Get your 4 cups of veggies a day!

Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.  ~Jim Davis

On the cinch diet every meal includes whole grains, like a 1/2 of a pita or a 1/2 cup of pasta.  With the whole grains the diet calls for 2 cups of veggies for lunch & dinner.  I’ve found myself at times frustrated that the vegetables just don’t work or fit with the size of the whole grain.  So, I started snacking on carrots & celery while I make dinner so I can cut back on the veggies in the meals where it just doesn’t fit.  It’s great because as you are making your lunch or dinner you may be hungry and this helps you not grab some salty chips.  I also love the crunchiness.

Salads are easy to get the recommended amount but 2 cups of veggies stuffed into half of a pita just doesn’t work.  The author, Cynthia Sass, recommends having the veggies on the side.  This is just an alternative.

Another way to get the 4 cups of veggies into your meals each day is to grill the vegetables.  It shrinks them down so they fit better if you are stuffing a pita.  I’ve started using my Panini maker that I’ve only used about twice a year before.  I love grilled red peppers so much I can just eat them plain.  They are also great thrown into a ziplock and chopped up later & used on tacos or salads.


I love vegetables but 4 cups a day is a challenge to fit into your life.

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