The tip this week is a good one, stock up on those frozen veggies. Take some extra time at the grocery store to explore the frozen goodies that are out there these days. You can get all kinds of mixed veggies, and some have seasoning already added for extra convenience. Just double check the sodium and make sure it’s not too out of whack. I tried the frozen cauliflower with the cheese chips. They cooked up in no time. Then I whirled them in the blender and viola – that fancy mashed cauliflower you find in restaurants! I can also give kudos to the microwaveable veggies in the steamer bag. It takes five minutes. Add a little salt, pepper, butter and toasted slivered almonds (make ‘em in the toaster over) and you have yourself a very upscale side dish.
I don’t think you need to know the reasons to fill up on frozen veggies, but here goes:
- they’re low in calories so you can bulk up on veggies when you are hungry with no guilt
- they have lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and water (each veggie has its own set of key nutrients, but just rest assured that there’s lots of good stuff in there your body needs)
- they have fiber to keep you full and keep things “running smoothly”. Most people don’t get the 25-35 grams of fiber per day they need, loading up on veggies is a great way to get closer to that total.
Aim for several cups of raw or cooked veggies each day. Eat ‘em up yum!!!