Adding Vegetables to Your Day
Good Tuesday all. I hope you are doing well and life is treating you extra special.
How have you been coming along with your Baby Steps? Are you keeping up with your food journal? Have you created your own text-book? What about the artificial sweeteners – are you trying to break the habit? Last week we talked about becoming a label reader. Did you find some weird things when you started reading the ingredients list? Actually, today I found an ingredient that I didn’t know what it was. So, I looked it up and put the definition in my text book. It was Garam Masala. Turns out this is a blend of ground spices used in Indian cuisine and there is nothing weird about it. Look it up yourself and you will find out of which delicious spices it is made.
This week I want to encourage you to add vegetables to at least two meals a day and three would be best. Aw, come on. You can do this. Now, in the spring, is the easiest time to start incorporating more veggies into your meal plan. And I don’t mean a salad for every meal. I don’t know about you, but I get real tired of salads pretty quickly. So get inventive. Add a handful of spinach or carrots or kale to your smoothie. Wilt a little spinach in olive oil and add it to your scrambled egg. Make a vegetable lasagna, cook up a big pot of vegetable soup, or roast some veggies in the oven for a really easy way to add them to a meal. Also, those left over roasted veggies can be added to your smoothie the next day. You can always add a handful of baby lettuces to a sandwich, slice some tomatoes too. Or keep little grape tomatoes on hand and grab a few as a snack or use them instead of chips. Keep celery and carrots on hand for snacking and dipping in humus (also can count as a veggie and a protein). Find some new recipes that incorporate veggies. I like a thin piece of chicken breast that is rolled around asparagus and garlic butter and baked in an oven.
The veggies coming in season now are asparagus, artichokes, baby lettuces, and rhubarb. I have never cooked (or eaten) rhubarb. Perhaps I need to find a recipe and try it out? I don’t like to eat the same old thing (like lettuce and tomatoes and calling it a salad) over and over and I bet you don’t either. Variety is the spice of life they say. But I say change it up or I will get bored which leads me into my old unhealthy habits.
Now when you go shopping for vegetables have a recipe in mind. Otherwise you will buy things that catch your attention and when you get home and put them up, you won’t think about them again until it’s time to throw their lifeless, dead corpses in the garbage. I have wasted so much money buying food with good intentions and then never following through. Be smart when you shop and buy only what you know you will use within the next week or two. Hey, of course you can use frozen if you want something that is not in season, just read the label and make sure it has not been processed or had extra unwanted ingredients added.
A note of caution: you can use canned veggies but rinse them before you cook them. That will get rid of the extra sodium and preservatives that were added during the processing of the product.
Anyway, I hope you do add more vegetables to your daily meal plan. It will be a struggle for me because veggies are not my favorite things – I am a carnivore by choice and a fruit lover for sure. But I know that if I am going to eat cleanly, I must add more veggies to my life. I will!!! Will you join me?
Let me know how things are going with you in the comments. I’m on your team and I am rooting for your success.
Bye for now,