The Myth Of The Stay-Away-From Veggies

September 22, 2014

The Myth Of The Stay-Away-From Veggies

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At the start of my fitness journey, I had convinced myself that there were certain veggies to stay away from because they weren't beneficial for fat loss/all sugar/too high in carbs.

Well, cut to two years later and I've learned that it's ok to not fear some of said veggies.

Multiple trial and errors along with some good ol' fashioned research, I've put together a short list of veggie myths for you. Read on to see if your fave made the list. Mine did (cough cough, WHITE POTATOES!).

A Short List of Veggie Myths – Just For You!

White Potatoes

white potatoes

The myth for this is that it's pure starch, bad sugars, or straight up carbs.

Well, potatoes are actually GREAT (as long as you don't top them with sour cream, cheese, and bacon, I know, I know...).

An entire medium baked potato only comes in at around 150-170 calories and is packed with fiber. Plus, the skin of the potato is also loaded with potassium (aka a blood pressure lower-er).

How to eat it: Boil or bake potato until it's fully cooked through. Split it open, top with chicken and some salsa for a well-balanced meal. OR, cut raw potato into cubes, toss with olive oil, garlic powder, and pepper. Bake for around 30-35 minutes on 400 degrees until golden brown and slightly crispy. MMMM!



This one made me sad at first because I love corn salsas or corn on the cob. I love all things Mexican food and many recipes involve corn.

Well, the good news is that corn is awesome.

It's a common misconception that corn is just bad sugars when in fact, corn has the kinds of sugars that are good for you (not high fructose corn syrup which has no nutrients!). Corn is also loaded with fiber and B-vitamins which regulates blood levels.

How to eat it: Make corn salsa (my FAVORITE). Toss together fresh corn (or canned, rinsed, OR frozen, thawed), chopped tomatoes, chopped green peppers, kidney or black beans, and toss with some fresh cilantro.

Iceberg Lettuce

iceberg lettuce

I'm pretty sure that this is my favorite kind of lettuce to have in a nice Chef's Salad so I was upset to hear that there were "no nutrients" in it.

However, I heard wrong.

Iceberg lettuce has vitamin A (good for your eye sight). Iceberg lettuce is also high in vitamin K which aids in bone strength.

How to eat it: It's lettuce! Throw it into a salad with some balsamic vinaigrette and top with your favorite protein and veggies. VOILA!

What are some veggie myths you’ve heard of?

Let's expose 'em!!! 

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