It's been a while since I posted anything about my quest to live healthier (other than my 5k posts). So here's an update:
I'm currently down about
I'm still doing pretty well with healthy eating calorie-wise, but I've noticed a lack of veggies in my life. So!
I have challenged myself to more vegetables!
I bet many of you think that as a vegetarian, all I eat is veggies, but that's definitely not the case. It's very easy to fall into a trap of pasta for every meal. In fact, on a typical day, I wasn't eating any veggies. Cereal for breakfast, pb&j, yogurt and an apple for lunch, and pasta for dinner -- but sometimes I do add broccoli.
I realize that adding veggies will not cause me to magically lose five more pounds. But I never set out just to lose weight -- I wanted to be healthier and this is part of it.
How I've gotten started:
I took a trip to Target (isn't that where all great things start?) and picked up zucchini, yellow squash, salad, spinach, baby carrots, broccoli and a green pepper. I know this sounds extreme and like I won't be able to eat it all before it goes bad, but that's part of the challenge!
All this week so far I've taken a salad to work for lunch -- lettuce, spinach, onion and green bell pepper (plus some dressing and cheese :)
I bought the giant heads of Romaine and have been cutting them myself. I think you get more bang for your buck this way. Here's how to cut them:
And here's a good video teaching you to cut bell peppers:
Sunday night I was jonesing for a snack while dinner was cooking so I grabbed some carrot sticks. Nbd, but progress!
Monday night I attempted a "recipe" my sister uses. I say "recipe" because all it really is is sauteing yellow squash and zucchini in olive oil and then adding salt and pepper.
I gave it an A for ease, a C for finished product. I didn't mind the taste, but I didn't like the mushy. (Pat loved the zucchini and was meh on the squash, fyi.) So now I'm on the hunt for other healthy ways to use my squash and zucchini. Any tips?
Another sneaky way I've found I like veggies is in eggs! The only way I eat eggs is scrambled, but they're way good for you and way low on calories compared to other meals, plus they give me the protein I might lack as a vegetarian.
Anyway, add some torn up spinach to your eggs, toss in some parmesan and voila! Protein and veggies all in one dish! Perfect!
|Seriously just toss it in there|
I'm still on the hunt for other ways to sneak veggies into my daily diet. Any tips out there? Or squash/zucchini recipes? I'd love to hear!