I’m always curious as to how I can easily improve my health, and I know one of the most powerful ways to improve health is by choosing what to eat. I know variety is the spice of life and that includes a wide variety of vegetables. So we eat on average 21 meals in 7 days (unless you’re intermittent fasting….more on that in another post) and I want to review the current variety of vegetables I eat in an average week and see if I fall short of 21 different vegetables. So here goes

  1. Baby spinach
  2. Cucumber
  3. Tomato
  4. Broccoli
  5. Beetroot
  6. Sweet potato
  7. Alfalfa sprouts
  8. Pumpkin
  9. Sweetcorn
  10. Rocket
  11. Snow peas
  12. Onion
  13. Mushrooms
  14. Zucchini
  15. Carrots

So I’ve listed my most common vegetables that I would purchase on an average week (mainly organic) and I’m eating two thirds of the concept of 21 different vegetables in a week! This makes me think what can I add to improve this variety. Here goes:

  1. Capsicum
  2. Squash
  3. Asparagus (although seasonal)
  4. Spring onion
  5. Aubergine/eggplant
  6. Bean sprouts
  7. Bok choy
  8. Kale
  9. Cabbage
  10. Cauliflower

So if you have a think about your usual favourite vegetables you buy/grow on a weekly basis, are you getting close to a variety of 21 vegetables? What extra/different veggies might you add to your weekly shop to increase the variety?
And why is it recommended to have a wide variety of vegetables in our nutritional intake?

Well each different vegetable provides different nutritional benefits to us, so to optimise our cellular needs through what we eat, we need a good variety of vegetables on a regular basis.