If you locked 100 doctors, dietitians, nutritionist, strength coaches and naturopaths in a room and told them they couldn’t come out until they agreed on one nutritional strategy, that strategy would probably be eating more veggies.
You don’t have to have degree in nutritional science to understand how important vegetables are. Remember when you were a child listening to your parents urge you to “eat your veggies” before you could have dessert or play. The notion of veggie consumption is entrenched into our psyche. Despite all that, we still struggle to get enough.
In my Body Comp Challenges vegetable consumption is an integral part of the Foundation Phase. I encourage clients to consume 6-8 servings of vegetables a day and work with them on strategies to make it happen.
The key to vegetable consumption is convenience and taste. When clients understand HOW to prepare vegetables so they’re easy to consume and taste delicious they are more apt to eat them.
Here are a couple simple and effective tips to improve your vegetable consumption:
1. Prepare a big salad you can eat throughout the week.
Big salads are an easy way to consume a large variety of fresh, raw vegetables. Start with finely chopped dark leafy greens and add as many chopped veggies as possible: Tomatoes, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, artichokes, red onions, celery, etc. Toss the salad to mix contents. Package in separate containers, add small amounts of your favorite dressing just before eating. Add the lean protein of your choice on top for a perfectly balanced meal.
2. Add a Green Powder to your Workout Shakes
Green powders, while not a substitute for eating real food, are a super-easy way to get approximately 20 servings of fruits and vegetables in a flash. I personally add Wellness Greens to my post workout shake, not only for nutrient content, but also for it’s exceptional flavor. The Kiwi Strawberry mixes nicely with vanilla whey If your protein is chocolate the Mocha Wellness Greens are a fantastic option.
I suggest carrying a blender bottle with approximately 40-50g of whey and a scoop of Wellness Greens with you at all times. That way if you don’t have food on hand or are not on track to hit your calorie/protein goal, you can down it in a pinch.
For more tips and strategies like this join any of my three Body Comp Challenges (Spring, Summer, Fall).