Beans and Potatoes

by Harold

Visitor Question:

I don't like any veggies but beans and potatoes. How can I eat healthy when I don't like anything but pinto beans and potatoes?

Lifetime Fat Loss Answers:

You can't. This is just basic science. Your body requires specific nutrients to operate properly, just like your car requires gas and oil and regular maintenance to last any length of time. If you want to be healthy you need to get acquainted with vegetables that have colors like green, red and yellow. What about vegetable juices? You could start out drinking V8 juice and then gradually you'll probably start craving a variety of vegetables. For more information about the nutrition in vegetables read here.

And there's always fruit. Everybody likes fresh fruit which has lots of minerals and antioxidants! Even if you aren't eating a lot of vegetables yet, you can get a lot of nutrition in fruit. Read here for information about the nutrition in fruit. Buy what's in season in your area from a fruit stand and snack on fresh fruit.

Do you think it's possible you've never really experienced great cooking with vegetables or a really great salad? You might start out just adding some veggies to food, like meat, that you already like. What about trying stir fry by heating just a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over medium to high heat. The idea is to cook the food fast because it's in small pieces and to stir constantly so nothing burns.

Chop up 1/4 of an onion into little pieces and add to the pan and stir around. Then you could throw in your favorite meat cut into 1" pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir this around until it's almost done. Remove from the heat and add a few handfuls of raw spinach that you bought already washed from a bin at the grocery store. Put it back on the heat, stir around and place on a lid. Let that cook just a few minutes more until the spinach is wilting.

Turn off the heat and add your favorite seasonings. This is a painless way to add some veggies to your diet. The spinach and onions will add lots of flavor but the "green" affect is quite mild. You will have added a lot of phytonutrients and fiber in the greens and onion.

This is what I call "quick and dirty" stir fry. If you want to get fancy you could marinade the meat for 20 minutes in soy sauce and cooking sherry and once you are feeling more adventurous try other veggies like mushrooms or bell peppers sliced thin or other greens, like swiss chard or cabbage.

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