Don’t let the title or the picture of fresh fruits and veggies scare you! It’s the new year, so I figured I would share one of my resolutions with you. I never thought I would be the type of person to have “get healthy” as a resolution. I am a generally healthy person already. But I think this year I am going to focus on some little differences that can hopefully add up to one big change in my health.
“Get healthy” or “eat better” are such vague resolutions! So I decided I would break it down into just three, manageable goals that are definitely reachable for myself.
- Eat a fresh fruit or vegetable dish with every meal. Because I have such a busy schedule, I find myself constantly making one-pot meals that have little or no veggies. Even in the morning, I am going to try to pair a banana with my oatmeal or cereal for an extra boost. As for the rest of my meals, I am going to keep some frozen veggies on hand but they are always better fresh! I’ve also found a few recipes of side dish veggies to try, like these Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and this Roasted Broccoli. The veggie side that I want to try is Mashed Cauliflower. I am a huge potato fan, I could eat mashed potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unfortunately, they are not a very healthy side! I am hoping to replace some of those mashed potato days with mashed cauliflower, and even try it out in some recipes like Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie.
- Eat more quinoa. I love quinoa! It’s super easy to make and can be used with pretty much any ingredients you want to thrown in from the fridge or cupboard. It’s also insanely healthy! It has so much protein you don’t have to worry about eating it with any meats, although you certainly can. I personally love pairing mine with onions and black beans or chickpeas, then add any veggies I have in the fridge! My personal favorites to add are corn,
butternut squash, and broccoli. To learn more about quinoa, we have a ton of stuff on this quinoa page of our website with a ton of recipes including everything from pizza crusts to salads, from pudding to pancakes. I’ve also picked out a few recipes from the Forq app: Quinoa Chickpea and Avocado Salad, Quinoa, Kale and Avocado Salad, One-Pot Mexican Style Quinoa, and Quinoa and Vegetable Teriyaki Bowls. The great thing about all the recipes that I picked out is that they will be perfect for leftovers! I can have it for dinner one night, then bring it to work the next few days as a healthy lunch.
- Try to replaces not so healthy foods with healthier alternatives. There seems to be a new trend where people replace carb-filled noodles with
zucchini… I want to try it. I could never cut carbs out completely, but I know I could handle cutting back a little! This Zucchini Lasagna looks like a great healthy alternative to lasagna noodles, and this Chicken Curry with Zucchini Noodles seems flavorful enough that I wouldn’t even miss the carbs! Another great alternative to spaghetti that I already use and love is spaghetti squash. I literally just use it as a replacement to my noodles with some of Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce but I want to expand my horizons. It’s also super easy to cook, and this page can tell you how if you need any help! There are also a ton of recipes on this spaghetti squash page from the Forq website. Last but not least, I need to figure out some healthy alternatives to desserts. So far I have been able to satisfy my cravings for sweets by eating fresh fruit and sometimes adding some Greek yogurt and honey, but I know that won’t last long! I’m extremely excited to try out this Avocado Chocolate Pudding as well as this Healthy 1 Ingredient Banana Ice-Cream. Hopefully these will keep me away from the tub of Ben & Jerry’s in my freezer… at least sometimes!
I guess my biggest resolution of all is just to try new things. Eating all these things isn’t going to be easy– I’m a carboholic! I am hoping that making a few changes in my diet will keep me healthier in the future! Happy 2017!