Feb 25 2016
Category: Food. Sponsored

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I never thought much about how long I’d live until I became a mom.

And suddenly, I want to live forever.

I want to see my kids grow up, and see their kids grow up. I want to meet my great-grandchildren and have a lot of fun for a long, long time.

Beyond that, I want my kids to have a great start with healthy habits, and I know that I’m one of the role models they spend the most time with. I have so much influence on them and what they do! That’s a huge responsibility.

So I’m making healthy living a priority. I’m working on building healthy habits bit by bit, but getting enough sleep, moving my body, eating nutritious foods, and keeping stress levels low are all so important to our overall health.

And my kids are learning these habits bit by bit too.

One thing we’re great at is eating a ton of vegetables. Here are some tricks that might help you out, if you’re trying to eat more veggies too.

5 easy ways to eat more vegetables. Who doesn't need more vegetables in their life???

5 Ways to Eat More Vegetables

  1. Prepare your veggies ahead of time. Before the week begins, I try to do as much preparation as I can. I wash and slice bell peppers and cucumbers, peel and cut jicama and carrots, wash and sometimes blanche asparagus, sugar snap peas, and snow peas, dice onions, and so on. I store the veggies in glass containers in the fridge, and they’re easy to grab to use as ingredients in meals, toss into salads, or even just snack on raw throughout the week.
  2. Move beyond ham and cheese omelets. Having diced onions and bell peppers easy to grab, and buying a box or bag of pre-washed spinach makes it easy to make a veggie-filled omelet for breakfast in a snap.
  3. Add some green to your smoothies. I dehydrate a variety of greens – spinach, kale, collards, radish greens, and more – and powder them in my vitamix. The green powder stores easily in a jar in my pantry until I’m ready to make a smoothie. A spoonful of the “dust” is really a TON of fresh leafy green veggies! (My 3 year old son also loves me to whisk it into eggs for him to have green scrambled eggs for breakfast.)
  4. Graze on veggies. If you’re hungry, you should definitely have a snack, but reach for veggies before you reach for other things, and you’ll make sure to get a ton of nutrients into yourself! Sure, crackers with cream cheese are delicious, but spreading that cream cheese on slices of cucumber is just as good, but full of more vitamins. Throw together spears of lots of different veggies into a baggie when you run errands, and snack on them in the car if you’re feeling munchy. It’s like a salad on the go! If you prepared ahead of time (like in tip #1), this is EASY.
  5. Stock up on frozen veggies. Sometimes it’s hard to prep your veggies in time, or even if you did, maybe you’d like something even faster or a little different from what’s in your fridge. Those bags of frozen mixed veggies without any weird ingredients (often in “sauce”) added are perfect – just steam them in the microwave and add some butter, and you’re good to go. There’s NO reason you should ever have a vegetable-less dinner.

What are your tips and tricks for healthier living?

The American Heart Association has a ton of ideas on their Pinterest .

And why bother getting healthy? Life Is Why

Why bother getting healthy? My kids are why.

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