Getting enough veggies
In a fitness world consumed by macros and ripped Pop-Tart-eating, pancake-inhaling internet sensations, micronutrients—or micros—often fly under the radar. Let's face it: On a large scale, vitamins and minerals don't provide the immediate, easy-to-see benefits that protein and carbohydrates do. However, although you may not feel or see their effects, vitamins and minerals are vital for health, immunity, performance, and recovery! Even if you're not a fan of fruits and vegetables, incorporating them into your day is essential if you want to be your best self.
Smoothies are one of the best ways sneak in your fruits and veggies. Add plenty of nutrients (and color) without changing the flavor noticeably by adding spinach or kale. We've got tons of smoothie recipes; consider adding spinach to them all!
Diced broccoli, spinach, or other greens are perfectly suited to (or masked by, if that's your priority) the savory warmth of eggs and cheese. This is a no-brainer!
Iceberg lettuce is a vegetable in name alone. Instead, consider a darker green variety, such as romaine, spinach, or kale. Cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, and peppers also provide plenty of nutrients along with a beneficial crunch.
Fruits and vegetables also make satisfying snacks on their own. Sliced peppers, carrots, and celery also go great with hummus.
Your taste buds change over time. Maybe you didn't like broccoli as a kid, or maybe even as recent as 6 months ago. Try it again. You may find that you actually enjoy a fruit or vegetable you used to despise.
Also, keep in mind that the taste of fruits and vegetables changes when cooked. Don't like fresh carrots? Try them steamed or roasted. In general, cooking sweetens vegetables as the structure is altered and sugar molecules become exposed. Keep an open mind, and keep looking for solutions!
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