They can substitute for starchy root veges like potato or starchy grains like rice or cous-cous so you eat less. And you can add them to any grains you cook to create a half-grain, half-vege dish such as a green fried rice. These veges like capsicum, mushroom, celery, artichoke hearts ‘dilute’ down the final carbs you eat yet leave you feeling good. Which means if you replace other sources of food with these, you’ll lose a lot of weight!
By replacing high-density foods with low-density ones, you can stay full for longer and resist the temptation of having a food fest at each meal! Forget that myth about these low-carb or free veges being ‘negative calories’ meaning that they burn off more kilojoules or calories than they provide. They have so few kilojoules – like 15kJ or 5 cals from a stick of celery – that it doesn’t matter.
Having vegetables ready in your fridge can help you make healthier choices if you need a snack or need to make it another hour or two to the next meal. Plus a container of peeled carrots or celery sticks or cucumber lengths is quick to grab and munch on. For dieters, they’re a dream food.
Plus there’s new research saying that people who eat large serves of vegetables and fruit experienced “increased happiness, life satisfaction, and well-being.” Wow. Now that’s good news!