Monday, December 7, 2015

Little Tricks... Comfort Food.. Post 4 of 5

Okay -

so some quick good stuff I've discovered

Green smoothies:  Just so you know... Spinach has no flavor.... baby kale doesn't have much flavor either.  So if you like fruit... you can add a serving (2 cups) of greens like a bonus!   Don't like the color?  Get over it... it's a free helping of greens which can't be bad.

My faves:
Approx 1-2c fruit and the green of your choice!

Dreamsicle:  1-2 oranges, a bit of vanilla and coconut water (or almond milk)
Pina Colada: pineapple, coconut extract
Raspberry & vanilla

also can toss in chia seeds and oatmeal to add protein / grain.

I often add watermelon, apples or pears to increase my fruit servings - and grapes to sweeten.

1 daily green smoothie doubles my veggie/fruit intake!

Fast Breakfasts:
    Prepare 3-4 at a time to eat over the course of the week!  Individually wrap and store in the fridge
       Egg wrap:  Sliced hard-boiled egg, half slice cheddar in a whole wheat wrap
       Yogurt Bowl: frozen fruit, oatmeal, maple syrup, plain Greek yogurt

Roasted Broccoli:   Okay - don't laugh.... but my husband and I love this instead of popcorn... Really!

Spritz a cookie sheet with olive oil.  Arrange broccoli florets on it.  Spritz again and shake on garlic powder or salt.  Stick in 450 degree oven for 30 min or so...... the tips will be a little burnt and crispy.

It's awesome!

And on that note:

Roasted Vegetables:   Clean out your fridge - potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans..... add onions, garlic pepper.   Perhaps a bit of turkey polish sausage (sliced and quartered) for flavor.

Cover with foil - or not if no potatoes - 400 degrees for about 30 min... until fork tender.

Simply awesome and our new choice for comfort food.

Yum Bowls: I keep separate prepared food items in the fridge and freezer.  For a Yum Bowl, I use a whole grain or rice (barley, farro, wild rice, etc)
                  a protein - a bit of hamburger, TVP, chicken, egg - cooked with onion, celery, etc
                 greens - sauteed kale, cabbage, bok choy

Basically - I create a bowl of yummy ingredients according to my mood.

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