Healthy Eating Tips: Eating more Vegetables

Healthy Eating Tips: Eating more Vegetables


Hi there. My name is Kathleen
and I’m the dietitian here at the university
of Ottawa heart institute. So today we are going to talk
a little bit about vegetables and the importance of trying
to eat regular vegetables and trying to
have them on a daily basis. Health Canada recommends aiming
for seven to ten servings of vegetables
and fruit in a day. Now of those you want at least
four of them to be vegetables. We know that people who eat
enough vegetables and fruit during the day, they have
lower rates of heart disease, diabetes,
certain types of cancers and other chronic diseases, so
there’s lots of health benefits to eating vegetables. However, one of the
best reasons to eat vegetables is that they
actually taste good. So, some people will say to me,
“I find it really hard to get vegetables or I buy vegetables
and I put them in my crisper, and then, I throw them out
at the end of the week.” So if that’s something
you struggle with, you want to
find ways to make it easy. So one of the easy ways
to increase your intake of vegetables
is to have them available. So one of the things
you can do to make them really accessible is roast them. And roasted vegetables will keep
in your fridge for a few days and they are a great thing
you can add to pastas, you can add them to sandwiches,
you can have them as is, there is lots of things you
can do with roasted vegetables and they are super easy to do. So all you do is
take whatever vegetables you have got in your fridge. Today I happen to have here
some red peppers, some zucchini, some onions, you toss them
with a bit of olive oil, preheat your oven to about 450, slide them in,
anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes, and then you take them out
and you are good to go. Stick them in a Ziploc
container or a Ziploc bag, put them in the fridge and you are ready to
eat them all week long.