Eat Your Green Vegetables to Lose Weight

IMG_2969When I first meet with my clients, we always talk about their nutrition. I first ask them what kinds of vegetables they have in their diet and most of them answer corn and potatoes. Those seem to be the 2 staple vegetables that we were all raised to eat and while they are good for you in moderation, these are rated higher on the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a ranking of foods based on their immediate effect on blood glucose or blood sugar levels, so we want to choose foods that are on the lower end of the glycemic index.

We then talk about which vegetables they should be adding to their diet- the fibrous ones. Their goal then is to get at least 2-3 servings each day of fibrous vegetables each day. Why fibrous vegetables? These are lower in calories, fat and higher in fiber than starchy carbohydrates, such as potatoes and corn. You can eat more of them to help fill you up with GOOD calories instead of calories that are less beneficial to your body. You will feel fuller and be eating healthier!

Here are some of the good GREEN vegetable choices:

*Green Beans
*Brussel Sprouts
*Collard Greens
*Green Peppers

Some ways to add fibrous vegetables to your meals: Add either spinach or broccoli to your eggs in the morning. At lunchtime, have some broccoli and/or lettuce or green beans with chicken breast or ground turkey. Dinner time, you can add some type of stir fry veggies or lettuce with your protein of choice.

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