The Today show had Nutritionist Joy Bauer on this morning and she said Americans are not getting enough vegetables in their diet. We should be eating 2-3 cups of veggies a day. If it’s a “puffy” vegetable, like spinach leaves, you should eat 2 cups of that instead of one. I like to think I get all of the veggies required into my diet on a daily basis, but I think Joy’s advice of 2-3 cups a day is easy to remember.
Why get these whole foods into your diet? Well, Joy broke down what some of her favorite vegetables do to help our bodies.
Here is a quick recap of notes I took while she was on the show:
- Joy loves Kale and Spinach because they are rich in vitamins c & k, beta carotene, iron and fiber.
- One red bell pepper has twice the amount of vitamin c of an orange. Love red bell peppers!
- Broccoli and brussel sprouts have lots of nutrients, but more importantly, a compound that may help reduce certain types of cancer.
- One cup of vegetable juice, such as V8, counts toward your daily quota, but check the sodium levels.
I got a few vegetables into my lunch today–baby carrots, asparagus and tomatoes.
Lunch hit the spot! I needed some more fuel after all of the cleaning I did! The bowl of overnight oats definitely kept me full until about 1:15 p.m., so I think I would be better off eating that before work. That way, I won’t need a mid-morning snack.
Here are our cute cats attempting to sleep while I was making noise cleaning the house.
My food has settled in my tummy and off to the gym I go!