Tuesday was “Eat the Rainbow” day for the Lindsay’s Elf4Health challenge. In addition, the Holiday Sweat Challenge was offering a bonus point for eating 9 fruits and veggies. As an added incentive, Beer Geek was working in the office, which meant lunch was definitely going to be brussels sprouts. (Yes, I can only eat them when he’s not home…)
Breakfast: oatmeal with almond butter and berries
Snack: cauliflower with red pepper hummus
Lunch: Brussels sprouts with ham, blue cheese and walnuts (OMG, so good!) and Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger wrapped in lettuce (Just microwave your brussels sprouts for about 3 minutes and then toss them under the broiler with walnuts for a few minutes. Remove from oven and add some blue cheese (and ham or bacon if you like meat). I could eat this every day, but Beer Geek hates the smell LOL.)
Dinner: Chicken stuffed with broccoli, salad, and quinoa topped with salsa
1. Make sure you include veggies or fruits in your breakfast
- have a smoothie
- add veggies to an omelet
- add berries or other fruit to your oatmeal or cereal
2. Eat two veggies at your meals
- eat a second veggie instead of a carb
- add veggies to your carb
- have a cooked veggie and a salad
3. Make meat a condiment (or leave it out entirely)
- make a veggie a stir fry
- soup is a great way to combine LOTS of veggies (Here are some of my veggie friendly soups!)
- replace meat with mushrooms or eggplant or some other “meaty” veggie in a standard casserole
4. Sneak in veggies
- Salsa is my most frequently used condiment. I’ll flavor my rice, quinoa, or potato with it. I mix it with a bit of Greek yogurt as a salad dressing, I dip my veggies in it, I add it to soup for a little kick. Seriously, I think we go through a jar every other day.
- Use veggies cut as noodles instead of pasta
- Use cauliflower as rice or pizza crust (here’s a great pizza crust recipe)
5. Have fruit for dessert. I admit it – I’ve got a HUGE sweet tooth! Given a choice, I’d eat chocolate at every meal. Or as the meal.
- Spread a little almond butter on an apple or banana.
- Cook a pear or apple with a little cinnamon and walnuts.
- Must have chocolate? Melt a few chocolate chips and drizzle them over berries or a banana
How do you get more fruits and veggies into your life? All tips welcome!
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