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Need to meet some good vegetables!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I am getting to the point that if I don't work out, I don't feel right. Yay!
I'm using the Spark Activity Tracker (pedometer) and it tracks my dvd workouts at about 1500 steps but when I input that it was a cardio workout, it ups my steps to about 4000. Now, adding in another walk outside or a couple of 10-minute Spark workouts, I hit my 5000 step goal pretty easy. Soooooo....I must take a deep breath and today up my steps goal to 6000 a day. I plan on this for a week, then up it again. My weight is going down very, very slowly but my diet is changing pretty slowly. The sweet tooth is under control but vegetables still need to be more a part of my life. My mom never cooked vegetables except for canned corn and canned green beans. Can I still blame her even though I'm in my 60's ????
I made some frozen butternut squash last night and could only swallow 3 bites. At least I tried but that's not good enough to count as a vegetable serving. (Plus I put brown sugar and cinnamon trying to disguise it.) Any favorite vegetable ideas out there?
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ANNEMARIA6 3/27/2014 3:40PM

    I am starting to remember that I really love vegetables, but when I am over doing sweets and junk they are the first to go.
We love nice fresh asparagus, (trim off the thicker tough ends and use that in soup stock, just freeze in baggy)and sizzle the nice green tender part in a fry pan with a tiny bit of olive oil and minced garlic, cook till tender but not soggy. It should still be a little crisp. Yummy!

If you do not like the taste hide vegetables in baking, put grated carrots into muffins. Also I found a Mott s fruitsation Vegetable and fruit cup that had carrots and fruit in it and it was really tasty. When i go too low on vegs for a day I drink an 8 ounce serving of v8 juice, and some kinds taste like fruit too so you might like them. Plus an 8 oz serving is 2 veg servings!
How is it going? It is sunny here today and hopefully it will warm up soon and snow will go. Take care. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIMARTI 3/20/2014 7:30PM

    Thank you! I already do several of those but you've listed some new ones that I will definitely try!

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POSITIVEHOPE 3/20/2014 7:23PM

    I love veggies and hate fruit so I'll offer my suggestions.
Since you are familiar with and hopefully you like corn and green beans, try the frozen ones. They are really good.
There are recipes for low cal. Green bean casseroles in SP recipes. You can hide a tablespoon of veggies in rice or casseroles very easily. Frozen peas are good too. Many people like to boil cauliflower and mix it into mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes can hide lots of veggies.
For fresh vegetables, try grape tomatoes and baby carrots lightly dipped in low fat ranch dressing. Great as a side to a sandwich or as a snack. If you like hummus, try baby carrots and snap peas as a dipper. Celery stuffed with peanut butter and topped with raisins is a great sweet treat for lunch. Bagged salads with a tablespoon of nuts, dried cranberries, reduced fat blue cheese or feta cheese and fresh berries makes lettuce go down easily.
A BLT sandwich makes veggies taste good just go easy on the mayo. Do you like spaghetti? Add finely chopped onion, carrots and celery to the sauce. You'll never know it's there.
If you like soup, you see SP recipes to make lots of different kinds with lots of cooked veggies. Maybe you would like your butternut squash better as a thick soup? It's very easy to make.
Well I'll get off my soap box now but hopefully you will find lots of good ideas.

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