It is the start of a new month and today marks the annual World Vegetarian Day. This worldly holiday is observed around the planet and celebrates the North American Vegetarian society that was established back in 1977. The society’s mission is to “promote the joy, compassion, and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.” October also begins the start of Vegetarian Awareness month.
I have been mistaken as a vegetarian and often joke that people equate healthy with being vegetarian. However, this is not always the case. I have met some unhealthy vegetarians in my life. They tend to eat a lot of processed vegetarian foods with very little vegetables.
While I am not a vegetarian, I agree with the society’s mission and also am an advocate for people to eat more plant foods. Incorporating more vegetables into my diet has done wonders for my overall well being. Even if you are not a vegetarian you will gain a lot of benefits from eating more vegetables on a daily basis.
Getting an adequate amount of vegetables is not something a lot of people do now-a-days. Between working long hours, family commitments, and social engagements people are not eating at home like they used to in the past. This leaves people rushing around looking for something that will be tasty and fast. And thanks to the conveniences of modern society it tends to be fast food that is usually low in nutrient rich vegetable and high in sugar, unhealthy fat leaving people starving for more.
I cannot say that it is all bad, I definitely see an improvement in food options now when I go out to eat. There are a lot more vegetable options at major chain restaurants. The thing is that people have to choose to have these foods otherwise they will not reap the benefits that they get from them.
I see a lot of kids and adults who do not get enough vegetables in their diet. They are strapped for time and the places they are eating have few vegetable options. Or they do not know to think to add any veggies to their diet because it is not what they grew up with or hate the way they taste because they never had a good seasoned vegetable.
I recommend clients to getting 6 to 7 servings of vegetables a day. This may sound like a lot but it really is doable if you break it down into each meal. A serving of veggies consists of the following:
- ONE cup of leafy green veggies like kale, spinach, & arugula (size of a small fist)
- ONE 1/2 cup for all other vegetables (size of a billiard ball)
So if you add 2 veggies to each meal that will get you to the 6 servings. When you weigh it out it really is not as bad as it sounds.
So how can you add more vegetables to your diet? Learning how to season and prepare veggies to be palatable is key to consuming more. Check out my veggie recipes on how to learn to make veggies taste great!
If you feel like you are not getting enough vegetables in your diet I challenge you to join my tri-annual Veggie Challenge! Sign up below for the chance to win some great spices to make your veggies taste great!