We usually have traditional vegetables with our Christmas lunch, but for the rest of the year you don’t have to stick to the same choices of vegetables at every meal. It’s surprising what a rut some people can get into with their vegetables choices, especially when they are merely seen as an accompaniment to meat and potatoes as can be traditionally eaten in many households.
With a huge amount of benefits to our health, start to see the plant content on your plate as the star of the show rather than the understudy. You should be eating at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but some studies have seen the benefits of eating up to 13! Fruit should really only take up 2 portions, especially if you are trying to manage your weight. Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables, either cooked or raw. Soups, casseroles and one pot meals are great ways to include a variety of veg. It’s important to ‘eat a rainbow’ and choose different coloured veg so that you get a good range of phytonutrients.
Have a look at this list and see how many of these you are eating on a regular basis, if there aren’t that many, try experimenting with some variety in the New Year!
Asparagus, artichokes, avocados, tenderstem broccoli, pak choi, pomegranates, blood oranges, pink grapefruit, pea shoots, watercress, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, kiwi fruit, mango, red cabbage, aubergine, mange tout, celeriac, endive, kale, chinese cabbage, porcini & shitake mushrooms, butternut squash, yellow courgettes, blueberries, papaya, rocket, beetroot.
These are just some, there is a huge variety of different fruit and veg that you can experiment with – if you need any ideas on how to cook or prepare it give us a shout!