Here's why mom always told you to finish your vegetables.

1. They fight bloat.  You'd think the opposite might be true, most vegetables actually do the opposite!  Veggies rich in fiber flush out waste and gastric irritants and prevent constipation by keeping the digestive tract moving. To ease that full feeling, try fennel, cucumbers, summer squash, romaine lettuce and tomatoes.

2. Vegetables create a youthful glow!  Want younger looking skin?  Vegetables prevent unwanted signs of aging and keep skin young and supple thanks to phytonutrients, vitamin C and high water content.  Choose brightly colored red and orange veggies for an added boost of beta carotene, which can give you a healthy glow as they protect against sun damage.

3. Veggies reduce stress.  Nutrients like magnesium and vitamin C are quickly depleted during stressful times.  Luckily, many vegetables contain these very nutrients, as well as tension-reducing omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins that fight anxiety and depression.  To reduce stress, try mushrooms, leafy greens, squash, potatoes, spinach or bok choy.


4. Vegetables protect your bones.  Tomatoes in particular have recently been connected to bone health.  Also good for your bones, kale, spinach, broccoli, green peas and artichokes.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES!  So there!  DaveT