Packing in my green veggies!!!
Almost every day, I am asked how I manage to get an average of 17 portions of vegetables and fruit per day into my all-natural, nutrient-dense diet. I eat between 10 and 20 servings of veg EVERY day, averaging out in a typical week to 14 or 15 vegetables per day, plus 2 or 3 pieces of fruit per day.
Look at these meals –
– eggs and greens, loaded with broccoli, rainbow chard, kale, dandelion greens and spinach.
– chili with veg, using weekend leftovers.
I made a beef chili for my family and had some leftovers. This was a super quick and easy lunch, I just softened and warmed lots of veggies and added some chili to it for a re-heat. Cooking time 6 minutes. Look at that chili cooking – loads of broccoli, spinach, runner beans from my lovely sister’s allotment, red and yellow peppers, there are loads of veggies in there. See how there is 4 or 5 times as much vegetable food as meat. I am often asked about my “very high meat consumption” but I suspect it’s not always as high as some people think.
Remember the simple MND principles – in terms of calories, I get about half my calories from plants, half from animals. So eggs, meat and fish make up 50% of my calories, and vegetables, fruits and nuts make up the other half. This gives me a wide variety of nutrients, varied fats, varied proteins, a spread of vitamins and minerals. ‘On your plate’ that half-and-half is going to look more like two thirds or three quarters of your meal is vegetables, and then the meat or fish – because obviously the veggies are a lot less calorie dense, so the physical bulk of your food will be vegetables. Does that make sense??
– chicken and greens. Leftovers again (well, these meals were from a Monday, and I often spend Monday and Tuesday eating up leftovers from the weekend!!), some chicken warmed up with an assortment of veggies – again we have broccoli, kale, runner beans, spinach, mushrooms.
See how I eat broccoli, kale, spinach or similar veggies at almost every meal, most days 2 or 3 times every day, I load in these nutritious green veggies. Chard, broccoli, kale, spinach, dandelion greens, often all grown organically in my own garden – fresh, seasonal and carbon neutral.
Ummm, let’s see now, I eat 14 or 15 servings of fresh vegetables every day, and I am slim and healthy, I have tons of energy and never get sick. Ummm…something to think about???????
Pack in those nutrients folks, once you get in the habit of cooking this way, it’s really not that hard, and the food is delicious.
Stay healthy, stay happy!