So part of the Weekend Challenge this week is to determine what our biggest nutritional hurdle is. Then we were to find a Spark article about that hurdle, read it and write a blog about it.
I have to admit, I have several nutritional hurdles but I think the biggest is that I don't eat enough fruits and veggies. Oh don't get me wrong, I have days where I eat them and then I can go several days and not eat any.
So the article I found is: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
In the past, I would have said that I only ate a couple veggies (corn & peas). After talking with a Sparkfriend recently, I realized that I like others but I wasn't eating them. I needed to find ways to add freggies to my meals.
To some it might be common sense but if you aren't eating freggies on a regular basis, the tips in the article will expand your options for getting them in without having to eat a huge salad everyday. That is how I always thought I would have to do it. I like salad but everyday? No I don't think so! lol
Fruit really probably isn't an issue for me. I am more likely to eat fruit but I still can go days without fruit. I like frozen banana blended in the blender (banana ice cream). I like having grapes for a snack. I make smoothies with banana, frozen mixed fruit (pineapple, mango, peaches, & strawberries) and spinach with coconut or almond milk. Can you say YUM??
I have begun adding more veggies to meals that I already make. I did talk to my husband about it before I started hitting him with big changes. I invented a pasta dish with chicken sausage that included the following veggies: tomato, onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, & squash
Adding a veggie side to the meal is a way to get some veggies in. DUH!!! Wish I had thought of that one! Yeah I did that for certain meals but not on a regular basis. Adding extra veggies to soups or pasta dishes. I know, these are simple things but I had NEVER thought about it before. I was stuck in the side dish or salad rut.
I am now finding that I look at the produce section differently. I have purchased several veggies to try and coming up with ways to add different veggies to my meals is almost like a game. I got some kale to try! Yeah that is a new veggie to me so I am a bit nervous to try it. Will look up some recipes to try. I heard that kale chips are good. Might have to check that out! My husband is loving the food I am making and is willing to try whatever I make. SCORE!!!
I know that with the tips in the article, it will be easier to get those freggies in on a more regular basis.