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10 Vegetable Recipes That Make Them Taste Heavenly

10 Vegetable Recipes That Make Them Taste Heavenly

Having a vegetable today keeps the doctor away, right? As a child we were all told to eat our vegetables by our parents. And had they tasted better we would have happily eaten them. Veggies don’t have to taste like they came straight from the ground; they can taste heavenly! It’s all about what you put on them. Whether you add sugar, oil, cover everything in breadcrumbs or other delicious ingredients your vegetables can taste super yummy. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to make something that we despised as a kid into something that makes your taste buds shout out in celebration! Check out these amazing recipes to make eating vegetables enjoyable!

1. Simmered Sugary Sweet Baby Carrots via Rachael Ray

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    Sweet, salty, and they take no time at all to make! This baby carrot recipe takes all the goodness of carrots and combines it with the salty sweetness that we all know and love. Eat them by themselves or as a side dish and they’re good either way. Definitely a hit for everyone!

    2. Roasted Parmesan Broccoli via Simply Scratch

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      We all love parmesan on our Italian food, so why not on our broccoli too? This recipe adds a cheesy taste to those vegetables we used to avoid at dinner. Because many of us can agree that cheese makes everything better!

      3. Veggie Tian via The Comfort of Cooking

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        This Italian tribute to summer vegetables will make your mouth water, and it won’t take you that long to make. All you need is a casserole dish and you’re halfway done. Your favorite sliced veggies just got a whole yummier and a whole lot cheesier!

        4. Spinach Pie via Latest Food

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          If it’s not good by itself, make it into a pie! This sun-inspired spinach filled pie will make any gathering a little brighter and much more delicious, and provides enough vegetable yumminess for everyone. And look how aesthetically pleasing it is!

          5. Balsamic and Brown Sugar Carrots via Food.com

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            For a tangy, sugary twist on carrots, this recipe fulfills both your savory and sweet cravings. Put aside your peeled carrots for something that will satisfy everyone’s preferences. This side dish is perfect for getting your vegetables in, no matter their age.

            6. Sweet Potato Chips via Heather’s Dish

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              Trade in your unhealthy potato chips for a new chip in town–the sweet potato chip! These are easy to make, have few ingredients, and are healthy! Put down your Lays and Ruffles for something much more satisfying to your taste buds.

              7. Spinach Smoothie via Iowa Girl Eats

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                If you don’t want to eat your veggies, drink them. This smoothie is sweet and filling, but is filled with veggies to keep you on your dietary track. And it’s perfect for busy days on-the-go when you still need to get your vegetables in!

                8. Crunchy Cauliflower via Going Cavewoman

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                  Cauliflower is good by itself, but with some crunch it is amazing. Add some bread crumbs and seasoning, and discover how good cauliflower can get. Don’t forget your dipping sauce!

                  9. Sesame Garlic Green Beans via Wishful Chef

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                    If you’re a big Asian-inspired food fan, look no further. With a little sesame and garlic, you’ll quickly turn green beans into everyone’s favorite. This green bean recipe takes an Asian turn that will make your taste buds celebrate!

                    10. Garlic Cherry Tomatoes via The Novice Chef

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                      Give those tiny tomatoes a little twist with some roasting and a splash of garlic! The contrast of the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and the bitter of the garlic will be a real hit!

                      Getting your recommended servings of vegetables doesn’t have to be a chore. With these delicious recipes you’ll actually look forward to getting your daily dose in. You might even eat more than you should! Play around with your ingredients and see what amazing vegetable creations you can come up with.

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                      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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