In December, a few of my patients asked me to do a food-focused challenge on Instagram for January.I know it’s prime time for diet culture-y “Clean Eating” challenges (eye-roll), so I definitely didn’t want to do that, so instead, this month I’m encouraging you to focus on what to add IN.
I say this all the time: research has shown the benefits of getting more plants on the plate, but veggies are an area a lot of people struggle to meet their needs. So in January, I’m challenging you to fill half your plate or bowl with non-starchy veggies for at least one of your meals for 20 days—it can be on any 20 days in January. I’ve created a highlight in my profile for the “January Veggie Challenge” where you can find the graphic to screenshot and post in your stories.To participate, all you need to do is share it with a picture or check mark for each day and tag me. I can’t wait to see! Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a raffle prize.
Each Friday in January I’ll be sharing a veggie-rich recipe for inspiration along the way, but to get you started, here are a few easy ideas for inspiration:
-Add chopped veggies to an omelet or scrambled eggs.
-Grate zucchini and add it to salads, soups, and sauces. It’s also great in oatmeal.
-Add dark leafy greens and tomatoes to a sandwich.
-Start your meal with a simple salad.
-Swap cauliflower rice for regular rice or go half-and-half.
-Pair a broth-based vegetable soup with half a sandwich or small salad for lunch.
-Roast a big sheet of your favorite vegetables on the weekend to add to meals through the week.
-Add spinach to a smoothie.
To participate, all you need to do is share a picture of your creation and tag me in your Instagram stories/posts. I can’t wait to see what you make! Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a raffle prize.
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