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Vegt-ability to be Healthy!

“Zoooooom, Zoooom, open wide! Here comes the airplane, ready to land! Zoooom!”

Your parents may have tried this trick on you when they were trying to get you to eat your vegetables. They put a lot of effort into encouraging you to eat your vegetables, but did you listen?

If you often feel sluggish, tired and sick, don’t blame it on your disgusting friend who sneezed on you! You know, your parents were telling the truth when they told you that veggies are good for you.

Everyone knows vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals, but vegetables also provide antioxidants, enzymes, fiber, and vitamin C. Vegetables can help your body function better by promoting growth, better eyesight, and curbed appetite.

You may have heard about the benefits of eating vegetables a million times, but it still hasn’t changed your mind. You and vegetables still seem to butt heads. Elaine Magee, MPH RD, states in her article Eat Your Vegetables on Webmd.com that people avoid eating vegetables because they have had bad experiences with them as a child.

“Maybe you were forced to eat vegetables, or had to plow through a stack of green beans to get to dessert. Or maybe you were served overcooked, mushy vegetables,” she writes.

Eating vegetables doesn’t have to be a trial run to win dessert. It does not have to look gross, be boring or tasteless. Vegetables can be just as indulgent as a dessert! Here are some fun, easy, and delicious ways to scoop in those enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant-filled heroes:

Mozza Mato- Simply top tomato slices with slices of mozzarella cheese, and shake on some garlic, parsley, oregano, and basil to make one delicious, flavorful, and juicy treat!

Veggie Tarts- Make or buy some dough, and shape it into fun tart or pastry shapes. Stuff them with some boiled onions, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Top with your favorite seasonings, and bake for 30 minutes. It’s great with marinara sauce!

Mexi-mix- Combine corn, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, and your choice of peppers into a delicious combo to scoop up with tortillas! Serve with sour cream and top with black pepper!

Smoothies- Veggies can add a kick to your average fruit smoothie! Experiment with any vegetable of your choice along with your favorite fruits and yogurt.

Candied Carrots- Drizzle some butter sauce over boiled carrots and top with brown sugar for a tasty and sweet, veggie treat!

Vegetables can be comfort food too. Unlike junk food, however, vegetables come with a side order of health and wellness. What would you rather eat, something that tastes good and shuts your body down later, or something that tastes good and keeps you feeling great? No matter if you try the veggie snack ideas above or experiment with others, vegetables can make one tasty airplane that can take you through skies of health and wellness.