Nutrition Weight Loss

Weight Loss Tip #1

easy weight loss

Buy a few fresh veggies veggies at least once a week, then wash and chop them right when you get home from the store. 

(Another option: buy pre-washed, pre-cut veggies. This is more expensive and uses a lot more packaging, but if it means you’ll eat more vegetables, it’s probably worth it).

How will this help you lose weight? Because then you…

  • Have veggies ready for snacking when you’re starving and would otherwise reach for higher calorie foods
  • Can throw together a salad in minutes.
  • Don’t have to spend as much time making dinner every night.
  • Can quickly turn the veggies into any number of meals: soups, omelets, frittatas, sautés, etc.
  • Will end up eating more vegetables!
What are the best vegetables to buy?
  • For snacking: carrots, celery (store them in water after they’re cut), snap peas, snow peas, jicama, bell peppers, broccoli and cauliflower florets, fingerling potatoes (steam them for a few minutes in the microwave)
  • For salads: lettuce, baby spinach, kale or arugula, to which you can add any vegetable or fruit, small serving of protein (fish, chicken, meat, beans, tofu) plus a sprinkling of nuts, cheese, dried fruit, and a store-bought or homemade dressing. Some of my favorite salad ingredients: green onions, apples, pears, cucumbers, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, avocados, and beets. Here are my tips for making a great salad.
  • For cooking: carrots, celery, onions (chop a cup of each and use as a base for any soup, stew, or sauce), zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, squash, leafy greens, potatoes or sweet potatoes, and canned tomatoes.
One more tip:
  • Resist the urge to buy tons of produce every week, or it will likely go to waste. 3-4 fresh veggies should be plenty for snacks, salads, and meals. If you’re afraid you’ll run out or want to supplement these, keep a few bags of frozen vegetables in your freezer.

See you tomorrow for Day #2 of Weight Loss Week!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    nicole
    January 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    i’m taking this list to the store today! i’ve ended up in such a veggie rut recently, only grabbing the same few things at the store every week. resolution: veggie diversity!

    • Reply
      Amelia
      January 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      love this resolution!

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