Preparing any meal can be a difficult task.  Sometimes, preparing a healthy meal is even more difficult because you have the added pressure of making it good for you and taste good for you at the same time.  Many people are under the misconception that eating healthy usually tastes horrible, but after reading this article you will know that the opposite is true.  Incorporating healthy food has never tasted so good.

Here are some amazing side vegetable dishes guaranteed to make anyone start eating healthy and also ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need for a balanced diet.

The first thing that you need to do is to find a variety of vegetables that are full of vitamins and minerals to enhance the benefits of your diet. Here are some lists of vegetables that are full of the good stuff that promotes your healthy body.

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1. Coniferous vegetables such as broccolli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts or cabbage are full of phytonutrients which promote immune boosting for your body. Vitamin C & K, Folic acid, Potassium, Calcium and iron are the main ones found in these vegetables.  I love roasting brocolli and cauliflower in the oven drizzelled with olive oil and sea salt.  The end result is a taste different than steaming or boiling can give you.  Brocolli is excellent as a side to filet mignon.

2. Carrots are an amazing vegetable that is known to protect against cancer but also helps improve our eyesight due to the carotenoids and Vitamins found it them.  Carrots are also high in fiber (in their raw form), vitamins B&C, potassium, magnesium and folate.

I love to make carrot sweet potato soup.  I sauté 1/2 cup of carrots, diced up sweet potato, 1 diced leek in 1 tbs of coconut oil, add in 1tbsp of crushed ginger and add in a 1tsp of nutmeg.  Sautee all together.  Once veggies are soft.  Put ½ cup of vegetable or chicken broth in a vitamix, add veggies, and blend until smooth.  Add sea salt to taste.  I love to sauté some shrimps in coconut oil, and add them as a protein source for this soup. You will love this soup.

3. Green leafy vegetables– are full of nutrients such as iron, potassium, calcium, carotenoids, and vitamins B,C, E and K.  Some of our favorite examples leafy vegetables are spinach, kale and bok choy.  We love using kale and spinach in soups and salads, or we sautee them in 1 tsp of coconut oil and sea salt.

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4.  Beans are also high in calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.  Beans can be added to any soups, or salads.  Bean salad is an easy way to add beans into a great tasting side dish.  Add your favorite beans to a bowl, we like chickpeas, kidney beans, and black beans.  Chop up some onion, peppers, celery, and diced carrot, cilantro, olive oil and apple cider vinegar.  You can also add 1 teaspoon of cane sugar to balance out the vinegar.  This is a great addition to any protein.

5. Sweet potatoes and yams are an absolutely favorite in our house, not only because they are high in carotenoids, but also because they are full of vitamins and minerals.  Sweet potatoes are very rich in vitamins A, B6, C, potassium, iron and fiber. I usually bake about 6 on a cookie sheet, and use them throughout the week.

This amazing vegetable can be used in your shakes, soups or just as a side veggie.  I love the way sweet potato fries taste on the side of some grilled chicken.  Cut up the sweet potatoes into the shapes of potato chips or French fries, drizzle them with coconut oil and sprinkle sea salt over them.  Bake and enjoy the most delicious side you have ever tasted.

6. Bell Peppers-are full of magnesium, fiber, manganese and vitamins.  Many people are used to seeing these colorful veggies in salads or stir-fry’s.  One of my favorite ways of preparing them are grilling them on the barbeque until they are burnt, peeling the skin off them when they cool down and marinating them with olive oil and sea salt.  I love pairing this side with a freshly grilled whole fish-such an easy light meal for a hot summer day.

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All of these wonderful vegetables will provide you with a great addition to any protein.  All of these vegetables can be found at your local supermarket or even in your backyard.  Cooking has never been so easy!  These simple recipes will not only make sure you are getting the most out of your meals but they will also provide you with various vitamins and minerals guaranteed to make you even more healthy!

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