Vegetables for breakfast

by Jay Hiller, August 2, 2022

Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash

I eat vegetables for breakfast more often than I don’t. This is something I started doing 3 years ago after reading the book, Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss by Georgie Fear (Page Street Publishing Co., Salem, MA 2015). Besides having a great name, Ms. Fear is a registered dietician and professional nutrition coach and this is one of the best books about nutrition and weight loss I’ve ever read. The 5th lean habit is to eat two to three cups of vegetables with each meal, including breakfast. I personally haven’t found it that difficult to do, but how does it work practically, particularly for breakfast?

First of all, there are a number of cultures around the world, where this is not a radical idea. I already knew that people in Israel eat salad for breakfast and just a quick internet search-and-skim told me that it’s not unusual to have vegetables in the morning in Japan either. For me, admittedly someone who is not that great at planning ahead for meals, bagged prewashed salads and frozen vegetables are my go to. And in my search-and-skim, I found a link to 16 ways to Eat Vegetables for Breakfast:

But why should we do this? According to Ms. Fear, “high vegetable intake has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.” Vegetables have phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fiber and are low in calories. Her suggestions for reducing any gastrointestinal discomfort include cooking vegetables thoroughly and over-the counter products such as Bean-o. Give it a try and please, tell me what you think. I’m interested.

Vegan Cookbook I mentioned a post or two ago:

I like this cookbook, The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook by Nisha Vora (Penguin Random House LLC, 2019), not only because it was a gift from my daughter, but the recipes are uncomplicated and delicious. My favorites so far are the spicy golden mylk (page 105) and Rosemary and Garlic White Beans (page 125). My daughter really liked the Garlicky Broccoli with Orange Zest and Almonds (page 155) and it’s on my list of things to try–maybe for breakfast. Thank to the reader who asked about it.

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Have you tried veggies for breakfast? How did it go?

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