We will definitely be the first to admit that some days we struggle to get all of our veggies in but eating as many as possible is something that we certainly try to do. With all the talk about goal setting this time of year, try adding one regarding vegetables. It is definitely an attainable goal. Try to make some concrete goals instead of just having your goal be "eat more fruits and vegetables". Try one or two of the following:
- Add one extra cup of vegetables each day for a week
- Try a new vegetable each week
- Eat a serving of vegetables with every meal for a week
Some of our favorite vegetables include asparagus, cucumber, kale, spinach, and peppers. We find it easier to get our veggies in when we have a big salad or add them to our sandwiches/wraps.
This is such an important topic that SUBWAY and the American Heart Association teamed up to launch +color. Started in 2016, +color is an on-going initiative that encourages Americans to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet. Not only is it important to add fruits and vegetables to your diet but it's also important to know how they can benefit you.
According to a 2015 study in Circulation, young adults who eat more than five daily servings of fruits and vegetables may have less atherosclerosis than those who do not. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables has also been shown to reduce risk of stroke, certain types of cancer and risk of death from all causes. (Source)
Please read more about the initiative here.
We were excited to visit our local SUBWAY and put it to the test. We walked into SUBWAY and I immediately noticed the big pictures of vegetables lining the restaurant walls.
Another sign that caught my attention was the sign for rotisserie chicken.
The rotisserie style chicken and carved turkey have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. I knew I wanted to try this one! I ordered it on the multigrain flatbread and loaded it with tons of veggies. I was impressed with myself, it was so pretty. ;-) I added lettuce, tomato, cucumber, banana peppers, green peppers, and onion. Scott ordered the steak and cheese, also loaded with vegetables. They were both fresh and delicious! I didn't get a picture of Scott's because he ate it before I could (haha) but I did get a few of mine. It was bursting with so many vegetables it was very difficult to take a good picture. Take my word for it, they were both yummy!
SUBWAY offers 10 varieties of vegetables to help you reach the vegetable goal that you established. You can create your own custom sandwich or salad, which can offer up at least two extra servings of vegetables to your diet.
How do you plan on adding more vegetables to your diet?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of SUBWAY. All opinions are my own.