THE BEST PROJECT YOU’LL EVER WORK ON IS YOU! This saying is true and sometimes hard to accept. You have to realize you are worth the time and energy to get fit, get healthy and be happy. If you can’t make that choice, none of these tips will work for you. You need to want to improve yourself. This is another weekly installment of some healthy living tips I’ve used the past few years on my wellness journey.
Many people are turned off on the taste of veggies or even lean proteins. They feel they are bland or don’t care for the texture. Remember, you can use seasoning and condiments but the way you prepare them will also make a difference. If you don’t like raw cauliflower, try steaming it for a softer texture or roasting it for a sweeter taste. Roasting with (a small amount of) olive oil or herb infused oils is a great way to make a lean protein or veggie stand out. Cut into French fry shapes or sauté over high heat in a stir fry type dish. I have a fun kitchen gadget that cuts food into a crinkle fry shape – I bet that would even get your kids to eat some veggies. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, corn on the cob, squash and asparagus are just some of the foods I love to eat roasted or steamed. Put them in a higher temp oven and bake until they are brown with just a dash of oil for roasting or steam in or above water and shock/blanch them when done steaming. Season them as you like. Many vegetables also grill well, either directly on the grates or in a tinfoil packet – spring is here so break out the grill for healthy eating. Even some fruits like peaches, pineapple and watermelon will grill up nicely.
Sauté, braise, roast, slow cook, sear, etc. are all different methods to use. You can always rely on our good friend Google for any tips on these methods.