A Post About Eating Your Vegetables by Cape Town Personal Trainer JP Steyl BA (SRES)
If you have ever grown a baby marrow plant, you know how prolific they can be. One day you are excitedly admiring your plant and its itty-bitty baby marrows, and the next day you have cricket ball bat-sized monsters out there threatening your children! Few people can eat the number of baby marrows that even a few plants produce. And those who live in the country know to keep their car doors locked in the summer, lest someone come and load up their car seats with it!
But before you run to your neighbor’s porch with your extra baby marrow, take a moment to consider how many servings of veggies you eat each day. It is best to shoot for 7-9 servings a day. How are you doing? Chances are you have a hard time eating as many as you should.
But it is worth the effort to get enough veggies into your diet each day. Why? Because they are essential for robust health.
The nutrition in vegetables is simply unmatched. They contain hundreds of different phytonutrients that can prevent cancer, boost your energy, improve your immune system and even help to ward off dementia! You neglect these nutritional powerhouse foods at your own peril.
If you would like to include more fruits and vegetable in your diet, consider the following tips:
- Plan ahead. Don’t wait until mealtime to prepare vegetables. If five o’clock rolls around and you are starving, you are not going to want to take 30 minutes to prepare vegetables for supper; you will reach for unhealthy, convenience foods. The solution? Make eating vegetables convenient by keeping a supply of them in your fridge–washed, cut up and ready to eat!
- Experiment with new recipes. Eating the same vegetables over and over again gets boring. Your taste buds enjoy different flavors. Change it up a bit to renew your interest in veggies.
- Drink your veggies! You can drink a lot more veggies than you can eat, and their nutrition is immediately available to you when you drink the juice.
- Sneak them in. Play around with stealth veggies. Add a handful of spinach to your protein shake. You will never know it’s there!
In honor of Sneak Some Baby marrow onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, try the following low carb and gluten-free recipe:
Grilled Baby marrow Pizza with Goat Cheese
1 large baby marrow, cut into 1cm rounds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped roasted red pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
60g shredded mozzarella cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
2. Brush one side of each baby marrow round with olive oil; brush the opposite side with pizza sauce. Evenly divide red onion, roasted red pepper, mushrooms, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic, and Italian seasoning over each baby marrow round.
3. Grill baby marrow pizzas over preheated grill until baby marrow is tender, about 10 minutes.
Amount Per Serving Calories: 317 | Total Fat: 20.5g | Cholesterol: 41mg
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