Remember the episode of Seinfeld when Elaine dates a saxophone player?
In order to keep their dating momentum building, the musician decides to add a new move to his bedroom “repertoire”. Although his attempt ends in spectacular failure (on more than one level) his thinking is right on target for anything in life, particularly eating healthy.
Let’s try that with whole foods.
You may have enthusiastically hopped on the whole foods (mainly vegetables!) train and gotten energized by how the food makes you look and feel, but unless you add a few new moves to that repertoire, there’s a good chance that you’ll get bored and go back to eating convenient, processed foods that don’t satisfy you and keep you feeling a few pounds heavier than you deserve.
Here’s how to do it:
Let’s keep that energy focused in the right direction by picking up some new moves--aka recipes. The easiest way to do this is to take just a little bit of time and google recipes with ingredients that appeal to you and bookmark them, pin them or print out and save them in a binder.
Here’s what to look for in your search:
1. Vegetables -- because they are nutrient dense and satisfying. I love cruciferous vegetables (think cauliflower, kale, cabbage, broccoli, collards, Brussels sprouts) because they contain sulfur, which boosts collagen and makes your skin glow. I’m all about natural ways to look younger.
2. Quick – how many ingredients does the recipe contain? If there are any more than say 5 or 6, that could stop you from making it--water, salt and optional ingredients don’t count!
3. Easy – how many steps are involved? Self-explanatory. I don’t have time to make a complicated vegetable dish complete with a fancy sauce and I’m sure you don’t either.
4. Delicious – do the ingredients seem appealing to you? Remember that sometimes it’s fun to try something a little new or exotic.
Do this next:
-Find at least three recipes using the above criteria and make one this week. Then make the next one the following week and so on….
-Choose a day you’ll make it. Sunday is my day of choice for batch cooking.
-In case you’re having trouble finding recipes, here’s one that I’ve had a little crush on over the last few months—it’s a bit unusual, but still awesome. And easy. The best part is that there’s enough for a few days if only one person is eating it. It contains sulfur-rich cauliflower and onions, which will have you glowing in no time. Also check out the recipe section of my site for other ideas.
Now spill it.
In the comment section below, tell me what kind of recipe(s) you’re going to try and which vegetables you’d like to see featured in this blog in the future.
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