Daily Dose of Coach #252: The Veggie Struggle

Getting the right amount of vegetables in your diet can be a struggle. The goal for men is 6-8 fist-sized servings of vegetables a day and woman 4-6.

Vegetables are something that I'm not good at. For one, I did not grow up eating, so I never became apart of my diet. Second, like many of you, I don't find them the most satisfying thing to eat. And last, trying to get my kids to eat vegetables is like pulling teeth. So preparing two different meals isn't always the most convenient thing in the world.

But just like the old, I don't have time to workout excuse; this is the same thing. What is important is what gets done. And vegetables are an essential part of health and a healthy diet.

So I wanted to share with you some simple ways I try to get 6-8 servings of vegetables in a day. I'm not always great at this, but this is my base game plan. It doesn't involve lavish recipes or ways to prepare them. Like everything in my life, I try to simplify it as much as possible.

Breakfast: I add spinach or kale to a morning smoothie. Or, sometimes I add chopped tomatoes, mushrooms and or onions to my eggs.

Snacks: Celery sticks, baby carrots, sweet red, yellow, and orange peppers. Sometimes I dip them in hummus. Sometimes I eat them with nothing.

Lunch: I try to have some type of salad for lunch. I don't take the time to make them, but buy a lot of premade salads. I try to vary between spinach, kale, and lettuce. I also try to get as many vegetables as I can within the salad.

Dinner: I'm a big frozen veggie person. They are not only great for quick add-ons to your meals, but also work as ice-packs for my kids when they slam their heads and knees into things. I add olive oil and maybe some vinaigrette to foods like broccoli or mixed veggies. This helps with adding a little taste.

Eating Out: Wherever I eat out, I try to get a meal that can supply at least one fist-size portion of vegetables. Even if you order a cheeseburger, the lettuce, and tomato count.

So there is my very basic way of trying to get my 6-8 servings of veggies a day. I'd love to hear how you get your veggies. I'd be happy to learn how you make this less boring, more fun, and more tasteful.