Back to the Basics: Eat Your Veggies

Back to the BasicsWe took a little break from the Back to the Basics series we’ve had going on this school year. The break for December was intentional, cause nobody has time for a new habit in December. The break for January was not so intentional, just a victim of my crazy life. (Have I mentioned my family is building a house? Well, we are! Exciting and time consuming, and we’re not even doing much of the work. Anyway, the end of December and beginning of January were spent painting the house. My arms got some good workouts. Maybe.)

I was feeling a little glum about not writing here lately, cause I’m a writer and I have not been writing, therefore my brain starts to fill up with so many words that I worry about explosions. But, then my brain full of words had a good thought …. maybe February is just the perfect month to resume our Back to the Basics plan. You might have overdosed on New Year’s resolutions and lost your steam already. Or you may have rebelled against resolutions (this would be me) and you find yourself a little lacking in goals and/or motivation to do healthy things (this would also be me).

So, enter February! A nice short month, perfect for adding one little habit!

If you’re new here, or forgot what we were doing, here is a little re-cap: We’re working on one small habit, one month at a time, to make long-term changes towards better health. So far, we’ve worked on the following habits:

  • September: Drink Water
  • October: Move Your Body
  • November: Cut Some Sugar
  • December: Enjoy the holiday break!
  • January: Paint the House (Maybe that was only me? ūüėČ )
  • February: Eat Your Veggies

Did I just hear you groan? I know. Vegetables. They get a bad rap. But they are soooo good for us and soooo important to our health! They are full of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to survive, not to mention they are high in fiber and low in calories.


And most of us aren’t eating enough of them.

Once again, I recommend you start small. The smart people who make suggestions on food intake recommend you fill half your plate with vegetables. If you aren’t getting many right now, just start with one serving. If you regularly get a serving at every meal, try adding a second veggie to your plate. Cook them, eat them raw, drown them in dressing if you must (ya know, just to get over the taste at first). Call them roots, call them pods, call them leafy, just get them in your body!

We’ve got some fun veggie recipes here on the blog. I’m sure you can find something enjoyable. You don’t have to eat veggies plain, either. Some of these recipes mix them in for added yumminess.

Jessica’s Roasted Vegetables

Jenny’s Crunchy Thai Salad (with veggies)

Jenny’s Candied Roasted Beets

Jenny’s Roasted Cauliflower

Maybe you have a favorite veggie recipe? Let us know and share in the comments or on Facebook! Just eat your vegetables! (Yes, you should have read that in a “mom voice”!)


Cori2Cori is a wife, mom of three, part-time secretary and random writer who is learning how to take small steps towards big goals. She tends to be an all-or-nothing kind of person, but a journey to learn how to run (something she always hated) has taught her a lot about gradual, slow change. She has a degree in journalism and enjoys doing research and writing.

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