I have a completely genius and totally obvious trick to share with you guys today. I saw this little tip in Clean Eating magazine over the weekend and was pumped to give it a try myself at lunchtime today.
Looking for a fast way to wilt fresh spinach to use in a pasta dish?
Why have I never thought of this before!?
If you have any ridiculously simple cooking or baking-related tricks of the trade, please feel free to share them in the comments section!
I enjoyed my perfectly wilted spinach in a yummy pasta bowl for lunch today.
In the bowl:
- Whole wheat rotini
- Chicken apple sausage
- Roasted cauliflower
- Roasted green beans
- Drizzle of olive oil
This meal was a delicious kick off to a new challenge I’m participating in through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program called the Green Giant Veg Pledge.
Green Giant Veg Pledge
I am working with Foodbuzz and Green Giant to participate in a two-week pledge to consume one more cup of vegetables per day every day. (Disclaimer: I am receiving a small stipend for my participation in the program and, as always, will keep my thoughts and opinions open and honest! What I’m saying is that if eating lots of veggies is miserable, I’ll tell you.)
When I learned about this opportunity through Foodbuzz, I was immediately sold and signed up. It seemed like a great challenge to me because while I’ve recently been trying my best to get five servings of fruits and vegetables into my diet every day, it has been a little challenging.
First, I tend to gravitate toward fruit which is healthy and wonderful, but sometimes an entire day will go by and I’ll eat only one serving of vegetables.
Vegetables contain so many important vitamins and nutrients and I know my diet will only benefit from eating more of them. Here’s to two weeks (hopefully longer!) of tons o’ veggies!
I think the best way for me to make sure I meet my vegetable-eating goal will be to incorporate vegetables into my snacks and breakfasts as much as possible. Hopefully eating vegetables as a morning and afternoon snack, or incorporating them into a morning egg scramble will give me a leg-up and help me hit my goal.
Also, I find that putting a little bit of forethought into my dinners helps with my vegetable consumption. If I can find a vegetable-heavy dish that sounds delicious, I’m much more excited to make it and eat lots of vegetables at dinnertime.
I’m already excited to make my squash casserole this week!
Question of the Afternoon
- When you’re struggling to eat a lot of vegetables, what do you do to make sure they find their way into your diet?
I’m all about making smoothies with spinach (you can’t taste it!) whenever I’m trying to sneak an extra serving of vegetables into my diet.