Sponsored: Eating Vegetables
As a nation we are still doing a really poor job at eating our vegetables. Many of us don't even eat one serving a day! What's stopping us?
There's no rule that says you have to eat fresh vegetables! Frozen vegetables may be more economical and they're picked and frozen at peak ripeness so they are a good option. Canned vegetables also work.
Buy what's in season and economical! This may mean it makes more financial sense to buy frozen or canned -and that's fine.
Don't know how to prepare a certain vegetable? Look it up on-line! Check out the Ingles Markets website for "recipes", pick up a copy of the "Ingles Table" magazine available in the Ingls deli or just search for recipes that will interest your family.
Try new/different vegetables and different types of preparation.
If you've only had steamed broccoli - try roasting it in a hot oven with olive oil, salt and pepper instead. If you've only eaten red peppers cooked in a fajita - try them raw with a dip! If you've had raw carrots, try them roasted with honey and ginger or turn them into a soup.
Sources: For more ideas on how to prepare vegetables: https://fruitsandveggies.org/recipes/
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian