What Green Vegetables Are Great for Weight Loss?
The short answer to this question is: All of them! A diet rich in vegetables in general, and green vegetables specifically, is healthy and part of a well-balanced diet. A well-balanced diet, in addition to regular exercise and sleep, is a great way to lose or maintain your weight.
Why Green Vegetables?
Green vegetables are great sources of so many vitamins. There are dozens of different types of green vegetables, broccoli, spinach, celery, kale, bok choy, cucumber, parsley, and etc, and each one has its own health benefits. In sum, green vegetables offer generous amounts of vitamins A, B, C, E and K, potassium, fiber, folic and niacin. Not to mention they're great sources of antioxidants.
Why All These Vitamins?
The vitamins mentioned above all work in the body to do great things like aid and improve digestion, promote healthy skin, increase metabolism and therefore energy and keep the blood healthy. Plus, antioxidants have been shown to do all sorts of great things for the body.
I Can Only Eat So Much Spinach
There are so many different kinds of green vegetables. Variety is the key to getting the most nutrients and not getting bored. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Instead of iceburg lettuce, try romaine, spinach, watercress or spicy arugula on a sandwich.
- Buy a bag of mixed greens from the store or farmers market and dress it up with fruits, cheeses and vinaigrette.
- Make a green stir-fry with kale, bok choy, cabbage, sugar peas, broccoli and spinach.
- Throw a handful of chopped spinach into soups just before serving.
- Cook then puree green vegetables and stir into your pasta sauce or pesto. No one will know the difference.
- Search your local farmers market or specialty store for new green veggies you'se never tried.
- Buy a vegetarian cookbook and make one veggie meal a week. Experiment with recipes until you find your favorites.
Tips to Make Eating Veggies Easy
Since vegetables require more preparation time, make it easy on yourself by washing and chopping produce after purchase.
- Wash and dry each item; chop up large vegetables like broccoli and store in tubs so it'll be ready when you are.
- Wash and dry lettuces so you can grab them when you need them.
- Use leftover cooked vegetables as last minute additions to stir-frys and soups.
- Buy prewashed items like lettuce mixes or vegetable mixes to save time.
Eating your greens doesn't have to be boring or bland. The fun is in exploring all the options available to you.