that you would be willing to try. Add one new veggie a week.
Eat a variety of colorful veggies.
Aim to eat twice as many non-starchy as starchy vegetables.
Eat some raw and some cooked. Keep pre-washed salad greens on hand and a supply of frozen vegetables ready to grab for quick meals.
Eat seasonal produce and refer to the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Lists for which ones that are best to buy organic.
Need more help? Check out my Eat to be Healthy Program that includes a Guide to a Rainbow of Nutrients, The Healthy Plate Meal Planner Guide that shows you how to make half your plate non-starchy vegetables, two weeks of sample menu plans, and a 16-page recipe book.
Keep Learning to be Healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.