June 17th marks National Eat Your Veggies Day; a day feared by children and lauded by parents alike. But veggies don't have to come in their boring, cookie-cutter, steamed shapes anymore. Nowadays, eating your vegetables can be creative and delicious, all while giving your body tons of benefits! It may be difficult for some of us to find the motivation to eat those pesky veggies, but here in Athens GA, delicious (and healthy) solutions are just around the corner!
Vegetables aren't the most glamorous food group, but they are one of the most important for your body's health. Make an attempt to eat around 2-3 cups of vegetables per day, per the U.S. Government's recommendation.
The good news: A diet rich in vegetables creates a reduced risk of heart disease and can protect against certain cancers. Veggies are low in fat and calories, and contain no cholesterol. Vegetables are also an important source of many nutrients, inlcluding: potassium, fiber, folate, and vitamin A and C.
For those looking for the best vegetarian eats in Athens, look no further than:
- The Grit, a world famous restaurant known for its vegetarian and vegan friendly menu.
Their food may be veggie based but don't get that confused with lacking taste. They do not season timidly; garlic, onions, peppers, vinegar, and other spices give their menu a delicious kick.
- The National, whose menu is more omnivorous-friendly, is also a perfect place to celebrate the day with their loaded Veggie Plate, which this week could include: quinoa, seared cabbed with bronze fennel and pepper vineagar, sauteed okra, carrot salad with salsa verde, pecans and feta, zucchini fritters with tzatziki, and great bean salad with hazelnut-caper relish.
- Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market has both ongoing favorites and seasonal specials for a discerning palate.
- Stop by Daily Groceries Co-Op to pick up goods for a wonderful vegetarian picnic or quick bite.
Even more Athens vegetarian restaurant options are found here.
Help the local economy with #BuyFreshBuyLocal through shopping at one of Athens' many markets throughout the week.
- The Sunday Center Market opened at The 440 Foundry Pavilion which is home to artists, farmers, food trucks, and live music on Sunday afternoons.
For more ideas on how you can celebrate National Eat Your Veggies Day, take a look at our Pinterest Page dedicated to Athens inspired recipes and creative ideas to help your incorporate more vegetables into your diet today and every day!