Woohoo! Happy March 1st! I hope you're pumped about starting Veggie Heavy March with me where the goal is to add more veggies into your daily meals for the whole month and hopefully beyond! It's the easiest, yummiest challenge you can take on as you won't be giving up anything just adding in yummy, crisp and fresh veggies to food you already plan on eating. Easy peasy, right?
This small change may seem insignificant but step back and look at the big picture. If you manage to add veggies into each meal you already eat, let's assume that's 3 meals/day, you're looking at an additional 93 servings of vegetables by month's end!!! That's huge! Imagine what 93 servings of nutrient-packed, natural goodness will do for your mind and body. You're sure to experience everything from increased energy to clearer skin. Amazing, right? Small changes add up to B I G results! So excited!
During this challenge, I hope you'll have fun exploring new recipes, eating to fuel your body and finding new veggies you may have never even tried before. I encourage you to keep a little journal, whether it be online, on your smartphone or good old fashion pen to paper, and write a quick note about:
- What you're eating
- How did it taste? (Flavor, texture)
- What thoughts came up while eating it
- How did you feel after eating it
- Would you eat it again
This should be a FUN challenge. If at any time it starts to feel like a chore or makes you stressed out, take a step back. Think about why these emotions might be popping up. What is causing the resistance? Write it down if you'd like. Then take a deep breath and remember why you want to add more goodness to your current diet. Do you want to feel more energy? Set a good example for your children? Feel better mentally? Treat your body well? Lose some stubborn extra weight? What does this challenge mean to you? Think about it, recenter and then try again. There's no rush, no pressure, it's all here waiting for you when you're ready. And I'm always here to help, so reach out!
I think it would be really fun to do this as a community. It's always more fun to have a go at something new with a friend and other like-minded people. So, if you use social media, I'd love to have you engage with me and others on Instagram, Facebook and in the comments section of the blog below each post. Use hashtag #veggieheavymarch @pb_n_julie when posting your completed recipes, a new veggie you can't wait to try or maybe by the end of the challenge, your grocery basket is full of beautiful, vibrant veggies... take a picture of that! And if you decided to invest in your health, so you purchased a new blender to make green smoothies because you're ready to feel even more amazing every.single.day... take a picture! Mark your success. Make yourself proud! And share it with the PB&Julie community.
To get you started, day one of the challenge is to Make It Easy. Go to your favorite grocery store and pick up pre-washed (organic/local preferably) greens and pre-cut veggies. Pick out what looks best to you. I'm certain pretty food tastes better. In fact, I was just in Whole Foods (surprise for those of you that know me ;)) and they had light purple cauliflower. I normally don't buy cauliflower very often but it was just so pretty I couldn't say no. So I picked up a pre-cut pack along with pre-cut broccoli and roasted them for dinner. They were amazing and my little guy loved the fun colors so much, he asked for seconds!!!
Now, take what you got and add it to what you already planned on eating for the day. Having eggs? Sauté some of that pre-washed spinach you just picked up with halved cherry tomatoes in that hot fry pan and eat in alongside your sunny side up main. Eat some baby carrots with your pb&j sammy at lunch. Pasta for dinner? No problem. Steam up some cauliflower, blend it up and add it to your pasta sauce to make it nice and creamy while up-ing your fiber and nutrient intake subtly and seamlessly.
What are you waiting for? Let's get this Veggie Heavy March started! :)