Here’s how to get the most out of your vegetable diet.
The good news: Vegetables are super easy to prepare.
You can use canned or frozen or store-bought in the fridge.
You could even use canned peas, peas, carrots, cabbage, sweet potatoes and other legumes.
Just make sure you use the right amount of veggies, and don’t skip the extra veggies, like beans, broccoli, or broccoli sprouts.
If you’re looking to lose weight, eat a little more vegetables, like a little less than half of your daily calories from fruits and veggies, the American Heart Association recommends.
For example, 1 cup of carrots, 1/2 cup of celery, 1 tsp.
of leeks, and 1/4 tsp.
dried parsley will provide you with about 40 percent of your calories, while 1 cup broccoli, 1 large bunch of broccoli sprout, and about 1 cup diced tomatoes will provide about 50 percent of the calories.
That’s because the more vegetables you eat, the more you burn off.
For instance, eating a whole head of broccoli or a whole cup of broccoli florets, or a handful of large broccoli spears will help you burn up about a third of your caloric intake.
The good news is that if you eat a lot of vegetables, you’ll likely gain weight, so keep those calories in mind.
The bad news is the less vegetables you have, the less energy you burn.
And if you keep eating the same amount of vegetables over time, you may have a lower metabolism.
So if you have to skip veggies, don’t worry, you can still burn off some calories.
The American Heart Assn.
says that eating a little fewer than 30 percent of calories from fat and a little higher than 30 to 40 percent from saturated fat is recommended for healthy weight loss.
It’s also important to avoid eating foods that are high in salt, sugars, and trans fats, like trans fat-laden chocolate.