Easy Ways To Eat Your Veggies {Greens Included!}

Unbeknownst to me, there are {adult} people who've been lurking... hiding behind coffee cups and sugar-y sweet donuts... maybe the occasional piece of fruit... who don't eat at least one veggie every.single.day. {Insert glass-shattering shriek}. How is this possible?! 

Looking back, way way back, I also wasn't much of a veggie eater. The horror! I just didn't know anything about nutrition. Growing up, our veggies were potatoes or something from a can, you know, like GMO corn that my mom lovingly sprinkled {ok, dumped} sugar on. The hard, processed white stuff. We thought mushroom pizza was a good, healthy dinner with all of the food groups rolled into one delicious triangle of goodness. 

So, how did I get to where I am now? I eat such a variety of fresh and tasty veggies, it's hard to pinpoint exactly when I made that shift to a plant-based diet. All I can attribute it to is baby steps. These big, sweeping changes do not happen overnight or all at once. Suddenly you simply start deciding, "Hey self, I'd like to make my lunch a big salad today." And word of caution, if you do decide to majorly overhaul your diet at once, it's met with much resistance from your mind (crankiness, stress) and body (bloating, gas). Why not set yourself up for success and aim to sprinkle in some veggies into what you're already eating? {No, carrot cake does not count}

To help you do this, I plan to post a veggie tip right here on the daily for you for the month of March. Just a little snippet, maybe a simple, little recipe, a little info about why you'd want to eat this veggie. I encourage you to do this for the entire month and keeping track in a food journal or just the "notes" app on your iPhone. At the end of the month, see if you're feeling any better, see if this small change created a shift in your body and mind to crave more goodness, see if maybe a couple stubborn lb.'s melted off or maybe your digestion has improved. Write it all down. It'll be a fun and tasty experiment. I recommend purchasing a blender if you do not have one. I started out with a cheap hamilton bay one from Walmart back in the day and it did a good enough job. 

And I'll leave you with this tasty and fresh recipe for a Strawberry Spinach Salad. 

My strawberry and spinach salad from Vapiano's. Easy to recreate at home. Even tastier actually.

My strawberry and spinach salad from Vapiano's. Easy to recreate at home. Even tastier actually.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

{Use organic and local when possible}

Spinach {unlimited}

4 Good-Sized Strawberries {but really, as many as you want} 

Cucumber {unlimited... skin on if organic}

1/2 Avocado

1 tbsp Walnuts 

1/2 Lemon juiced

To make dressing: In a food processor, blend up 2 strawberries, half of your 1/2 avocado, lemon juice. Add small bit of water if necessary to get things moving.

To make salad: Place greens in a good size bowl. Coat leaves with dressing. Add in remaining avocado, strawberries, cucumber and walnuts. Feel free to add in responsibly-raised meat like grilled chicken to make it a heartier meal. Or quinoa. Have fun with it and enjoy! 

*If you do not have a food processor, no problem. Either use one of those blender stick things like you can use for soup or just mash the avocado, strawberries and lemon juice with a fork. Chunky is still good for this salad.