Our bodies need veggies and we need to have them in our diet. From pregnancy through the end of life, veggies are part of the building blocks of nutrition and optimal health. Many of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals we need to support our bodily functions and prevent disease come from our diet. Eating a wide variety of veggies covers many bases and keeps us healthy and vibrant.
Parents set the tone in the household for how many and what types of veggies make the cut to the dinner table. Having a good attitude and open mind about veggies is key to setting a good example and enjoying the unlimited options for preparation. It is important to have a variety of veggies in your family’s diet and there are many ways to expand those options, including:
• Exploring new ways to cook the veggies you love
• Discovering new varieties of veggies you’ve never tried
• Changing your mind about veggies you thought you didn’t like
• Learning the health benefits of various veggies
• Encouraging your family to embrace the variety of veggies available
Eating the rainbow.
Veggies come in nearly every color of the rainbow. From the deepest purple of a Japanese eggplant, to the brightest orange of a wholesome carrot, all the way to the dark green of a brussels sprout, the colors are awesome and enticing. The key to optimal health is eating a variety of color each day. It doesn’t take much to get the recommended serving of most veggies and mixing and matching is part of the fun. Therefore, you can mix them up to have a better experience.
Setting a Good Example.
The love of veggies is modeled at home from the earliest age. What is prepared and offered, how it is cooked, and the attitudes of parents about the veggies have a huge influence on how children learn to love them. If parents don’t have a good relationship with their veggies, they will transfer that attitude to their kids. If you or your family have a hard time with eating enough variety, it might be important to sneak some high-quality veggies into their diets and offer them the benefits without the fuss.
Understanding the benefits of, preparing, and enjoying veggies is an important part of a family’s health. Veggies are consumed and enjoyed on an equal basis, if your family isn’t open to certain veggies, it doesn’t mean they are off limits and you can find unique ways to use veggies in foods they already love and won’t notice you’ve enhanced in healthy ways. In conclusion, when you include veggies in your family daily meals, your overall health will improve.