Why Did I Take So Long to Eat My Veggies?
Seriously, like why?
For a long time I did not eat any vegetables (unless potatoes count). Now that I am about to turn 20, it that I realize that eating veggies is a big deal. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,
“A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check.”
We love junk food here at #FoodieSpace and if you check our social media, you will see a lot of it most of the time. But, we also care about our health so we can continue to stuff ourselves with more junk for a very long time. This is really important to me as someone who’s family history has diabetes, heart disease, low/high blood pressure, and more. This is even more important to me right now as I am turning 20 years old next year. So, I started doing research and of course I found a BuzzFeed list called “26 Most And Least Healthy Vegetables” (which you should go and check out) along with other great articles that I will share in this post so you all can check them out and inform yourselves.
I started eating my veggies not long ago. Like 2 years ago, but it was very minimal. I started with Popeye’s favorite, Spinach.
It was difficult for me at first to eat spinach because you are essentially eating leaves, but I learned to put spinach indirectly into my diet. How? I put them inside burritos, hamburgers, and I even stuff chicken with handfuls of spinach!
According to the BBC, Spinach “has always been regarded as a plant with remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood” and “the fact that it is rich in iron.”
Something we like to do at home is to put spinach in ground meat. You mix it up with some salt, pepper, Sazon, and Adobo (Goya of course). You let it brown for a while, and boom! You got a special combination for your tacos, empanadas, or even for lasagnas. To the left, you can see an example of how to implement spinach in your day-to-day diet without having to break the bank or use up a lot of your precious time of the day.
The second veggie I started eating that can be beneficial for you are onions.
According to an article on Live Science, Onions are great for your heart, immune system, digestion, and even to help prevent cancer. What I like to do is to dice them up and put them in different dishes. Soup, hamburgers, and a nice ropa vieja.
The latest source of vegetables I am getting into are peppers.
Peppers give a nice flavor to foods without having to put too much effort into it. I like to get a frozen bag of peppers and some pre-prepared grilled chicken (or grill some chicken myself) and stir it around with very little oil on a nice and hot pan. According to a document from the University of The District of Colombia, they are “high in vitamin C and are a source of beta carotene, potassium, folic acid, and fiber.”
That is pretty much all of the vegetables that I am currently eating at the moment. Now I must continue my journey of implementing more vegetables and exploring them in my daily life. What about you? Do you have any vegetables that you recommend? Share them below.
I hope this was a nice article and that I was able to teach something to all of you. Share your recommendations on Twitter and use #FoodieSpace and we will RT it.