Here I am at our local Farmer’s Market right in Rockefeller Center at the heart of Manhattan.  This Farmer’s Market runs Monday thru Fridays during the summer and is a great spot to visit during my lunch break.

Veggies are low in calories and loaded with micronutrients, fiber, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals…so go ahead and eat them until your heart’s content (exceptions: starches such as white potatoes and corn)…I eat a vast array of the rainbow in unlimited veggies each and everyday.  What’s the secret? Keep your veggies exciting by incorporating them into your morning smoothie, afternoon salad, evening soup and snack time crudites.

Start your breakfast, lunch and dinner with a serving of vegetables such as a large salad or crudites to increase nutrient intake and help control your appetite.

Dark Leafy Greens-

Bursting with Vitamins A, K and C, folate, magnesium, manganese, calcium and fiber.  Health Boosts: May promote eye health thanks to carotenoids (a group of pigments found mainly in green leafy veggies, tomatoes and carrots) and fight cancer.

Bok Choy-

Contains Vitamin C, folate, fiber and Calcium.  Health Boost: May help promote bone health and support immunity.

Brussels Sprouts-

Full of Vitamins A, K and C, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and Vitamin B6.  Health Boost: Linked to reduce cancer risk, especially colon and breast cancers.


Full of folate, fiber and Vitamin C.  Health Boost: Helps with weight control and may help boost the immune system.

Bean Sprouts-

Soaring with Vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and protein.  Healthy Boost: May boost satiety and assist in weight management.

Red Bell Peppers-

Chock full of Vitamins C, A, B6 and K, fiber, folate and manganese.  Health Boost: May promote heart health.  Vitamin C supports immunity; cartenoids may decrease risk of certain types of cancer.

What are your favorite vegetables and how do you incorporate them into your day?

And Now For My Giveaway:

I’m picking 2 lucky readers to win a package from Element Bars, a website that lets you create your very own bar with the ingredients of your choice.

To Enter: Leave me a comment on this post telling me what kind of Element Bar you would create.  I will pick 2 lucky winners on Friday, August the 20th at 5PM EST.

Good Luck!

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  1. Wow, I just had a blast building my own energy bar. I am a fitness instructor/personal trainer, and am constatnly running from one gym to the next. I often have to rely on energy bars for fuel. It would be so nice to control exactly what goes in to my bar.

    I would make a Pro Fuity blueberry bar with apricots, cranberries, flaxseed, soy protein, and antioxidants!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Lauren; these bars are great especially because you can pick n’ choose your ingredients! Have a great day and be sure to let me know if you try them…I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  2. since I was in a stop-and-get-some-fresh-veggies-on-your-way-home kinda mood I picked up brussel sprouts on the way back from work. I LOVE brussel sprouts but i don’t know too many ways to prepare them. Can you give me any suggestions? I made them today by roasting them (good just like that) and made an apple cyder reduction to finish cooking them in. it was REALLY good but like i said, i dont know very many other ways that are different. Everything I find online is some variation of roasting them the same ways.

    1. I love roasting Brussels Sprouts in the oven with chili powder, honey and sea salt….that is one of my favorites. I also enjoy roasting them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar too!

  3. I loved this post! What a great and succinct capture of all our lovely greens! I love me a good green!
    As for the Element bars, how cool are they? That is so great! I would do an oaty core with soy protein, blueberries, flax and almonds, like oatmeal in a bar!!