Eat More Veggies Challenge

This Week’s Challenge: Eat a serving of veggies at every meal.

Thanks to the FEMALE IQ RESET, a 21 day program designed by Laura and I that uses the concept of “crowding out” to slowly eliminate health saboteurs like sugar and add more nutritious foods like fresh veggies to your diet, I am rethinking vegetables and Female IQ challenges you to do the same.

(Photo courtesy of WebMD.)

I will admit I was in a food rut until recently. I was basically going through the motions when it came to getting my daily intake of veggies by eating to-go salads, microwaveable bags of broccoli florets, and frozen cauliflower rice. But, when we asked a group of 10 women to be our beta test group for the FEMALE IQ RESET, I knew it was time to re-stoke the fiery passion I once had for vegetables.

So we began experimenting and we found 10 easy ways to eat more veggies:

  1. Pre-sauté nightshades like onions and peppers and greens like spinach and kale to have on hand to add to scrambled eggs, home-made pizza (try Live Life on the Veg cauliflower pizza crust), and grilled sandwiches (try Scharr gluten-free bread).
  2. Pre-roast veggies like broccoli, garlic, cauliflower, tomatoes and peppers. Just toss with some olive oil and salt and pepper, put on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Combine with lightly sautéed pre-spiralized zucchini, butternut or yellow squash and roasted red pepper sauce, or simply serve with a lean protein like baked salmon.
  3. Make a big batch of veggie soup. You can roast cauliflower and then blend with 3-4 cups of a non dairy milk like almond milk, 1-2 tablespoons of ghee or coconut oil, curry, and salt and pepper, heat, and top with crushed cashews. You can steam broccoli and blend with nutritional yeast, 1 cup milk, 1-2 cups cottage cheese, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper, heat, and top with grated cheddar cheese to make a broccoli cheese soup. And you can check out the raw vegan soup we feature in What You Drinking? Episode 32.
  4. Cut raw veggies like celery, carrots, and cucumber to have on hand for a snack.
  5. Get a food dehydrator (I love the Food Ninja Air Fryer because it has several easy, quick cooking options) and start experimenting with homemade kale or carrot chips.
  6. Make Female IQ’s Paleo tortillas by whisking 6 eggs, add salt and pepper, chia/flaxseeds, and 1 small container of sprouts. Heat a small pan with coconut oil, and using a soup laddle pour the mixture into the hot pan. When it starts to bubble flip and cook for ~1 more minute, making a tortilla that can be used to make a turkey-avocado wrap or any other high-performance meal.
  7. Try fermenting your own vegetables. All you need is a 1-quart wide lip mason jar, plastic lid, sea salt, water, and patience (about 4 days).
  8. Make fries. Everyone loves fries and they are easy to make if you bake quartered sweet potatoes or zucchini.
  9. Make your bun a veggie bun. Romaine, bibb lettuce, and cabbage leaves all double as a nutrient-dense bun. Online, you can also find recipes for sweet potato, eggplant, and portobello mushroom buns.
  10. Start juicing. Thanks to the Nutribullet, juicing is easy to make and clean up. Channel your inner Beaker and experiment with mixing fruits and veggies.

Sending U Good “Q”— Becca and Laura

Hours We're always down to "Q-it up!"
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