Rethinking the Way We Eat Plants

American’s consumption of fruits and vegetables is quickly declining, and it is time we start talking more about adding plants into our diet. It’s our goal to spread the get the word out on new ways to mix more plants into our meals without making it too stressful. This month is National Nutrition Month, and we have all sorts of resources to help get fresh ideas. Read on to learn more about plants and adding them into your daily routine.

This weeks’ Healthy Tip Tuesday is brought to you in partnership with Trinity Hospital Twin City.

The Center for Disease Control shares how crucial plants are when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. The simple way to keep a healthy weight is to consume fewer calories, and by nature, plants offer that to us. The CDC shares tips to incorporate more plants into your diet.

  • Start Breakfast Right: try an egg omelet and add veggies instead of cheese
  • Lighten Your Lunch: make sure your wrap or burrito is loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, or other vegetables you love.
  • Dinner: Add veggies to any rice side you may be having. Try replacing one meal a week with beans or legumes instead of meat, “Meatless Mondays”. Also, make sure you are using smaller plates for dinner, not the big platter-sized dishes.
  • Smart Snack: Crunch on carrots or celery with peanut butter, and have a dessert of mixed fruits.

My son has some oral eating issues, and he never tries fruits or vegetables. A few weeks ago, I was eating an orange as a snack, which is rare for me. He came up to me and asked for a bite. This is when I realized the more I start modeling eating plant-based foods the more he will try them. Most of us enjoy a cold fruit smoothie but add in kale or spinach. I promise you won’t notice it, just make sure to blend it!

 

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