We know we should make eating vegetables a priority, yet many of us struggle with fitting enough of them into our meals. One meal that often lacks vegetables is breakfast. Although many cultures embrace vegetables for all meals, Americans have largely excluded this important food group from the first meal of the day. The typical breakfast, if eaten at all, includes highly processed items that satisfy the sweet tooth but sabotage our health. We can replace these products with whole plant-based foods that truly feed our bodies and minds. Seize the day – and your well-being -- with breakfast vegetables.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has observed that people who eat higher amounts of dietary fiber have fewer chronic diseases. Increased consumption of dietary fiber appears to lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. Fiber intake also correlates to lower body weight. The American Heart Association suggests that we should consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day from a variety of food sources. However, American adults only consume 15 grams a day. Including vegetables first thing is an easy way to boost fiber intake and get more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals from plant-based foods.
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