Want to look and feel better? Want to improve your athletic performance? Well then, you need to eat more vegetables! And we know just the Cincinnati & Kentucky food prep service that can help you do just that!
Being told to “eat your veggies” is nothing new. From our earliest days of eating solid foods, we are told that if we want to “be healthy,” we need to “eat our veggies.” We know that eating our vegetables can help us ward off sickness and disease, can help us fight cancer, and can keep us “regular” with their fiber content. But knowing this, we still don’t eat our veggies. Studies show that only 8.9% of Americans are eating enough vegetables. So what gives? We KNOW vegetables are good for us yet we still don’t eat them. Maybe we just need more convincing. Here are 5 benefits of eating vegetables that maybe you didn’t know about:
1) Veggies make us more attractive
Because veggies are high in water and contain carotenoids pigments they make our skin “glow.” These elements render our skin more “rosy” and “glowing.” Lots of vegetables are also known for their anti-aging benefits keeping our skin firm and fighting off wrinkles. So not only will veggies improve our health, but they will also help us look good too!
2) Veggies help us lose weight
Some research shows that lowering our net carbs and eating more fiber can help us lose weight, and since many veggies contain fiber, veggies can help us shed pounds! We know that fiber keeps us going to the bathroom regularly, but fiber also helps us suppress our appetites and makes us feel full longer so we don’t go snacking on stuff we shouldn’t. So, if we are eating less but feeling full AND going to the bathroom regularly, we have a greater chance of losing weight.
3) Veggies help us flatten our bellies
Although it’s true that some veggies might create a bloated belly, MOST veggies actually DON’T cause bloat because they contain fiber. As mentioned before, fiber keeps us going to the bathroom and that helps us flush out waste and gastric irritants that cause constipation thereby keeping our digestive tract moving. Vegetables can also flatten our bellies by reducing bloating caused by salt. It’s no secret that the typical American diet is high in salt. Vegetables are high in potassium and water which helps flush excess sodium out of the body thereby reducing water retention which can cause bloating.
4) Veggies help us feel less stressed
We probably cannot avoid stress in our fast-paced lives, but we can find ways to reduce the impact stress can have on our bodies. Vegetables contain B vitamins and Vitamin C along with omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to fight anxiety and depression. Some vegetables also contain potassium and magnesium which some studies show can calm you on the inside by relaxing blood vessels and keeping your blood pressure down. And then there is fiber (starting to see a pattern?) which keeps blood sugar levels stable preventing dips in your energy levels and swings in your moods.
5) Veggies improve our athleticism
Want to be a better athlete? Then eat some veggies! Vegetables help boost energy levels but some specific vegetables (like beetroot juice, tomato juice, and watercress) have also been shown to boost endurance and speed up recovery. “One study ‘found that drinking 16 ounces of organic beetroot juice daily for six days helped men cycle up to 16 percent longer than they did with a placebo beverage…Meanwhile 100 percent tomato juice has been found to reduce exercise-induced stress on the body by as much as 84 percent’” (https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/05/02/benefits-eating-vegetables.aspx).
So, if you want to look better (think glowing skin, thinner bodies, flatter tummies) and feel better (think less stress and better moods), and perform better (think running, cycling, swimming) then you NEED to eat more veggies. That’s why at Prepped Girl (a Cincinnati & Kentucky food prep service) we make sure that most of our meals incorporate veggies. We do things like adding sweet potatoes and red pepper and mushrooms to our easily transportable egg muffins. Like adding carrots and celery to our chicken salad. Like serving up tasty, nutritious salads. We know you NEED to eat veggies and you WANT them to be easy and tasty.
Head over to www.preppedgirl.com to see what’s on the menu this week!