March Mondays Monthly Challenge
Cutting Processed Foods
And here’s where I write the easiest lesson of all, how to find unprocessed veggies. Eat all of them! Lots and lots! Fill your plate at least half way full of them with each meal, then go back for more. You can eat them in a house, with a mouse, on a train, in the rain, just eat them!
One of the easiest ways to cut processed foods in your diet is to replace them with whole fruits and veggies. There are a few things to think about, however.
First, as always, organic is best. Conventional veggies are better than none, but I recommend following the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list. This list shows which vegetables were found to have the highest amount of pesticide residue, and I would definitely recommend buying those things organic or not at all. They retest every year and this list will change, so download their free app to your phone so you always have it with you at the grocery store. They also have a list called the Clean Fifteen that shows you the produce that has the lowest pesticide levels. It won’t make much difference if these are organic or not, so you can buy whichever is cheaper without worry!
Secondly, be sure to eat a big variety, all the colors of the rainbow! Not only does this make your plate look pretty, but the different vegetables give you different nutrients. Also, the different ways of cooking your vegetables will make different nutrients bioavailable and able to be absorbed by your body, so mix it up with raw and cooked vegetables, and having them cooked in different ways.
Lastly, it is important to make sure you include healthy fats with your vegetables. Healthy fats help your body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, and K2. Sauteeing them in butter or ghee from grass-fed cows, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. will help make them more delicious, and better for your body!
My favorite way to eat almost any veggie is to chop it into bite-size pieces, toss it in olive oil and salt and pepper, then roast it in the oven at 425 degrees until it has some brown, crispy bits. I haven’t yet met a vegetable that isn’t delicious this way!
What is your favorite way to cook and serve your veggies?