The Veggie Secret

Hey there good lookin!

Today’s weight loss tip is one that I love and that I live by! It’s a portion control tip that’s sure to not disappoint. You’ll leave the table satisfied, satiated and full. You’ll feel great and have a rush of lasting energy that will help get you through your day. What is the mystical tip that can possibly do all this?

It’s simple. Fill 1/2 your plate with low carb veggies (sorry potatoes). Steamed, raw, sautéed, baked, stir fried, marinated, grilled…you name it, you can have it.

Veggies are oh-so-amazing for a variety of reasons. They:

1. Are chalk full of fiber (helps us feel full so we don’t overeat)

2. Are loaded with vitamins and minerals and other nutrients which our bodies can’t live without.

3. Are low in calories and fat (we can eat lots of them and not feel guilty)

4. Reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

5. Increase our energy

6. Help us have healthy skin and hair

Talk about nutrition powerhouses! These little beauties are packed full of these and about a million other healthy benefits.

So, really, there’s just no excuse not to eat your veggies!

What are some of your favorite ways to eat your veggies?

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The Lean Green Machine

I must admit, until recently I thought that in order for green smoothies to be good for you they had to taste like…well, just sick and wrong. But I’ve been playing around with different fruits and veggies and I have to say, I LOVE green smoothies now! They’re actually pretty hard to mess up! Go figure!

They’re super easy, really fast and incredibly good for you. I’m not the only one who thinks so either…my husband is even hooked on them!

Here’s the scoop on why I love these ingredients. Every ingredient in here is loaded with antioxidants, contain anti-inflammatory properties, help fight against cancer and are bursting with fiber! This helps you feel fuller for longer which supports weight loss. Include one of these a day and you’ll be lovin your skinny jeans in no time!

The apple, pear, avocado, kale and spinach all contain elements that fight the effects of aging on your brain which means they help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. They all reduce cholesterol, have loads of vitamin C and help regulate blood pressure.

The pear, spinach and celery all include pretty impressive levels of folate which are essential for pregnant women. It helps diminish the risk for neural tube birth defects.

Celery and cucumber both have a lot of water in them so they help to rehydrate your body.

So, all in all this smoothie is amazing and tastes amazing too! This is one you should definitely try! In addition, you can totally put your own spin on it! Add in your favorite fruits and veggies – try it out! It’s really hard to mess up!

The Lean, Green Machine

3/4 cup coconut or almond milk

1 apple

1 pear

1/2 avocado

1 banana

1 cup packed spinach OR 2 leaves of kale

2 celery stalks

1/2 cucumber

-Blend it all up and enjoy!

-For beginners I recommend trying the spinach first. It’s delicious and the flavor is less assertive.


My sources: besthealthmag.ca, medicalnewstoday.com, aperfectpear.com, healthdiaries.com, mindbodygreen.com, whfoods.com