How to Lose Weight By Eating More Vegetables. >We all know that vegetables are good for our bodies and if eaten correctly they can actually help you to lose weight. It comes as no surprise that an increased intake of vegetables is good for you, but will it make you lose weight? The idea is an enticing one, but with the way that a lot of people feel about vegetables, the idea of eating more and more of them is not the most appealing one. The problem is that people are not looking at vegetables the right way; vegetables can be absolutely delicious if they’re prepared the right way. Don’t believe it? Try some of these ideas and you’re sure to change your tune.
Cook your vegetables to an incomplete cooked state; yes, one of the worst offenders when it comes to vegetables not being tasty is overcooking. If you’re vegetables don’t have any crunch left in them, they’re overcooked. Not only does overcooking take away the pleasure of eating them, their wonderful flavors and texture, overcooking takes out all of the vitamins that are so good for you. If you’re choking down a bunch of overcooked vegetables, you’re not getting much benefit from them anyway, so you might as well not submit yourself to the unpleasant experience. Raw vegetables have the most vitamins available to you, as well as a crisp taste and pleasing crunch; however, a diet high in raw vegetables can cause digestive stress to systems that are not accustomed to that diet.
Another absolute essential for enjoying vegetables and getting all of the healthy effects of them is to eat only fresh vegetables and frozen ones. Steer clear of canned vegetables; yes, they are handy, but they are not very healthy and the amount of salt added to them is a way to get really dehydrated really quickly. In addition to not eating canned vegetables, you should also cut your vegetables yourself; often the vegetables that are pre-cut in the supermarket have been cut too long ago to still be super fresh. As a result, their flavor and texture is not the most appealing one. If you like the convenience of pre-cut or canned vegetables, head to the frozen foods section instead. Frozen vegetables are the ultimate in terms of convenience and nutritional value. Frozen veggies are just as healthy (healthier in some cases) than even fresh vegetables; of course, they are healthier than canned vegetables and contain no added salt. If you’re tempted by the convenience of canned vegetables, try frozen ones instead—frozen veggies are also cheaper in most cases than canned ones. With frozen vegetables, you really can’t lose.
Now that you’ve got your ingredients and your cooking methods under control, let’s talk recipes. Veggie recipes should include a variety of vegetables and should be enhanced with spices and sauces. Going beyond a bowl of peas and a bowl of corn is the key to enjoying vegetables. Combining vegetables that complement each other’s flavors is the key to getting gourmet veggie dishes. Some good combinations are zucchini with summer squash, red peppers, garlic, mushrooms and onions or perhaps you should try lima beans mixed with tomatoes, onions and mushrooms. The key to enjoying is variety; and don’t be afraid of the spice cabinet. In order to keep your veggie dishes healthy, reach for olive oil based sauces instead of heavy cream sauces.
The reasons for implementing some of these veggie ideas into your family’s diet are many. Perhaps the most important reason is that the body needs all the vitamins that are found in fruits and veggies; however, fruits have a lot of sugar in them, so the amount of fruits that should be eaten each day is limited. Veggies do not have a limit though. When you sit down to dinner tonight try taking half of the amount of carbohydrate you would usually take, and twice the amount of veggies you would usually take.