Hello there bloggies! We’ve made it through another week. Can you believe that September starts next week?! This summer has flown by so fast. Though, I am excited for fall.

Anywho, welcome to Fitness Friday!

Fitness is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. Another major component is nutrition. Some of the healthiest foods you can eat are vegetables. That’s right our old pals vegetables.

Regrettably, veggies have gotten a bad rap in a lot of people’s minds. They’re yucky, gross, not filling, and just an awful eating experience. If you have children, you know how much of a struggle it is to get them to eat their veggies. Unfortunately, this aversion to veggies can persist into adulthood and adversely influence eating habits. I know it sure did for me. There was a long time where lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, and other salad veggies were the only ones I would eat. Peppers, sprouts, green beans, and all other veggies were no goes for me.

However, over the past few years, I’ve made it a point to expand my palate and start enjoying more veggies. Here are some of my favorite veggies I eat all the time now:

Broccoli

That’s right, broccoli. Those little trees are some of my favorites. Boiled, steamed, or sautéed, broccoli makes a wonderfully nutritious addition to almost any meal. It even pairs well with most main dishes including chicken, turkey, beef, and tofu. For some added flavor, I like to add a little hummus to my broccoli and mix it all up. So yummy!

Asparagus

Now, if you told me even just 2 years ago that I would have a real addiction to asparagus, I would have told you that you were loopy. How could I enjoy these odd, stalky looking green things? Nothing about them seemed appetizing. Then, something major happened in my life. My friend prepared grilled asparagus for me. The flavor explosion in my mouth was unreal. Just a little olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. It is now a constant part of my diet, even with the smell!

Spinach

If you asked me what spinach was back in the day, I would think of Popeye and some slimy, gross green mess. Never would I imagine that I would eat spinach every day. It makes the perfect base for any salad, with more vitamins and nutrients than standard iceberg lettuce. Plus, it can be a nice addition to omelets and even a stir fry. For the more adventurous, you can even through spinach into smoothies like I do every morning. Now, I know some of my readers will say that kale is a better option. Kale is another fantastic veggie, but I find spinach to be more versatile and less aggressive (though I do mix it up with kale sometimes).

Veggies are an important part of any diet. Trying new preparation and new veggies is a great way to keep variety in your diet and to stay on track. Even if you think you don’t like one or didn’t in the past, I find it helpful to keep trying these foods. I used to hate brussel sprouts, but find that grilled garlicky sprouts were pretty great. Don’t be scared of veggies! Give them a fair shot!

Thank you for stopping by Fitness Friday! Broccoli, asparagus, and spinach are some of my favorites. What are your favorite veggies? How do you prepare them? Let us know in the comments below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts. I’m always looking for new foods to try and different ways to make them!

Have a great weekend!

-Dr. F

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