Nutrients 4 Life

Love your vegetables and fruit

Let’s be clear when it comes to eating and putting the proper nutrients in your body everyone is different and everyone’s lifestyles are
different. The complexities of creating a diet that fits everyone is impossible. You have to take your time to set up a diet and exercise program just for you.
You must speak with organizations like

Stay Fit 4 Life, Health coaches, Nutritionists, or dietitians and your Doctor.

 

 

 

Here are some easy ways to get more vegetables into your diet.

 

Vegetables are one of those foods people
either love or hate. vegetables are arguably the most health-promoting food group on the planet. If you aren't eating vegetables, you aren't getting all their amazing components like fiber,antioxidants, and other powerful
phytochemicals.

What are phytochemicals?

Phytochemicals are non-nutritive plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive
properties. They are nonessential nutrients, meaning that they are not required  by the human body for sustaining life. It is well-known that plants produce these chemicals to protect themselves but recent research demonstrate that they can also protect humans against diseases. There are more than thousand known
phytochemicals

So what's a veggie-hater to do?

People who think they hate vegetables can definitely learn to embrace this colorful food group by learning about different ways to prepare them.

Some of us have negative veggie experiences from our childhood that come back to haunt us as adults.
Maybe you were forced to eat vegetables, or had to plow through a stack of green beans to get to dessert. Maybe you were served overcooked, mushy  vegetables. Or perhaps some time in your life, you were on a fad diet
where all you could eat were certain vegetables.

So if you love spicy food, you may not like veggies served plain; or if you love simple, earthy flavors, veggies covered with rich sauce won't appeal the bottom line here is try assorted
ways to eat and love your veggies and fruit it will pay off in the long run with good health.

 

But there are also innate physical reasons why some people have an aversion to certain vegetables.
 Genetic traits have been identified that seems to make some eople have extra-sensitive receptors for bitter tastes.

"They are sometimes dubbed 'super tasters' and they make up about 25% of the population.

The vegetables that tend to be the bitter offenders are cruciferous vegetables (those from the cabbage family, including broccoli and cauliflower), some of the leafy greens, and eggplant.

But there are ways to tame the bitter taste in these nutrition-packed vegetables.

 

It's hard to argue with the health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits:

Lower blood pressure; reduced risk of heart
disease
, stroke, and Many forms of cancers;
lower risk of eye and digestive problems; and a mellowing effect on blood sugar that can help keep appetite in check.

 

Most people should aim for at least nine servings (at least 4½ cups) of vegetables and fruits a day, and potatoes don't count. Go for a
variety of kinds and colors of produce, to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Best bets? Dark leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and anything that's a rich yellow, orange, or red color.

Try these delicious vegetable recipes:

 

 

Encourage Kids to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

Eating fruits and vegetables is part of a healthy diet* for both children and adults.

Finding creative ways to encourage fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet can be fun for the entire family. There are more fruits and vegetables available in fresh, frozen, and dried forms than ever before. Taking the time to introduce a variety of fruits, vegetables and exercise to kids can help develop a lifetime of healthy habits.

10 Ways to Help Kids Eat More Fruits & Veggies

1. Keep a bowl of fresh fruits on the counter.

Refrigerate cut up fruits and vegetables in

small bags for easy snacks on the run.

2. Serve fruits and vegetables at every meal. Add

grated or cut vegetables into entrees, side

dishes, and soups. Top off cereal with fruits or

add frozen fruits to smoothies.

3. Set a good example. Snack on fruit and order

low-sodium, low-fat salads, soups, or vegetable

sides when at restaurants.

4. Pack the refrigerator, freezer and cupboard

with pre-cut, frozen and canned vegetables so

that it is easier for you to prepare meals and

snacks that include vegetables and fruit.

Imt Elements—Smell, Texture, and Color

  • Kids are turned off from trying new foods if the smell, flavor, or color is not appealing.