Plan Basics

Eat Your Vegetables (and Fruits)!

What better time than summer to dive in to the bounty at local markets and farmstands? Here are some ways to enjoy their sun-warmed goodness.

Your mom was right: Vegetables are good for you! But you know that already—that veggies and fruit are rich in vitamins, fibre, and other nutrients that can help us feel satisfied. Then they're also chock full of antioxidants, which can keep cells healthy; and they're a better source of antioxidants than supplements are. We encourage you to eat them; that's why all fruit and most vegetables are zero SmartPoints value!

But even with all that good stuff going for them, fruits and vegetables don't get a lot of love: About 60 per cent of Canadiansdon't eat enough of them! As a Weight Watchers member, you're more likely to beat that figure, but even the most nutritionally savvy of us sometimes need a little extra nudge to get enough. The worksheet in your Weekly helps you see how to fit them into your day.

A couple of easy ideas: 

 

  • Add fresh berries to your morning oatmeal or chopped sautéed vegetables to an omelet.
  • Go beyond the basic lettuce-and-tomato for your lunch sandwich and choose peppery arugula, crisp romaine, or bittersweet kale, plus red-pepper slices or jicama.
  • Swap out crackers and chips for fresh-cut carrots, cukes, and red pepper dippers for your snack-time hummus.
  • Throw asparagus or carrots on the grill for your dinner side—and follow up with grilled peaches for dessert!