Remember the time your mother made you sit at the table until you finished your asparagus, and you sat for 3 hours and couldn't do it, and the only time she let you get up was to go pee and you were so traumatized by the smell that you vowed never to eat it again? Well it's time to get over that.
Wait, what? That didn't happen to you? You like asparagus? Oh, cool.... yeah, me too.
Vegetables are awesome, and fibrous, and dense, and we can eat a fuck-ton of them with mostly only benefit. Outside of their nutritional value, they add a kick of volume that you just can't get from other foods. Here's a secret:
Calories don't make you full. Volume makes you full.
Think about it. How many handfuls of nuts does it take to make you feel full? I know personally I can eat about 4 massive handfuls of nuts before I feel satisfied in the moment. Those 4 handfuls cost me about 1000-1200 calories.
Have you ever tried to eat 1000 calories of broccoli? It's because it's nearly impossible in one sitting. The sheer bulk after 500 calories would have you rolling on the floor.
**Side note - fuck hot dog and giant pizza eating contests (no shade though - I love hot dogs and pizza). The truly impressive contest would be 5 pounds of salad for time. Lets see how fast someone could do that. The volume would so much greater than hot dogs or pizza per pound and the persons stomach would have to be a literal balloon, and they'd be the true champion of the world. Yes, their ass would blow out for the next two week, but "true champion of the world" title... #worthit.
My point - veggies are the most voluminous, nutrient dense foods we can consume that make us feel full quickly.
So, your nutrition habit number 2 is:
Eat a serving of vegetables with 2 meals a day.
That's it. Nothing crazy.
If you want to do more, heck yes. Do it! I try to get them in with every meal. I know it's a stretch for a lot of folks, especially with kids because #asparagustrauma. But, the more vegetables you can incorporate into your food life, the more nutrients you get and satiation you'll feel with minimal calories.
created by the badass folks at Precision Nutrition that gives you steps to prepping and loving your vegetables. You can print that shit or save it on your computer.
We will also be sharing our favorite veggies and ways to prep and snack in the upcoming weeks. So get after it team!