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I know, I sound like your mother/grandmother/naggy babysitter. “No dessert until you eat your veggies!” Trust me, I’ve been there, but not how you think. Unlike the rest of my peers, the veggies were often the first thing to be gone off my dinner plate. However, my brothers didn’t share my same love for them and I had to wait until they ate theirs before I could have dessert. Not fair, right? For some reason, I was one of those weird, awkward tots who just LOVED her vegetables. Whether they were covered in cheese, butter or served plain, I gobbled them right up. Oh, and if you want just another reason to gawk at me, I also loved brussel sprouts. I used to get extra helpings at my elementary school. I know, I know. What a freak.
Even though we’re all adults here, I still know plenty of people who classify mashed potatoes as a vegetable serving. Yes, a potato is a vegetable, but drown it in butter, milk and gravy and it sort of defeats the whole purpose. Instead of harking on what counts and what doesn’t, I’m just going to give you the facts.
- A diet rich in vegetables will lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Fruits and vegetables are effective in lowering blood pressure.
- The fiber in vegetables reduce constipation and bloating and can prevent intestinal damage and diverticulosis.
- Eating veggies will help your eye sight and prevent common eye diseases like macular degeneration.
- Vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories, which help with weight loss and weight maintenance efforts.
So today, during lunch, hit the salad bar for a delicious meal that will not only prevent many health complications, like cardiac arrest and macular degeneration, but will fill you up and keep you full until dinner! Click here for a super easy cranberry & feta salad!