“Vegetables are nutrient-dense, meaning they are high in nutrients, but low in calories. They provide tons of volume, which means you can load up your plate and your stomach without hitting the calorie bank too hard, leaving room for treats! I eat them every day, multiple times per day! I add them in whenever possible.
“I love making an egg and veggie scramble for breakfast or a big-volume salad for lunch, full of different leafy, green vegetables with bell pepper, carrots, cucumber, and any vegetable I can add to it. I also love roasting vegetables, especially if I am going to reheat them for meal-prepped lunches. They keep their texture and flavor well when roasted.
“If you never eat vegetables, set a goal to add a serving of vegetables into one meal a day. Once you’ve mastered that habit, increase it to two meals a day. This will lead to more long-term success.” — Hilary Downey, 27, lost 75 pounds