Knowledge Is Power || Why Should You Love Veggies?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Eating your veggies is one of the MOST important things you can do in your transformation process!

Remember when we talked a few weeks back about making those small promises to yourself to work on achieving those big goals, and we reviewed small changes you can make to clean up your diet? (Read about our Meal Plan Makeover: A Step-by-Step Guide to Un-Suck a Sucky Meal Plan).

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Incorporating more vegetables into your diet is a great way to start!

These power foods are full of fiber, which is great for the gut and great at helping you feel full, bulk up a meal, and give you extra snack options without adding any inches to that precious waistline!

Not only are non-starchy/non-root type vegetables considered a “free food” (meaning you can pretty much eat as much as you want without affecting your calorie bank!), but they’re jam-packed with all sorts of vitamins and nutrients that are going to help keep you feeling and looking your best! (Find out more health benefits of veggies in Eat Your Veggies!, and Go Green or Go Home! Top Tips For Sneaking In Those Veggies, and How Colorful Are Your Veggies?)

I feel like sometimes this food group gets a bad rep, but I’m telling you, with a little creativity, you can find some fast new favorite foods!

Fun Facts and My Favorite Veggie Recipes!

Since we’re focusing this month on learning all the information we possibly can about as MUCH as we can, I wanted to bring you a few fun facts you may or may not already know about some of my favorite veggies and give you some of our top family-friendly recipes that you can try at home!

Kale

Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables you can incorporate into your diet! Jam-packed full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, kale might be one of the most important green veggies we talk about today!

Did you know… a cup of kale contains more Vitamin C than a large orange?! This is a big one, ladies! Vitamin C is SO beneficial to our skin health and the aging process (think premature aging, sun damage, wrinkles, and sagging…NO THANKS!).

If you’re not big on the flavor of kale, you can always crumble it up and add it to your smoothies! Otherwise, try one of my all-time fave snacks: Baked Kale Chips!

Potatoes

I know most people associate potatoes with nothing-but-the-carbs, which isn’t entirely wrong. Vegetables do have carbs! It’s just that most “traditional” vegetables are typically lower in their carb content than potatoes. Potatoes are still vegetables, they’re just more of a starchy option, which is definitely A-Okay, especially in moderation! Red potatoes are actually considered a Smart Carb choice in carb cycling!

Did you know that there are more than 400 types of potatoes?! They range in various sizes, colors, and ultimately…health benefits! Now I’m not entirely sure our local grocery store carries 400 varieties of potatoes, but they DO stock up on sweet potatoes, which is a must-have around here.

Check out one of my personal favorite recipes for Sweet Potato Fries! A great option to clean up a classic fave!

Broccoli

I would be willing to bet that broccoli is one of the first vegetables that comes to mind when someone mentions the word “vegetable.” Am I right?!

You probably have some sort of memory that dates back to early childhood where you weren’t allowed to leave the dinner table until you rid your plate of these evil little tree-like creatures. Ha! You’re not alone. I think most of us can relate!

But I’m here to tell you once and for all that broccoli is SO GOOD. Yep, I’ve made my sweeping declaration. Broccoli is GOOD, and it’s here to stay!

Did you know that these small little leafy plants have MORE protein than steak? I’m being serious, guys. Breaking it down, calorie for calorie, a stalk of broccoli contains more protein than beef.

Now I’m not telling you to go out and replace all your filets with broccoli (unless you’re a vegetarian, you might already being doing this!), but if you’re looking for a low calorie option that’s full of substance? Broccoli may be your new go-to!

Check out a Powell family favorite recipe featuring broccoli: Ground Turkey Marina.

Go Green or Go Home!

No matter your beliefs about vegetables, the truth is, they are a MUST! And I promise you, guys, they don’t have to be boring! There are so many options for spicing up your veggies (like literally using spices and low-sugar sauces) that will add so much flavor to your meal while still reaping all those health benefits!

If you’re still not a fan, there are multiple ways you can sneak those nutrients into your diet without having to sacrifice your taste buds: blend them into a smoothie or sneak them into your Green Machine Pancakes.

Remember, friends! Baby steps are STILL progress!

What are some of your favorite veggies, and how do you prepare them?! I’d love to see what’s on your plate as you start your next meal prep!

xo,
Heidi

PS: Remember when I said sweet potatoes are our absolute faves? I wasn’t kidding. 😉 Check out these amazing sweet potato recipes!

Kale Sweet Potato Salad
Sweet Potato Pancakes
Rocco’s Sweet Potato + Chocolate Truffle!
Sweet Potato Soufflé
Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes


24 Comments

  1. Sandrine Cosson - August 17, 2018

    Love veggies !

  2. Jackie Kalinowski - August 16, 2018

    Love veggies! Thank you for this!!

  3. Maryse - August 16, 2018

    i like veggies but I tend to always eat the same .. and I am intolerant to broccoli 🙄 . thamks for the ideas though . luv your blog !😉

  4. Jaime Toscano - August 16, 2018

    My daughters will always choose Veggies when wanting a snack. They love raw cucumbers and bell peppers. I need to start being more like my children. Thank you for the tips. You and your family are so much fun to follow. Thank you for the life you live and spreading all the the knowledge you have learned along the way.

  5. Kristin Straumann - August 16, 2018

    I LOVE veggies! The only problem in this house is getting the teenage boys (and husband) to eat their veggies. They only seem to like corn and potatoes… getting the greens in is tricky!

  6. Paula - August 16, 2018

    Commenting for the contest but I do read your blogs, posts and everything else that you do. You and Chris are very motivational and I love how you incorporate your family into your posts. My fav veggie is zucchini and then broccoli! Thanks for taking the time away from your family to inspire all of us!

  7. Denise Cruz - August 15, 2018

    I love following Team Powell on Instagram. I would love to go green at home, but how do i get my teenager to eat more veggies. I try to explain the importance but she still doesn’t like the texture and tastes. Mother and daughter wanting to make healthier choices. Any advice I would deeply appreciate. Wish us luck on the contest

    • Team Powell - August 16, 2018

      Hi Denise: This can definitely be a tough one! Maybe have her choose her veggies and tell her she just has to try them. Try prepping them different ways so the texture will be different. Does she do salads? Those can be an awesome way to get in veggies, and the possibilities are endliess! 🙂

  8. Sherry Coontz - August 15, 2018

    Learning how to eat better is by far the hardest thing to do and these helped me so much i will be eati g more vegetables for sure love this post keep them coming

  9. Joanne - August 15, 2018

    I eat a lot of vegetables and some meats, but go through phases where I am off meats all together. I’m slowly learning the benefits of different vegetables, but I’m wondering if there’s some I should avoid with weightloss? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks for the receipts 💗

    • Team Powell - August 16, 2018

      Hi Joanne! In our meal plans, the non-root/non-starchy veggies are “free,” and you can add them to any meal/eat them at any time. For the other types of veggies, we count them as carbs. Learn more about the basics of our carb cycling program here: https://heidipowell.net/2713. 🙂

  10. Dina - August 15, 2018

    Working on increasing my veggie intake! Thanks for the great info and recipes. I’m going to try the kale chips!

  11. Shatone Martin - August 15, 2018

    I really love vegetables, so this part of the plan is very easy for me. But I have always stayed away from potatoes, because well…carbs! Good info. Thank you.

  12. Yovana Guillen - August 15, 2018

    I love this recipe! Came to share some love because of Instagram!

  13. Marisa Lucrezia - August 15, 2018

    I love these recipes!! Bell peppers are my absolute favorite. Do you buy organic peppers?

    • Team Powell - August 16, 2018

      Hi Marisa: Choose what you’ll like best and what fits into your budget! 🙂

  14. Carly - August 15, 2018

    Also commenting for the contest, but sometimes is so hard to remember to add in those veggie!

  15. Alicia Schmidt - August 15, 2018

    I am not the biggest fan of broccoli, but like Stephanie said, I love bell peppers and onions together. I struggle to get in veggies so I take opti greens to make sure I get enough ❤️

  16. Stefanie - August 15, 2018

    I love bell peppers and onions together. I really really hate broccoli though. The nice thing is we don’t have to force ourselves to eat what we don’t enjoy, that’s just a recipe for failure. I’m working on finding some more veggies I enjoy each week!

    P.S. sweet potatoes are life!

  17. Tiffanniefeuerbach - August 15, 2018

    This is a good reminder to keep pushing the veggies

  18. Abbey Newton - August 15, 2018

    Commenting for the contest but also because I do agree!! Before I went back on Transform I considered Keto, until I realized tou had to count carbs in veggies! As someone who rarely ate veggies as a kid and is just now starting to low them, I knew something about Keto just didn’t sit right with me. Thankfully I remembered how much I loved Transform when it first came back and I decided to start following it again. I am so happy on it! Thankfully my kids love their veggies!

  19. Danielle - August 15, 2018

    Thanks for the tips, I’m always looking for ways to include more veggies in our diet.

    Sweet potatoes are our favorite too! We can pretty much transform and meal to make it healthier with sweet potatoes… sloppy joes, loaded baked potatoes, stroganoff (healthier version), or as a dessert!

  20. René Ames - August 15, 2018

    Love all of your tips and use them daily!! You always dress so cute. Can you tell me what brand the tank top is that you wore when working out with Matix at the gym? Loved ❤️ seeing you incorporate working out and family 🙂

    • Team Powell - August 15, 2018

      Hi Rene: I know Heidi appreciates your kind words! 🙂 Heidi got that tank from Reebok quite awhile ago, and unfortunately I’m not seeing it on their site. 🙁

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