//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js // NO WAY! One way to begin taking a step in the right direction is to eat more vegetables! I have had so many friends tell me that if there’s one thing I do well in the kitchen, it’s cooking vegetables. I can even get my kids to eat them! Let’s face it; vegetables can be down right bland. But, they don’t have to be! Explore different ways to cook vegetables and experiment with new recipes, new combinations and discover exciting flavors with herbs and spices. To start, try roasting veggies, which really brings out their sweetness. Cube sweet potatoes, beets, butternut squash, sweet onion and diced red bell pepper. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt and freshly ground pepper, add a little fresh or dried rosemary and thyme and roast at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Add some sliced portobello mushrooms and mound the roasted combination onto a pizza crust, bake and then top with some crumbled goat’s cheese. Roast sliced cabbage with olive oil, minced garlic and a little salt and pepper until tender. Try brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved, roasted with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and coarsely chopped garlic at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes and then drizzle with local honey. Make your own Moroccan spice mix and sprinkle over carrots drizzled with olive oil and roast just until tender. You can even roast chickpeas and edamame for some extra protein and the seasoning you use can open up a world of different flavors! The possibilities are endless and so are the health benefits! Vegetables alone are only 25 calories and are packed with fiber so you will feel fuller with smaller portions and you are less likely to head back to the pantry in an hour!  Vegetables are chock full of phytochemicals (those mystery nutrients that fight disease). Try eating from all colors of the rainbow to reap the benefits of different types of phytonutrients. IMG_3983 I’m a bit obsessed with roasted vegetables and I have pinned quite a few delicious recipes. Check them out! Here’s my Pinterest profile: Something you may not know: Fill half your plate with vegetables and the other half with lean meat and a whole grain such as brown rice, legumes, quinoa or whole wheat pasta. If you go back for seconds, opt for another helping of vegetables and start feeling better and losing weight. //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js //

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