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Freggies ~ My Biggest Nutritional Hurdle - A BLC 20 Assignment

Sunday, September 23, 2012

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:

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.
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    I love F & V too but I often fail to eat enough. I put fruit on my oatmeal or cherrios. I put spinach and fruit in my 3 pm smoothie. Lately, I have been steaming fresh broccoli...ALOT!! My husband loves it and has even stopped putting so much butter on it.
    My plan is to drive to a different grocery store to get veggies. The ones at my local market, Walmart, don't look fresh OR appetizing!!
    I think this challenge is great and think I am going to introduce it to my Sparkteam if you don't mind my doing that.
    Sorry I've been a little MIA lately---just busy and not posting like I should be.

    1997 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/27/2012 11:23:06 PM
    I love F & V. My problem is trying to eat enough meat. Just not big on meat, but not a vegetarian! Keep up the good work! Kale is one veggie I have never tried. Might have to sometime. Mangos are a fruit that I hadn;t tried before. Now that I have I think they are delicious! But not too fun peeling them. lol
    1997 days ago
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    I can slip up with fruits and veggies too
    1998 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    you are doing well keep it up
    1998 days ago
    You'll get used to all the ways of adding freggies to meals (like, it took me a while to realize that cooking chicken or pork with apples/pears/peaches/apricots/etc. is actually really delicious too? It's not just veggies that can go in the stewpot or roasting pan or saute pan...mmmmm). Honestly, I really do eat a spinach salad every day for lunch - I don't get tired of it as long as I change up my dressings all the time! But I didn't always eat enough veggies...yet now I can't imagine a meal without vegetables these days. And I always add more than whatever the recipe calls for. You have to be careful with that sometimes, because cooking vegetables releases water and so sometimes your meals can get kind of watery if you add a lot of extra veggies; sometimes, it works better to cook the veggies separately and then add them after they've released their water.

    Ooh and kale chips are TOTALLY delicious! But I'll tell you, I think they're best when they're hot and fresh out of the oven. It's almost like eating popcorn. Once they get cold, I don't like them as much. Kale (and any of those tougher greens like turnip/mustard/collard/chard) is also really good in soups and stews. Gives them a nice hearty texture and flavor.

    I love playing in the produce section and picking out new fruits or veggies to try. Parsnips, turnips, beets, chard, mustard greens, apricots, pomegranates, spaghetti squash, jicama, whole artichokes, tomatilloes...these are all things I would have gone right by in years past, but I've really enjoyed trying them and playing with new recipes for them. :)
    1998 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    I love kale. Kale chips are great. I like to put it into stir fry and soups. It will go into some pasta dishes too. It is really good for you too. Spark recipes have some good things to try. For fall veggies, I have learned to like beets and sweet potatoes, roasted together with onions and garlic, really yummy. Try different things and learn to enjoy. emoticon
    1999 days ago
    emoticon on getting in your daily freggies!
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    1999 days ago
    Looks like you got it kicked! Good job! emoticon You are so lucky your husband eats everything. My husband and my Dad aways ate whatever hit the table. My best friend has a real problem though - a house full of picky eaters!
    1999 days ago

    For low calories, steamed or
    raw veggies can't be beat

    Have a Terrific Tuesday

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    2000 days ago
  • DIANER2014
    Great job on your getting your freggies! emoticon
    2000 days ago
  • DONNA5281

    I like some of your recipes. I will have to try them.

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    2000 days ago
    I have learned veggies can be added to almost anything....and try to sneak it in on everything including snacks.....
    2000 days ago
    I am in a veggie household, so it is the norm. However, I too can go days with eating a minimal ammount of veggies and fruit. I am glad that you are coming along so well.

    I do have Kale at least 4 times a week - favorite of course is cooked, next is Kale Salad, and I make awesome kale chips. I know you are on the red team, and our challenge is 7 cups of veggie's per day, so I am totally happy. Carmel is providing a chart of on serving size and I will send in the team e-mail.
    2000 days ago
  • SHERRY28269
    Great tips! I too neglect eating my vegetables on a regular basis. emoticon
    2000 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Spark has some pretty good kale recipes. Once you wash the kale and pull or cut it off the tough stalk, chop it to the size you want and throw it in a microwavable container. I use my corning ware. Cover, and cook on High for 4 to 5 minutes. Now you can add this to pasta dishes or just throw it in a pan with sautéed onion (you can add some lemon zest and if you like bacon or sausage you can sauté that with your onion, as well).

    I put kale in my macaroni and cheese. I also love it with cubed sweet potatoes with onions, sweet red pepper, garbanzo beans and cumin seeds. You can eat it raw in a salad, but it's quite bitter (and it tastes like lawn grass when it's raw). I have steamed it in the microwave for 4 minutes on High then added grape tomatoes, berries, chopped nuts, and oil and balsamic vinegar for a "wilted salad."
    2000 days ago
    I get in lots of freggies daily by having a green smoothie in the morning. One fruit and the rest are veggies, always including greens of some sort. A banana in there makes just about anything taste good. And lately I have been adding fresh ginger.

    Roasted vegetables are fantastic.

    I am not a big fan of salads, but I am working on that. There are some delicious salad recipes in SP.

    My problem is having my produce go bad. I need a variety and I don't always get everything used up quickly enough or get things into the freezer enough.

    Good luck. I am convinced freggies are the miracle foods! Chris
    2000 days ago
    Enjoy your freggies! I love the produce section at the grocery store....I spend most of my shopping time there. The produce guy knows me by name now, lol.
    2000 days ago
    You did great Susan finding a way ot tackle what is the hardiest for you I'm with you I love fruits but not so much veggies thanks for the article

    2000 days ago
    Good going looking for new veggies and recipes to try. This is one area I need to improve in too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    2000 days ago
    From the looks of the responses here, you are definitely not alone in this hurdle! You can add me to those numbers. I am the opposite of a veggie lover, but I do try to eat least at dinner. The veggies I like are so limited in number though, that it's easy to get bored with them. It's something I am still working on.

    Good luck getting past this hurdle!
    2000 days ago
  • BECCA315
    Good job. Sometimes finding out what the problem is, is half the battle. Now you're on your way to better nutrition!

    2000 days ago
    emoticon great plan for increasing your veggies! I try to make sure something is included with each meal. Veggie omelet or oatmeal w/ berries are blast go-to's! Keep at it & share your new recipes. emoticon
    2001 days ago
    You looked what is a most difficult challenge for you in the eye and met it! emoticon
    2001 days ago
    I just got a new steamer dish for making veggies in my microwave... it works so well that I'm going shopping today for more veggies I can steam!!
    2001 days ago
    2001 days ago
    I'm like that with veggies but not fruit. I can't eat enough berries, mango, kiwi, bananas. But, I have a difficult time in the cold months when some of those fruits I love aren't in season.
    2001 days ago
    If there was a streak to have not eaten any Freggies, I'm pretty sure I'd take the cake! emoticon I am proud of you for working on it and making an effort to venture out and eat no stuff! emoticon
    2001 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/24/2012 12:34:39 AM
    One way that I like to get my veggies in:

    I steam or roast a bunch and then use them as a side with the protein; then I use them cold in my salad.

    I keep a lot of them cooked in the fridge for my husband and I to eat during the week- he adds them to his potatoes and eggs also.

    The main thing is to cook them in advance and have them ready to go!

    2001 days ago
    I have the same issues with veggies and fruit could go days without a veggie except potatoes and like you Bananas. you have a good plan thanks for the great blog and hints how to get more of these guys in our meals. you are lucky to have a husband that wants to join with you have a great week see you streaking down the spark trail. emoticon
    2001 days ago
    You're on the right track. I like stir fry veggies over brown rice w/stir fry sauce. I think I'll have that tonight. emoticon
    Love, Mom
    2001 days ago
    emoticon emoticon job you figured it out emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2001 days ago
    You're doing well and are off on a great start! Keep at it!
    2001 days ago
    You're doing well and are off on a great start! Keep at it!
    2001 days ago
    You are definitely on the right track! Veggies is my main hurdle too, in getting them in the meals. I know that we can do it because we'll put our minds to it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon YUM!!
    2001 days ago
  • SAASHA17
    Tats a good start n its better wen ur husband is enjoying it too. U cu tey sweet potatoes roast bake or even get the microwave ones. Yum! Kale chips are awesome. There are recipes out there to bake them at home. I use greens frozen or fresh to cook with lentils n spoces. So yum. N u can eat it like a soup or with rice.

    Good luck.

    2001 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/23/2012 10:50:24 PM
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