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Veggies! Give them a chance! There's lots to love!

I love food! I think it is a spice of life and I certainly don’t shy away from eating anything. When I counsel my clients, I educate them on healthy eating and how to manage their diets but also stress the importance of loving what they are eating and finding the balance to managing their goals but enjoying life.

The beauty of vegetables are that they are jam-packed with nutrients, taste and variety but are also typically low in calories. They are a natural go-to when cleaning up a diet but unfortunately are not thought of fondly. One of my goals as a consultant is to encourage my clients to try different recipes and find amazing tasting foods that they enjoy but that also fit into their diets. There are so many vegetables, ways to prepare them and spices to spruce them up to make them taste better than any other ‘junkfood’ one may be craving. We just have to be open to new foods, different recipes and spend a bit of time exploring.

To manage a healthy diet, I suggest my clients break down their food intake to 5-7 meals or snacks they consume throughout the day, all adding up to their total calories they should be consuming that day. Most snacks and meals will range between 150-300 calories. For anyone who has ever calorie-counted 150-300 calories doesn’t take you very far which is why filling dishes with veggies is a great way to not only keep within your calorie allowance but will fill you up and pack you with nutrients and water. Eating 5-7 times a day, most of my clients are never hungry and find it plenty of food. Now imagine staying on diet and being excited for every meal!

Here are a few of my favourite delicious veggie recipes that I’d throw a burger away for any day. I encourage you to spend a couple minutes exploring different options when meal planning, looking at menus when at restaurants for ideas and seeing what friends are making!

Radish, Cucumber Salad with a Yogurt Dill Dressing

Broccoli Salad with Toasted Almonds, Grapes and a Yogurt Dressing

Stewed Spiced Eggplant and Potatoes

Ackee and Saltfish in Lettuce Boats

Roasted Mushrooms with a sprinkle of Parmesan

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