Now vegetables and I have not always been the best of friends. In fact, members of my loving family can tell you all about the times I was carried away from the dinner table kicking and screaming about not wanting to eat my peas and carrots…many spankings resulted of this. By the way, I’ve grown to enjoy peas and carrots most of the time!
I would not say that now I am a lover of vegetables, but I’m working on it. I have a few go to veggies that I enjoy: asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, etc. But there is definitely room for improvement in this category and I know I am not usually getting the recommended amount. As a side note: Lately, I have been inspired to drink my veggies and I like them a lot more. I think I would be more inclined to do so regularly if I had a nice juicer, and didn’t pay $6+ a glass at Whole Foods, but that’s besides the point.
The same site I mentioned before (Choose My Plate) has also provided a breakdown of the types of vegetables recommended and over the next few weeks I am going to strive to make this weekly goal:
As a 19-30 year old woman, it is recommended to eat this amount per week:
- 1.5 cups of Dark Green Vegetables (Broccoli, Kale, Spinach, Endive, Romaine and other dark leafy greens)
- 5.5 cups of Red & Orange Vegetables (carrots, pumpkin, red peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, acorn/butternut squash, etc.)
- 1.5 cups of Beans & Peas (black beans, garbanzo, kidney, pinto, soy beans, black-eyed peas, split peas, etc.)
- 5 cups of Starchy Vegetables (corn, green peas, white potatoes)
- 4 cups of other vegetables (green beans, cauliflower, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, etc.)
I’d like to acknowledge, that beans have never really been a part of my diet. I am not accustomed to cooking them except in a nice pot of chili or in a spread like hummus. Perhaps if I grew up Cuban it would be a staple in my cooking like many of my Miami peers, but during the next few weeks I am going to try and find a way to sneak them into my cuisine along with more leafy greens!