Friday, January 23, 2009

Get Those Veggies In!

Since I naturally tend toward sweet things, getting enough fruit in my diet is never a problem. Veggies however, are often more difficult. Here are a few ways we have been incorporating more veggies in our days:

-Adding chopped spinach or zucchini to our scrambled eggs - this is especially great because Benjamin will eat them without a single complaint. We have also added green peppers and onions before, but since Benjamin usually spits those out, I am really liking the spinach and squash.

- Adding veggies to our rice. Matt found this great recipe for rice that is cooked in the oven with chopped celery, carrots, onions, and cilantro. Delicious and wonderful for you! I have also chopped spinach up very small and thrown it in the rice as soon as it's done so that it's just barely wilted and that was good too.

- veggie sticks to snack on during the day - this is the hardest for me. When I want a snack, the last thing I usually reach for is something like veggies, but carrots and celery dipped in peanut butter makes a great snack and gets in a few more veggies.

- Salad at least once a day - this can be so versatile depending on what you have on hand. Sometimes our salads are just lettuce and cucumbers, but other times we have them with grated carrots, radishes, peppers, avocados, and feta cheese. Yum!

- a side veggie with dinner each night. Along with trying to add veggies to the main dish and having a salad, I usually try to have a side veggie. Sometimes these are simply green beans or broccoli, but this is where I am trying to branch out and have us try something new every once in a while. Interesting vegetables can get expensive, but since we only do something different about once a week, it's not too bad. We tried brussel sprouts last week and they were wonderful. This week we are giving beets a try. We'll see about those. I've never been a fan, but I've also never had them where they weren't pickled out of a can.


vehementflame said...

Beets are DELICIOUS roasted. All you do is scrub them up- remove the green leaving about a 2 "stem Do not cut any shorter- they'll "bleed" everywhere- I put tehm on a tray and stick in the oven at 375 for an hour or so- they'tt be super tender when you pierce them. Take them out of the oven and let cool, then run under cool water and peel the skins right off. They are sooo good. Try them on a green salad with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar....yum!

Davis Family said...

Thank you SO much for this suggestion. I was wondering just exactly how I was going to cook them. I just happen to have gotten some goat cheese to try last night thinking it would be good on salad, so now I will add the beets. Mmmmm. It's making me hungry. :)