Tried kale today for the first time. I sauteed kale and shredded zucchini and garlic in a little blood orange flavored olive oil and then added it to scrambled egg whites. It was yummy and will definitely eat this again. This is good protein nutrition after a hard workout.
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Barb from NY
current weight: 184.4
Fitness Minutes: (240) Posts: 5 3/18/13 8:44 A
I saw Martha Stewart shred fine in a food processor onion, carrots, and celery and add it to meat loaf. I just tried it in spaghetti and my grandkids (ages 4-10) said it was the best spaghetti they had ever eaten. DH didn't like the idea but loves the spaghetti. Be sure to cook the veggies until they aren't crunchy. Next I am going to try it in chili.
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Started Walk America 3/29/10 and finished 1/18/13
current weight: 167.4
Fitness Minutes: (7,801) Posts: 20 3/15/13 3:01 P
With respect to the taste after adding spinach.... no bad taste. But it makes the smoothie a beautiful green. I had a not-so-nice experience with kale however, but friends with better blenders than mine love kale. But I found the kale affected the texture (made it kind of gritty). But here, maybe give one of these recipes a try to see if you like green smoothies (You can also play around with the ingredients... until you come up with a combo you like):
Green Pineapple-Mango Smoothie 1 C almond (or regular) milk; 1/2 of a frozen banana; 1 C mango; 1/2 C chopped pineapple; 2 C fresh baby spinach and 1/2 C ice. Whir all together in a blender until smooth.
Green Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
1 C skim (or your favourite again) milk; 1/2 banana; handful of baby spinach; 1 C fresh (or frozen) strawberries; 1 scoop vanilla protein pwdr; a couple of packets of splend (or agave syrup). Whir all together in blender until smooth
Cucumbers add zero flavour to the smoothie. Spinach makes the smoothie green but doesnít really affect the taste. Kale or other loose dark greens, those change the taste to bitterness. I add Stevia when I have dark greens and then itís fine.
Thank you for your help as well, I just recently joined and finding my way around the site, its nice to chat online with everyone who has the same goals, I hope your way to healthy eating is successful. Oh by the way I love smoothies.
Fitness Minutes: (7,801) Posts: 20 3/15/13 12:39 P
I concur with CARRKM... roasted veggies = YUM! There are many ways to 'sneak' veggies (and extra fruits) into your diet... Do you like smoothies? Or gazpacho? Both are good for you, and might be a nice departure from your ol' traditional offerings. They are full of fibre and raw nutrients and, depending on how much cucumber, onion, tomato, chilis, red and/or green peppers you use for the gazpacho for example, you can get multiple veggie servings AND feel pleasantly full. Maybe try a recipe search on the Sparkpeople recipe finder. I have found many recipes there and they can be 'dragged' over to your nutrition tracker for easy calorie counting/ tracking. Keep on trackin' and good luck with your veggie intake. I hope you find stuff you can enjoy... it makes it a lot easier to succeed when you like what you are eating!
Total SparkPoints: 11,649
SparkPoints Level 11
Fitness Minutes: (240) Posts: 5 3/15/13 12:36 P
A roasted veggie is a good veggie! :-) I think everything tastes better after it's been roasted. Favorites are brussels sprouts, asparagus, carrots, onions, red peppers, eggplant, sweet potatoes and zucchini. Just look at the grocery store, or farmer's market, and try whatever looks good! :-) I saw a recipe recently for roasted radishes - going to give it a try, even though it sounds odd. Who knows? :-)
Pounds lost: 12.2
Fitness Minutes: (240) Posts: 5 3/15/13 12:15 P
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