When’s the last time you ate a mango? What about jicama, leeks, or kale? Having a range of vegetables in your diet is one way to ensure you’re getting a variety of nutrients. Try new vegetables, or ones you haven’t tried in a while. Often, when we think we hate a certain type of food, then we find out it’s our lack of knowing how to prepare it. Have fun! Try some new foods. If you’re at a loss use Google for ideas of how to prepare them, or just try it on your own!
Jicama: Slice and peel it. Squeeze lemon or lime juice over it, and sprinkle chili powder on top. Or, use the slice of jicama as you would a tortilla chip and dip it into salsa or guacamole. When jicama is cold, it’s a refreshing summer treat. Keep the slices in a bag on ice at a picnic.
Kale: With a tiny bit of olive oil drizzled over it and a tiny bit of kosher salt sprinkled on top, you might find you can eat a big piece of kale each day.
Brussels sprouts: Steam, microwave, roast or cut them in half and put them in a frying pan. When I roast them, I cut them lengthwise and drizzle a bit of olive oil on the pan and then some over the vegetables. Sometimes I add balsamic vinegar—sometimes not. Other vegetables on my cookie sheet might include carrots, cauliflower, sweet potato, onion, mushrooms—whatever I have on hand. If I only have a few to cook, I cut brussels sprouts length wise and put a bit of olive oil, pepper, cayenne, or ginger, basil, on the skillet. I place the brussels sprouts flat-side down in a cast iron skillet and when they begin to brown on the flat side I turn them over and keep checking until they soften a bit (not too much!) At this point, I sprinkle a bit of kosher salt on top.
Use meat as a condiment, instead of the major part of your meals.
Add beans to soup or casseroles such as a rice, bean and tomato foundation.
If you eat cereal, add some sliced fruit. Peaches, strawberries, apples, raisins, bananas are perfect additions!
Keep in mind plate size and proportions. (And, if you eat a pound of chocolate, you may gain a pound of chocolate.) —Just sayin’.
Walk. Hike. Run. Bicycle. Dance. Garden. Surf. Drop to the floor and do some crunches. Move. It doesn’t have to be vigorous or take all day. You don’t have to be the best one out there. This is for you.
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