Happy Wednesday! I'm linking up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons because food is one of those things I really love about life. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a good crop of brussel sprouts at the grocery store -- which I spotted recently. And then I bought a truckload (OK, not really, but I would have if I could have eaten a truckload). I am really picky about how the produce looks. If it doesn't look good, I won't buy it.
Let's start with what I've been eating lately... after all, it is WIAW #32 for me!
First of all, I've been making an effort to snack on healthier things, like fruit (mmm oranges are so good right now):
And nuts... I like to buy raw nuts from the bulk section of the grocery store, roast 'em at home and toss 'em with a little butter, brown sugar, and chipotle powder, and salt. Delish!
And we pulled out the trusty spiralizer the other night and made some zoodles (zucchini noodles) to go with our meatballs & marinara sauce:
Eat More VeggiesSo let's talk veggies! This may be something that is one of your new year's resolutions: eat more veggies!
How can you get more veggies into your diet, especially in the winter, when some of the summer favorites (tomatoes, asparagus, bell peppers, and eggplant, just to name a few) may not be in season and/or available where you live?
#1 Roast Root VegetablesMy husband and I have learned that in the fall & winter, roasting veggies is a great alternative to grilling veggies (which is what we do in the summer) and it gives the veggies a great flavor. We also love roasting beets, green beans, cauliflower, and butternut squash. All the winter root vegetables (butternut squash, acorn squash, parsnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes) roast really well. Added bonus for turning on your oven in the middle of the winter: it warms up the house nicely!
#2 Put them in your Smoothies
Throw those greens in! Spinach, kale, wheat grass. Or if you're daring, romaine, arugula, you get the picture! Avocado also disappears into smoothies without affecting the flavor much.
#3 Start Every Meal with a Salad
Not only does starting your meal with a salad ensure that you're eating more greens, it will fill you up so you'll eat less of the main meal, which may not be as healthy.
#4 Build the Rainbow on Your Plate
If you focus on ensuring there is a multitude of colors on your plate, you'll most likely reach for more vegetables. Where is the best place to get food in colors like red, yellow, and purple? (I hope you didn't list your favorite chip/cracker/other processed food). I made this pizza and it was soooooo yummy. And can you see the rainbow?
Are you trying to eat more plants? What is your favorite way to ensure you eat more veggies?