I know… vegetables…!

Right? Wrong!! We love vegetables and they are so good for you. Im sure you already knew that cuz whose mom never said ‘eat all your vegetables!!!

Here are 5 reasons to eat vegetables

Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Fiber!!! Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

Vegetables are fat-free and cholesterol-free. All vegetables by definition are cholesterol-free and for all practical purposes, fat-free. Over 95 percent of vegetables contain less than a gram of fat per serving, and even that insignificant gram is mostly unsaturated fats.

 Variety, variety, variety. It’s what makes life interesting. Adults, (hopefully you like them) like different foods prepared different ways.

 Vegetables provide complex carbohydrates. The energy in vegetables is in the form of complex carbohydrates. These take some time to digest and don’t cause the blood sugar highs and lows that sugars do. An exception to this rule is the sugar in beets or corn. (These sugars have a high glycemic index and trigger the insulin cycle.)

Try this – cook a lot  that you can ‘meal prep’ and eat during the week-

The easiest, simplest, and BEST way is to roast the vegetables

**you can roast your favorite  vegetables, following the same recipe ideas… get creative and put your favorites spices and seasonings. The list is endless in how you can roast your vegetables!!!**

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Roasted Vegetables

INGREDIENTS:

2 cup broccoli chopped
2 cups  mushrooms
2 cups chopped sweet potato
1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
1 yellow squash, sliced and quartered
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, (or to taste)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
Place broccoli florets, mushrooms, zucchini, squash, bell pepper and onion in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and thyme; season with salt and pepper, to taste.  toss to combine.
Place into oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until tender.*

The list is endless!!!!! Add parmesan cheese on top if you want!!

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