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Add Fruits And Veggies To Your Diet

Countless scientific studies have shown that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can decrease your risk of diseases such as stroke, heart disease and some cancers. That’s because plants contain vitamins, minerals and many other compounds that enhance our bodies’ ability to stay healthy.

What makes veggies and fruits even more appealing are that they help you lose weight without feeling hungry. Why? Except for a handful of starchy vegetables like potatoes, peas and corn, most vegetables have a very low energy density. Which means you can (and should!) eat very large amounts of veggies without all the calories.

Serve yourself at least 1 cup of non-starchy veggies to help with portion control. You’ve probably heard that portion control is the key to weight loss. Eat less, weigh less! While that may be true for energy dense foods like starches and fats, when it comes to veggies, more really is better.

Start at least one meal per day with a large salad. Have at least 2 cups of greens and top it with tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers and any other veggie that you like. Measure out 2 tablespoons of low-fat dressing or 1 tablespoon of regular dressing. You will likely discover that you won’t feel the need to eat as much for the rest of your meal.

If you’re feeling the midday munchies, grab some cherry tomatoes, carrots, green or red peppers, cauliflower, broccoli or celery sticks. Dip them in hummus or pair with a piece of low-fat cheese for a crunchy, healthy and satisfying snack.

Making veggies the star of your diet will not only keep you feeling full longer, but also make your diet healthier. Do you have any fun veggie recipes to share? I welcome new ways to incorporate veggies in my meals!

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