That's Mighty Green: RD's Veggie Suggestions

Results Driven is constantly working to be a complete health and fitness solution for this community. Obviously, we’re a gym, so we have exercise covered. We also know that nutrition is part of the equation. Weekly, we hold nutrition accountability meetings. These meetings are an opportunity for people to ask questions, share their triumphs and short-comings and to learn from the experiences of their fellow RD’ers.

Recently, the questions was raised, “What vegetables should I eat?” The knee jerk answer is ANYTHING! And at first, that’s the correct answer. Our 3rd nutrition habit is, “vegetables with every meal.” The next level answer to this question gets a little more specific.

A member is part of a CSA. She’s getting lots of squash and beets. Great vegetables. Both are high in nutrients and fiber. But where should her focus be?

Q: What Vegetables should I eat?

A: 1/2 - 2/3 of your vegetables should be leafy and green. Then supplement with others.

Why? Leafy green veggies are lower in sugar and tend to be less inflammatory. Spinach, broccoli, asparagus, kale, chard are all great choices. The other options mentioned above, squash and beets aren’t bad for you, but they’re higher in sugar. Vegetables categorized as “night shades,” such as tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, are inflammatory. If you make your priority green, leafy vegetables and supplement with a wide variety of other colorful vegetables, then you’re on the right track.

Ultimately, if you’re eating vegetables, you win.  It’s not rocket science, but if you’re trying to take your veggie consumption to the next level, follow this guideline. So, if you want don’t like spinach by itself, and you like to add tomatoes, onions or peppers to your salad or sauté, just make sure there’s a hardy amount of spinach along with the rest of those tasty additions.