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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I was thinking about this yesterday and thinking of ways to get my vegetables. The trouble with salads for me is that every time I make one, my husband is suggesting ways to improve it. He thinks he's helping, it's a guy thing, but I've formed a real aversion to making salad.

I got a suggestion from SparkCoach to make smoothies, and to sneak some vegetables in with that, especially greens. This is a pretty good idea, now that I know how to sweeten plain fatfree Greek Yogurt. I ran the numbers yesterday, and it's about two packets of sugar per 6 oz. of yogurt. I'm not sure how much is in a packet, but I did packets because I actually wanted to use Truvia/Stevia which I have in packets. And it came out pretty good. I was glad because what you really don't want is too much of one of those eerie non sugar sweeteners, even if it is natural.

Then yesterday I we ate out twice for Veteran's day, once at Denny's and once at Olive Garden. So I was reviewing their choices before hand and found that they had vegetarian dishes with a decent amount of protein. At Denny's, I had the veggie skillet with egg whites. And that was quite nice. I've always thought egg whites were for crazy people, I don't eat so many eggs but throwing away the yolks is just something I'm too crazy to do. We all have our things. I had a skillet at Denny's back in April and wound up making one a few times at home, with my leftover thanksgiving turkey. Skillets are a great way to eat some veggies.

And then at Olive Garden, I knew that the minestrone soup had less calories than the salad with dressing, I picked it for the calories, but I thought "there is a lot of veggies in this soup." I mean, I'd always thought minestrone was not a very substantial soup, but it's an extremely tasty way to get a serving or two of vegetables. Also I had the portabello ravioli and can I just say I love mushrooms? They are wonderful.

So there we have it. Smoothies, skillets/stir fry, and soups. That's not even counting roasted vegetables, which someone recommended yesterday. And it doesn't start with S. Just kidding. I should try roasting vegetables with my pizza cooking device, especially now it's cold outside.
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    Keep up the good work with your veggies and smoothies. There is a pumpkin smoothie receipe that is pretty good. I think pumpkin counts as a veggie.
    1927 days ago
    I love Olive Garden. When we eat there I always go with the Venetian Apricot Chicken, which is very calorie-friendly.

    Congrats on figuring out new ways to sneak in some veggies!
    1928 days ago
    I find now that fall is here I am eating a variety of soups rich in vegetables and am loving it. Some of the recipes are from Spark People and have been great.
    Have you tried yogurt with fresh fruits. I love eating it like that and find the fruits give some sweetness to the yogurt. Might not work for you but for what it's worth. In a smoothie I use a 1/3 to 1/2 banana to add sweetness.
    Keep on eating healthy. You've discovered some great options to getting your vegies in and variety sure helps in keeping up the lifestyle.
    1928 days ago
    Good for you!!
    1928 days ago
    I have learned to sweeten yoghurt with fruits, especially dried raisins and banana. Good healthy eating you did yesterday!
    1928 days ago
  • EWL978
    BRAVO!!! Eating out is something that I've been slipping away from because of what I find available....I haven't been to Denny's in years, but think I'll give it a shot this weekend. Eating out by myself is not my favorite thing to do...but it works ok.

    Keep on keeping on and let me know what else you come up with for your veggies.

    ****PS....where is that lighthouse???

    1928 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/13/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Awesome eating! And everything sound delish! Way to go!
    1928 days ago
    Why sweeten the yoghurt?? just add stewed fruit or fresh fruit
    You get used to the taste and it does not really need sugar in it..

    1928 days ago
    One of my favorite ways to get veggies in is to cook some whole grain angel hair pasta, and toss it with a little olive oil, fresh basil, and some squash or zucchini, and tomatoes. I can usually get at least two servings of veggies in that way. And of course my fav - low sodium V8 (2 servings of veggies). Salads get old fast.
    1928 days ago
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