Two things come to mind when I consider a healthier lifestyle. The two most obvious, diet and exercise. I’ll pick one of these to start. In this post I will walk you through ways to start eating healthy that will ease us into good health.
Yup, that’s me. I can come up with any excuse possible to not eat a vegetable. But I push them on other people with no problem. When my granddaughter was a toddler I found sneaky ways to get vegetables into her diet. One thing I did was boil brocolli and use the water from it to put into her drinks. She never knew there was brocolli flavor in her chocolate milk. I would even put it in her oatmeal. Who knew there would be a cookbook with recipes doing that very same thing!
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This is what is ironic about me having planted vegetable juice in her drinks, now she loves brocolli and eats it like candy. So my efforts were not futile in the least.
For me, vegetables just aren’t convenient enough. They need washing and chopping and more importantly, they need dip! So you see where my dilemma lies. Yup, I’m lazy when it comes to food. But remember, if you have read my post Manifest Your Story you already know I’m not a foodie. Food preparation isn’t my forte. Not to mention the time it takes to eat a salad compared to putting down some toast with peanut butter and jelly. Salad prep and eating is time consuming.
While I plan to ease us into good health I had to finally realize it won’t be without any effort at all on my part. I have a tendency to go all in when it comes to ideas about change. My past is filled with things I have tried and not necessarily failed at, but just didn’t follow through with. For example, I have tried to be a vegetarian. I do good for a couple days (yes, you are reading that right) but I quickly fall off the wagon. Meanwhile I have a refrigerator full of vegetables I don’t end up eating. And no meat in the house! What would I do different this time? What could I do to create an obtainable goal? And then I realized, I need to take baby steps. Stop going all in like it’s all or nothing. So that’s what I did.
Fast forward to now
So ten days ago I had an epiphany. I finally came to realize it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Instead of going home and throwing out all the junk food and stocking the fridge with nothing but fruits and vegetables, I decided to not cut anything out. I decided to instead incorporate into my diet more healthy foods. The question was how would I do this. Afterall, I don’t like vegetables
Out came the Nutri-bullet!
3 ice cubes
One handful of spinach
One handful of Cilantro
One handful of Kale
One handful of Blueberries
Part of a red, yellow, or green pepper
Add water to fill half of the mixing cup
I was initially adding a whole apple. But the texture created by the apple was a real turn off. After I blend it all really well I sometimes add water to water it down. And then, I down it! I drink it all down without delay. The taste is not even bad. It’s the texture I can’t get past. That’s why I add a little more water sometimes. It goes down easier the thinner it is.
Why choose certain fruits and vegetables
My rule of thumb is the darker the vegetable the better it is for you. Dark leafy greens are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals. I’ll talk about each of them briefly.
One of the most nutrient-dense vegetables on our planet. It is rich in minerals, loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, particularly vitamins A, C and K.
Kale can lower cholesterol thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.
Rich in vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, iron and manganese. Spinach is good for eye health and can reduce blood pressure levels. If I’m going to eat leafy greens Spinach is going to be in the mix.
When you think leafy greens Cilantro probably isn’t what comes to mind for you. I for one love Cilantro. And once I realized it has health benefits, I thought, why not! I can appreciate the citrus like taste it offers.
Cilantro may be helpful by reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and seizure severity, as well as helping you maintain consistent energy levels throughout the day.
A good example of the darker the better. Blueberries are packed with good nutrition. They contain iron, phosphorous,calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K. All good for bone health.
Strawberries aren’t just for shortcake! They offer an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also contain decent amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and potassium. They are good for heart health and blood sugar control.
Peppers of all colors
They are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Bell Peppers also contain a high dose of fiber, folate, and iron.
Red peppers pack the most nutrients due to the length of time they remain on the vine
Eating raw vegetables is better than cooked vegetables. Cooking reduces the nutritional profile of the plant/vegetable.
In this post I have shown you ways to start eating healthy. You now know my smoothie recipe. I have decided to incorporate one smoothie a day into my life. So far it has been easy thanks to my Nutribullet.
I would love if you would leave a comment below and tell me if you have a favorite smoothie recipe. I am grateful you are here and I hope you’ll continue to join me on our journey to good health with ease.