My husband Justin and I have recently decided to make a change in our eating habits. We decided that now is better than ever to try to eat healthy and begin creating habits that would be beneficial in the long run.
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!