Fresh Is Best With Vegetables But Then What?

We’ve always heard that “Fresh is Best”, and this is true when purchasing vegetables. Vegetables should be purchased in this order.

First Fresh

Always try to buy vegetables that are in season. Don’t be afraid to try some vegetables you’ve never heard of. Most people stick to their favorites and venturing out of the regular few scares them. There are over 150 different vegetables. Chose fresh from local farmer markets, farm stands, and co-ops whenever possible. Better yet grow your own.

Second Frozen

Vitamins in frozen vegetables are diminished but mineral are still packed into them. When vegetables are out of season resort to home grown frozen and then store bought packages. Remember to buy brands that do not add salt or sugar.

Third Canned

Canned vegetables are good in a pinch or an emergency. Try to use these as a last resort. Most canned vegetables have way too much salt and sugar added.

Summer is prime time to take advantage of many different veggies. One of my favorite ways to enjoy veggies in soup. Below you will find and easy Vegetable Soup Recipe. Onr of my other favorites in Acorn Squash Soup. Share your favorite veggies recipe with the us and don't forget to take a picture.

Vegetable Soup

2 Tablespoons avocado oil

1 onion, chopped

3-4 garlic cloves

2-3 large carrots, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and cut up

6-8 cups vegetable and chicken broth

2 zucchini, chopped

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon chives

1 teaspoon marjoram

Salt to taste

4 cups kale, chopped

Sauté onion, garlic, carrots and celery in avocado oil until all vegetables are soft. Add tomatoes and vegetable and chicken broth. Simmer 15-20 minutes.

Add zucchini, spices, and kale and cook for 10 more minutes.

About the author

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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