In other words: VEGETABLES!
We have a serious lack of vegetables in our diet. And fruit for that matter too.
So I Googled "Food Pyramid" and was taken to ChooseMyPlate.Gov. There are a ton of resources on this site including easy to understand printables!
So I spent a few hours on Monday figuring out what we both needed. I also had to figure out how on earth I was going to cook some of these vegetables that I avoided all my life. After a bit of research, I found that steaming is one of the healthiest ways to eat vegetables. Since we were diving into this new eating lifestyle, I decided that we would maximize the health benefits and get the most out of each new item. Steaming it is.
Thanks to my trusty weekly meal planner, I was able to literally see what I have planned for the week and also see what I needed each day. From there, I made my list and headed out to the store!
For dinner on Monday night, I baked chicken, steamed vegetables, and warmed up a piece of whole grain bread.
Look at that color! You can practically see the vitamins and minerals!
Here is my "steaming pot". It is simply a pot of shallow water, a colander and a lid. And it worked like a charm.
One pot had red potatoes and the other had green beans, broccoli and carrots. The red potatoes took a full 30 mins while the other vegetable medley only took 5 minutes! They were tender but not soft and mushy. I was very pleased.
I plated our food and brought it to the table. We had SmartBalance "butter" and salt & pepper for seasoning. Justin immediately crammed a piece of broccoli in his mouth to " get it over with" and sort of scrunched his face up like an 6 year old would while eating brocolli. I did the same. It's just not as good as, say, a brownie.
So we put some "butter" and a little bit of salt on the veggies and they went down much easier. :)
I'll keep updating as we go through this process to share new recipes or ideas for healthy eating. If you have any tips or tricks PLEASE SHARE!