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Tasty Tips for National Eat Your Vegetables Day

Ready to kick your veggie intake into high gear? It’s National Eat Your Vegetables Day, and here at Arivale, we’re preparing to wholeheartedly celebrate the crunchy, crispy and colorful crops we all know and love.

Most veggies—including spinach, carrots, purple cabbage and snap peas—are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Scientific research has found that adding a daily dosage of veggies to your diet can potentially reduce your risk for certain chronic diseases. Some veggies—like broccoli, cabbage and onions—may help boost your body’s detoxification systems.

Cherish the power of the veggie.

It’s no surprise that we’re unabashed in our passion for vegetables. Below, let’s hear from a few Arivale Coaches about their favorite vegetables and their tips for celebrating National Eat Your Vegetables Day today—and every day.


“My favorite vegetable is Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), which also have prebiotics that can improve your microbiome diversity. My recipe is super simple—just scrub them, cut into chunks, toss in a little extra virgin olive oil, thyme, and sea salt—and bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.”        

—Coach Lisa 

Lisa


“While I DO love a good chocolate chip cookie, nothing sets me right with the world quite like a vegetable. I love adding beets to almost anything. You can cook them up ahead of time and refrigerate for several days. Then, slice or dice them and add to a salad, a cup of soup (lentil is my favorite) or just eat as a side dish. Beets are high in antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, and can help support some of the detoxification pathways in the body. These nutrients decrease with longer cooking time so try to keep steam cooking time to under 15 minutes (this might mean chopping larger beets into quarters), or roast time to under an hour. Also, if cooking in the summer turns you off, try skinning and grating some raw beets onto your salad or atop your soup for a quick, bright addition to your summer meal.”          

—Coach Heather

Heather

“I love the variety in flavor, textures and colors that vegetables provide in meals.
Sweet potatoes are a great example of that variety and you can season them in all kinds of fun ways (I often use cinnamon, cumin or curry). Sweet potatoes are a staple in my house—used as the base of a sauce or filling, thrown in breakfast hash, mixed with black beans in a burger, as a snack (fries anyone?), or a nacho chip alternative. Plus, with their antioxidants, fiber, resistant starches, vitamins A and C and manganese—they are jam-packed with nutrients to work synergistically with your body, brain and long-term health. If you’d like to experiment with sweet potatoes, try this delicious quesadilla inspired recipe.

—Coach Sharyn

Sharyn

For more tips to inspire your intake of the almighty veggie, check out our blog post, 10 Easy Ways to Add More Allium and Cruciferous Veggies to Your Diet.

Happy celebrating.

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