Remember to eat your vegetables

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 31, 2015

In an effort to stay healthy, I bring my lunch to work everyday.
Although fast food restaurants provide a convenient and quick way to grab lunch on the go, the meals, for me, are too much to eat during the day.
I would most probably have to grab a nap after ingesting so many calories.
So, I feel my go-to lunch is more beneficial to my health.
My daily lunch usually consists of raw vegetables including carrots, broccoli, celery, apples, dried almonds and maybe a piece of cheese.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “that can’t be enough,” but it keeps me feeling full until my afternoon coffee break.
My mom always told me to eat my vegetables when I was I kid and my pediatrician told her to feed me the green variety.
That practice could be where my love for vegetables began. I mostly like them raw. For instance, I’m not a big fan of cooked carrots, but put a big bowl of steamed collard greens in front of me and I will eat the whole bowl.
I’ve always heard that carrots were good for vision. However, considering I have worn glasses since the age of 5, I don’t find this benefit to be true, in my humble non-medicinal opinion.
According to, carrots are rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, fiber, potassium, manganese, phosphoruous, magnesium and zinc.
The article also states that eating carrots may decrease the risk of certain cancers, including leukemia. According to a 2011 study, carrot juice extract was shown to kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression, the website states.
After eating my lunch, I tend to feel refreshed and ready to start the second half of my day.
Vegetables are an excellent source of so many nutrients, too many to name here.
In closing, I hope you all stay well and remember to eat your vegetables.

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