Eat 7 Different Vegetables – Day 14 – Healthy Eating Challenge

Eat 7 Different Vegetables – Day 14 – Healthy Eating Challenge

Melissa Diver

Congratulations you have made the last day of the healthy eating challenge. How many challenges did you manage to complete? If you have been completing some (or hopefully many) how do you feel? With the slimming tea and daily improvements to your diet you should feel a lot better and slimmer as well. Last day now I expect everyone to be able to achieve perhaps one of the most difficult challenges of the program.

Today’s challenge sees us consuming 7 different vegetables. The reason behind this is because we want you to expand your culinary taste and add a vegetable or 2 you do not normally eat into your diet. Vegetables are the single most important food group for anyone looking to lose weight. They are low in calories unlike nuts, meats and seafood, low in sugars compared to fruits and contain more fibre, vitamins and minerals then whole grains.

We have looked at the benefits and a number of vegetables already in this challenge, you can see them here, here and here. But today is about eating 7 different vegetables so here are a few tips to help you succeed today:

1. Snack on raw vegetables throughout the day. There are plenty of excellent options but some of the most popular are: Cherry Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Button Mushrooms, Carrot Sticks, Celery Sticks, Snow Peas, Asparagus and Cucumber. You could probably hit all 7 just in snacking

 

2. Combine vegetables to keep them interesting. Salads are popular for a reason and they make an easy option to get a number of vegetables into your diet. If you can’t go all out on a salad or if its covered in dressing, then simply combine a few of the options above for an easy and mixed snack.


3. Did somebody say roast? A vegetable bake can have pretty much anything in it and seasoned with a little salt, garlic and olive oil is both healthy and delicious. You can throw in mushrooms, onions, potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, squash, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, capsicum, cauliflower, tomato and pretty much any vegetable you can think of.

 


4. Sneak them into other foods. This article gives 40 ways to sneak veggies into your meals. From adding broccoli and cauliflower to scrambled eggs to adding steamed diced vegetables to your spaghetti, there are countless ways you can sneak those vegetables into your diet.

That’s it. Once you complete today’s challenge you have completed the entire program. We will follow up tomorrow with what you should do now, but for today enjoy the moment, take stock at what you have achieved and hopefully you have created a few new healthy habits in your life.