June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month, and the goal is to increase awareness of the importance of incorporating more fruits and vegetables daily into everyday lifestyles. However, June 17th is National Eat Your Vegetable Day; the focus here is primarily on the intake of more plant-based meals in one’s diet. No matter which way one looks at it, the theme of healthy eating is quite prevalent this June, so if you have not had an opportunity to engage with eating healthier this month, won’t you please start today. Veggies are not too far from you, seek and you will surely find.
To inspire you to take part in the beautiful, healthy day and nutritionally jammed pack month, we encourage you to use this hashtag #EatYourVegetablesDay today on social. Also, think about adding more vegetables to your daily diet; it is not an arduous task, and the benefits are enormous. Start with three servings a day and work your way up to five or more if you are new plant-based living. You can do this, you go this.
7 Reasons to eat vegetables:
a. Most vegetables are low in calories. What this means is that most plants-based veggies have less than 50 calories from one serving; some like spinach, watercress, and celery have less than ten calories. One can quickly fill up on them fast and not worry about packing on too many extra pounds.
a. Vegetables are in the fresh, frozen, and canned sections of most markets, and depending on the season, many can begin to grow a garden full of items one enjoys to eat. Moral of the story there is no reason for anyone to not get their servings of vegetables in this day in age; there is an abundance of veggies everywhere.
a. One of the most encouraging things about vegetables is the fact that they are full of fiber. They make one full faster, and because of the water content in many, releasing from the body after absorbing all the nutrients occur rather quickly. Artichokes, beets, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, spinach and the likes offer an abundance of fiber in each serving. Fiber is quite helpful in not only circulating toxins out of the body, but (LDL) the bad cholesterol too.
a. Many vegetables are full of high water content, which allows them to circulate in and out of the body fast. Proper hydration intake is essential because it helps the body to eliminate and avoid constipation, which can be quite uncomfortable.
5. Reduce inflammation
a. Leafy greens such as collards, kale, spinach, to name a few, are packed antioxidants and polyphenols that protect the body from inflammation with its compounds. The fact that veggies alone reduce inflammation and the majority of American’s are walking around inflamed means some serious though may need to be looked at into consuming more vegetables.
6. Vitamins & Minerals
a. The leafy greens have vitamins A, C, K, and minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. Consuming a plant-based diet will provide people with all the nutritious vitamins and minerals they need to survive. No one has to go around in search of synthetic supplements if they eat a diet filled with all the proper nutrients they need in it.
a. You just wake up each and every day with more energy when you consume vegetables than when you don't. Take a 10 day challenge of consuming 5+ servings of vegetables a day for 10 days and see how much more vibrant you will feel. Even if you eat meat, you will surely notice a difference. Give more veggies a chance to show you how it fuels your body very well.
In conclusion, there is an abundance of vegetables in the farmer’s markets, supermarkets, big box stores or those that can be grown in the comfort of one’s home. From the backyard to the windowsill, there is room for vegetables to take a more prominent role in just about anyone’s life who has not jumped on the bandwagon with the multitude of benefits that are offered by taking in more vegetables into one’s life. From cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, broccoli, garlic, the list is endless there is so much to choose from, and you can’t go wrong so give it a try.