Yesterday was a blur and I just could not sit down long enough to tell you about my current kitchen adventure. Spiralizing. I have had this little gadget for a while but I forget to pull it out. Now that we have launched into an 8 week meal plan to cut more sugar out of our lives, I think I need to find some space on the counter for this gadget. It certainly jazzes up a salad and zucchini or sweet potato “noodles” make a great base for the evening meal.
Spring break is turning out to be busier than I would like but things are getting checked off the list and today will include my first run since forever and a yoga class. Breathe . . . .
I have quite a collection of water bottles. I keep a 20oz cup on my desk at work. And every morning I fill one of my pretty water bottl s to take in the car – a lovely orange HydroFlask, a Mount Ranier bottle that was a gift from my sister, and my newest addition, a Lifefactory glass water bottle. I make every effort to drink 64 or more oz. of water every day. And while I like plain water, I also like to jazz it up a bit. My favorite combo, a slice of lemon, a slice of lime, some fresh orange juice, and a chunk of ginger. As we move into spring I will add some frozen cranberries or blueberries, apple slices, and maybe even cucumber to my water bottles.
How do you make sure to drink your water?
I was listening to a podcast this weekend and heard the host say that the average American eats 1.5 servings of veggies a day! I am not sure there is agreement on the number but when I participated in a health challenge a few years ago, we were aiming for 7-9 fruits and veggies a day with the emphasis on veggies. Lately I have been starting the day with a plate of steamed veggies topped with a poached egg, taking a green drink for my mid-morning snack, and making sure that a good portion of my dinner plate is filled with veggies. I have learned how to eat “riced” cauliflower instead of rice and use my spiralizer to substitute squash for pasta. It takes a bit of thinking but I am trying to make it a habit, veggies at very meal.
How many veggies are you eating?
I have seen this yoghurt but never tried it. Then I heard about the blackberry with Serrano peppers and I knew I knew I needed to try it. It took me a few weeks but it was with the wait. I mixed it with my favorite plain yogurt – such a treat!
I won’t be spending time in my own kitchen today. I will be with dad, helping him get set up in his new apartment. I am looking forward to getting back to some regular meal planning and cooking once dad is settled.
Happy Monday. Hope there is good food in your day.
Monday holidays are a great time to regroup in my kitchen. Today I am planning a morning filled with meal prep and batch cooking. For breakfasts I will be making these yummy sausages. And this would make a great dinner with some roasted veggies and enough leftovers for lunch. And since it looks like a busy week, I will need a grab-and-go snack.
We have not had the beautiful, get outside and go for a walk weather that I keep reading about but my kitchen crocuses are starting to bloom, bringing spring inside. After extra cuppa coffee, I will get down to the kitchen and get to cooking.
Last week we had so much snow that the power went out, we missed two days of school, and I didn’t get a Mondays in the Kitchen post written.
Last week I also cut into my first grapefruit in a very long time. I grew up in Arizona. My grandparents had citrus trees and we ate a lot of oranges and grapefruit. When we got married, I received a set of grapefruit spoons and I still have them. At some point, there were medications prescribed and the label read – Do not eat grapefruit when taking. Then I was told to be cautious with orange juice, too much sugar. Heavy sigh.
I have behaved and kept away from the forbidden fruit. But in the last few months, I have begun to think about quality of life issues. Watching my dad’s list of cannots grow and grow while his list of cans is shrinking has made me rethink these food rules. I am not going to go nuts. And I won’t be messing with those food items that will make me sick. But I savored that grapefruit. And I squeezed an orange to add to my green drink yesterday. And it was good. Sometimes selfcare looks like not following the rules.
******edited to add that I am not advocating ignoring medication warnings – I did some research and found that I can consume grapefruit, just not every day and not as a beverage for taking this particular med********
First a confession – my meal plan did not go well last week, sigh. Too many bumps in the road and before I knew it, there was pizza for dinner. Oh well, another week, another start.
What I do seem to do well is breakfast. I make a green protein drink most days but a few mornings each week, I have enough time for a sit down breakfast. My go to option? Coffee of course. But also poached eggs on a bed of broccoli and a serving of Lil’ Kim Chee from the Pickled Planet. Love that ferment d boost!
Happy Monday! Eat well.