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Why we should eat more vegetables

Updated: May 26, 2021

Most people just don’t eat enough vegetables.


Vegetables are a key source of fibre which is essential for gut health. They also contain glorious Phytonutrients, natural chemicals or compounds produced by plants, which have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory function. And they’re full of vitamins and minerals. What’s not to love?


The Statistics clearly show that people who eat more vegetables are at a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and chronic illness.


So if you’d like to look after your health now and for years to come, it’s time to start eating more of the good stuff!


Tips to eat more Vegetables

  • Aim to fill half the plate with vegetables at at each meal

  • Make cooking easy and use a steamer, layer the veg up depending on cooking times

  • Use a large attractive serving bowl, we eat with our eyes and if your vegetables look good this will help

  • Choose a variety of different coloured vegetables for each meal, not only will this feed a wider range of good gut bacteria, it will also look great on the plate

  • Have a daily smoothie and aim for 50-75% vegetables such as spinach, kale - eating a large quantity of vegetables in the morning is an amazing start to the day

  • Swap out some meat for vegetables, for example if you’re making a ragu, cottage pie, or curry, use less meat and add some lentils or beans

  • Try a weekly vegetable challenge – aim to incorporate 30 different types of vegetables into your diet, different colours count as different veg so red, yellow and green peppers = x3

  • Buy good quality organic vegetables as these will taste so much better

  • Consider a weekly veg box delivery

  • Snack on vegetables during the day, such as humous with raw carrots and celery, kale chips, crunchy mange tout

  • Keep some frozen veg in – add to a soup, curry or stew for the last 5 minutes of cooking

  • Have a “Meat free” day at least once a week

  • Buy a new vegetarian or vegan cookbook to inspire you

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Enjoy Feeding Yourself Well!

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