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Green up Your Meals

Mar 31, 2014 11:41AM ● By Jean Dunn

Unless you have been living under a rock, you should know by now that vegetables are the superheroes of nutrition. They contain a small amount of calories, but are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber.  Essential to optimal health, vegetables are important sources of disease fighting compounds, antioxidants and nutrients that lower risks of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, eye diseases and aid digestive issues.

Sadly, only about one-quarter of American adults eat the recommended three or more servings of vegetables a day.  If you’re in the majority, you are missing out on the major health benefits as well as all that crunchy deliciousness.  One way to get more greens into your diet is to buy seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables at a local farmer’s market or become a member of a CSA (community supported agriculture) and receive fresh fruits and vegetables directly from local organic farms.­­ 

Don’t know what to do with all those veggies? Vegetables can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted, grilled, baked, sautéed, stir fried, braised, added to omelets, muffins, bread, meatloaf, soups and stews, incorporated into vegetable based sauces and smoothies—the possibilities are endless and downright yummy!  Vegetables should move from the sideline to the headline on your plate to add variety to your meals and help you live a healthier life.

Jean Dunn became a personal chef in 2007 after almost 40 years in a corporate environment to pursue what she truly loves—food! With more than 20 years of skill in food preparation and general nutrition, she takes great pleasure in teaching others to choose fresh ingredients and prepare healthy meals so they can achieve their health and fitness goals.  For more information call Envision Personalized Health at 619-229-9695 or visit

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