Time for the 2021 Veggie Challenge! If you listened to Chris and I talk about our goals for this year in episode 74 of the Fit, Strong Women Over 50 Podcast (Tracking and Motivation – Three Year Anniversary Podcast, you may remember that we discussed reviving our veggie challenge. I believe I said that we’d get something organized to start in February.
We last did a Veggie Challenge in 2019. If you’re trying to find ideas for this challenge, just search on this site for veggie challenge and you’ll see lots of recipes and ideas
2021 Veggie Challenge
We’re going to make this simple this year. We all know that we’re supposed to be eating more vegetables, well, unless you’re following the carnivore diet. Obviously, do what feels best for you.
This challenge is going to be up to each individual. Here are the options that you can commit to:
- Trying new vegetables, perhaps once a week or even once a month.
- Testing a new recipe for a vegetable that you’re already eating
- Adding one or more servings of vegetables to your current way of eating
Of course, you can make the commitment to try all three.
I know when we did the Veggie Challenge a couple years ago, I ran out of steam on finding and preparing new vegetables. I was already eating a good variety of vegetables, so it became difficult to find new ones.
There are ways to expand the vegetables you eating. If you eat carrots, you can try buying a bag of rainbow carrots and see how they compare to the standard orange carrots.
If you normally roast your vegetables, you can try a new way of cooking. I found myself recently making some new soup recipes to try to expand how I cook certain vegetables.
When you have a meal, consider if there’s a way to add an extra serving of vegetables. Even if you’re making a salad, perhaps you can add an extra ingredient. So, it doesn’t have to be a huge change.
We’re going to start the 2021 Veggie Challenge now and see how long we can keep it going. Please feel free to join us and be sure to share your veggie achievements with us.