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Note from Maria: I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health Degree in Nutrition from UNC at Chapel Hill. I have a passion for helping people with nutrition & wellness, especially moms. Women & moms provide care for everyone else often at the expense of considering their own needs. I hope to provide good resources to you to help you make nutrition and wellness a priority.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Veggie recipes

Many people do not eat enough vegetables. Non-starchy vegetables should really be about half of each meal, especially at lunch and dinner. This is especially true if you are trying to lose weight. Veggies are the ultimate "diet" food because they are high in fiber to make you feel full, low in calories and high in many nutrients our bodies need. I think that a lot of people don't know how to prepare them so they just skip the veggies. Here are some ideas to get your veggies in each day:

  • Smoothies -  throw a handful of spinach in a berry smoothie before blending, I promise you won't know it is in there!!
  • Eggs - make omelets and frittatas with lots of veggies such as spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and/or peppers.
  • Make a breakfast burrito with eggs, salsa and guacamole. 
  • Add veggies to your sandwiches or wraps.
  • Try having veggie soup or salad as your side instead of chips or fries. If you work away from home keep a low sodium soup such Healthy Choice vegetable soup at your office.
  • Snack on veggies such as carrots, cukes, squash/zucchini, grape tomatoes, broccoli, etc with hummus or low fat dip. Bolthouse Farms Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing  are both a great choices for dipping. 
Hope you find some ideas that you like to get your veggies in!!!

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