my food resolution

08Jan09

every year i seem to make the same resolution, floss my teeth regularly, only to break it within the first month. it has become my perpetual resolution. this year i’m changing things up a bit. while i haven’t conquored flossing, i have decided to focus on other things, like food!

no, this isn’t going to be one of those resolutions that everyone knows i will break because the standards are set way too high. i’m not giving up meat, or sugar, or caffeine… in fact i’m not giving anything up at all. i’m just going to add more fruits and vegetables to what i already eat. i had been thinking that we eat a lot of veggies because we eat more than most people do, but then i started actually counting up what we ate and it just isn’t good enough. my goal is to eat 7-9 servings a day. it sounds like a lot and it is. i really wish we were still getting our csa bin because it would be sooooo much easier if i didn’t have to choose what produce to buy. the key is to eat fruit and/or veggies with every meal and snack.

here’s what we’ve been eating this week for breakfast:

black beans with garlic, steamed broccoli, scrambled eggs with white cheddar, salsa, and sour cream with orange slices

black beans with garlic, steamed broccoli, scrambled eggs with white cheddar, salsa, and sour cream with orange slices

greek scramble of spinach, olives, feta and tomatoes, with slices of blood orange

greek scramble of spinach, olives, feta and tomatoes, with slices of blood orange

if given a preference i’m almost always going to choose savory over sweet, especially when it comes to breakfast, or really anything other than dessert. these two breakfasts are savory, filling, and healthy. i love it! this weekend i’m going to go down the sweet road a bit and make buttermilk pancakes with raspberry jam and a fruit salad. we splurged and bought a pineapple which i am really excited to crack open.

the biggest lesson i have learned so far is to prepare you veggies in advance as much as you can. there’s no way that i’m going to wash and dry spinach in the morning before i’ve eaten anything. if it isn’t ready to be dumped into the pan then it’s not going into the pan. so last night, while i was washing and drying the spinach for dinner i did a little more the next morning’s breakfast. same thing with the broccoli. cut it all up at once when you have a spare moment. that’s what i intend to do with the pineapple as well. otherwise you’re continually getting your cutting board sticky with pineapple juice and then it leaks in the fridge because you just have some cling wrap sort of wrapped around half a pineapple and we all know that cling doesn’t stick to pineapple at all. so just save yourself a big hassle and cut it all up at once and keep it in a nice sealed container. there’s nothing worse than a sticky spot in your fridge.

tonight i’m making a new jamie oliver recipe of roasted carrots, beets and pork chops. if it is good, and i’m sure it will be, i’ll post it! it will be my husbands’ first experience with beets, so cross your fingers for him…

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