Tuesday, January 14, 2014

my weight loss toolbox: eat more vegetables

I made a goal this month to dress up my vegetables in attempts to eat more of them.  I've been doing well thus far.

I plan my family's meals at the beginning of the week (I've discussed what I/we typically eat here).  I've made a conscious effort to eat more vegetables and am mindful of this goal when I plan our meals. I looked at a list of seasonal vegetables in our area, and have been diligently looking for new recipes to try with those vegetables. So far we've tried tarragon carrots, Brussels sprouts cooked in bacon, (Evie, who's 7, said, "Most kids don't like brussel sprouts, but I love them!"), spinach lasagna, broccoli and bow tie pasta, eggs with chile verde (store-bought), a feta spinach salad (my sister Jennifer's recipe), and ceviche (my mom's recipe) aside for our regular vegetable sides (typically steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots). I love Jennifer's salad and my mom's ceviche. I'll have to share their recipes here.

I am happy to increase my family's intake of vegetables to be healthier all around. When Jennifer had brought the ingredients over to make her salad, Lani kept sneaking cherry tomatoes.  She said, "I love them! Mom, can we have some for our school snack next week?"  I was beaming, and said they absolutely could.  The picture above is what they've been having.

(Want to know more about My Weight Loss Toolbox?  Start here, and continue here). 

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