DD Fitness: Five ways to eat more vegetables

first_imgOne of the biggest struggles that people can have when it comes to nutrition are vegetables.It surprises me every time that I hear an adult saying that ‘they don’t eat vegetables’.one reason that I am constantly surprised is that there are a huge variety of vegetables and it is seemingly impossible to dislike each and every one of them. When you dig deeper into the issue, you will usually find that, as a child, they were made to eat some sort of, boiled to death vegetable, by their parents and this was the root cause of the issue.When you dig even deeper, you usually find that they do eat vegetables, in the form of stir fry’s, curries etc, just not as a side dish to a main meal.The main issue then is not the vegetables, it is the God-awful way that they were cooked, (bland and boiled to death) and the fact that they were forced upon you as a child.Today I am going to help you out. I am going to give you a few different ways to cook vegetables that will, not only add flavour to them, but will give you a new-found respect for our Cruciferous friends. I first came across these ideas from Dr Mike Roussell, in a seminar he did for Peak Performance in NYC.Dr Mike is a nutritionist who works with A list athletes and actors and is also serves on the Advisory Board for Men’s Health and SHAPE magazines as well as LIVESTRONG.com.Stuffed Italian Peppers – This recipe makes 4 large servings.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat; add 1 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil and 12 ounces of 95% lean minced beef.With a spatula, break up the beef and cook until the beef is browned.Drain off excess fat and place the beef in a bowl.Return the pan to medium heat, add 2 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil and 2 minced cloves of garlic.Once garlic is tan (not burned), add 4 small courgettes (cut into small pieces) and one diced onion.Sauté until the onions become clear.Add the beef back to the frying pan, a large jar of pasta sauce, and 2 large handfuls of baby spinach.Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. While the sauce is simmering, slice the tops off the peppers and remove the core, seeds, and white membrane from inside all of the peppers.Place peppers in a large baking dish with ¼ inch water at the bottom of the pan.Fill each pepper with meat/vegetable sauce.Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.Spoon 1 TBSP of cheese onto each pepper; bake for another 10 minutes.Serve and enjoy.Sautéed Spicy Cabbage –Place 1 TBSP toasted sesame seed oil in a frying pan with 2 cloves of minced garlic over medium heat.Let the oil warm and the garlic cook until the garlic begins to tan.Add 4 cups of shredded green cabbage and 1-2 tsp of Sriracha sauce (Thai garlic chili sauce).Stirring often, cook until cabbage softens and becomes translucent.Serve and enjoy. Roasted Brussels Sprouts –Preheat oven to 425 degrees.Cut 10-15 Brussels sprouts in half and toss in a bowl with a TBSP of balsamic vinegar. Arrange sprouts on a baking sheet with the cut side down.Season with salt, pepper, and bake for 20 minutes.Serve and enjoy.Rosemary Roasted Turnips –Roasted turnips are a great lower carbohydrate substitute for roasted potatoes either by themselves or in a dish such as pot roast.Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.Peel and cube 4-5 tennis ball sized turnips.Toss in extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh minced rosemary and thyme (dried herbs also work but the fresh provide a much better flavour).Roast in a baking dish for 25 minutes stirring halfway through cooking.Serve and enjoy.Ginger Soy Marinated Grilled CourgetteCut 2-3 medium-sized Courgettes into 2-3-inch strips (approximately the size of steak fries).Toss in a bowl or large Ziploc bag with soy sauce, powdered ginger, and black pepper (time permitting marinate in the refrigerator for several hours before cooking).Cook Courgette strips on the grill for 7-10 minutes until softened or place the Courgette strips on a baking dish and bake for 7-10 minutes.Serve and enjoy.There you have it.5 ways to make eating vegetables more enjoyable, by having a little imagination and adding some flavour and different cooking techniques.#leanin2018 Our next Lean in 2018 program starts in 2 weeks’ time on August 6th.If you would like to join our thriving fitness community, contact me through the links below.Be sure to keep up with all my articles and posts through my website and socials here:https://www.rushefitness.ie/https://www.facebook.com/rushefitness/https://www.instagram.com/rushefitness/* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTDDD Fitness: Five ways to eat more vegetables was last modified: July 22nd, 2018 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img