Dinner tonight included my favorite easy-to-prepare protein.
I prepared the salmon like I always do and served it along with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts, zucchini and squash.
Dinner was enjoyed with some trivia!
Ryan brought home a bunch of the clues from his Jeopardy calendar and quizzed me while we ate. I didn’t do very well, but I did manage to know the answer to the clue on the top of the pile pictured above! (It’s “lure,” in case you wanted to see if you were right!)
Now it’s time for some vegetable talk!
Green Giant Veg Pledge Reflections
A couple weeks ago I took the Green Giant Veg Pledge! I pledged to add an extra cup of vegetables to my diet for two weeks through a partnership with Green Giant through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program.
I thought it would be easy enough and my strategy was to incorporate more vegetables into my diet during snack times and breakfast since my dinners were already pretty veggie-heavy.
Well, breakfast was a big, fat fail.
In the morning, I love sweet breakfasts like protein pancakes and overnight oats. If I’m in the mood for something savory, I tend to make an egg sandwich, but even then it includes a little sweetness in the form of a smear of jelly on top of the toasted English muffin or bagel. I just don’t crave a veggie-filled omelet most mornings and gravitate toward breakfasts that seem to include fresh fruit or something slightly sweet.
Fortunately I had a major victory in the snacking department when it came to my vegetable consumption!
While I’ve never been one to simply snack on raw vegetables, I loved snacking on leftover roasted vegetables. I topped them with a sprinkle of cheese and microwaved them or stirred them up with hummus for a creamy treat.
Perhaps my favorite way to eat vegetables at snack time was to stuff them inside of a whole wheat tortilla. I then draped a slice of muenster cheese on top of the vegetables (spinach, onion and Brussels sprouts were my favorite) and microwaved everything until I had a hot, simple quesadilla!
Eating vegetables at lunchtime also became more of a priority. I tend to cram in most of my vegetable servings at dinnertime and making a cognizant effort to eat more vegetables at lunch meant including them in my main course.
I chopped up a bunch of celery and carrots to include in chicken salad…
Or I topped a giant bowl of roasted vegetables with dippy eggs…
Eating vegetables at lunchtime also made it easier to snack on vegetables in the afternoon which I found oddly interesting. I think once I had the taste for vegetables in my mouth, I wanted more of them and eating them at snack time around 3 p.m. became standard.
My dinners usually included vegetables before this challenge, but I still made it a priority to sneak in a few servings in my evening meal.
Some of my favorite ways to eat vegetables for dinner include stirring them into a pasta dish, making a batch of healthy risotto or a vegetable-based casserole (I love my squash casserole!) or simply roasting them after tossing them in olive oil and garlic salt.
Overall, I really enjoyed participating in the Veg Pledge.
Having a tangible goal of eating one extra serving of vegetables made it easier for me to feel motivated to include more vegetables in my diet, whereas an ambiguous goal of “eat more vegetables” might easily be overlooked. Baby steps work better for me!
Time to dig into my latest book! I finished The Book Thief earlier this week and have moved on to Delirium. So far, so good.