Hello, and happy Saturday to you all once again!
This morning, I have my second and final post as part of the GNC “Total Lean Challenge,” a 12-week lifestyle program that includes nutrition, meal plans, workouts and video instruction, and community support. In case you missed my previous post, you can view that HERE. Even though the challenge has been going strong for a few weeks now, anyone and everyone is still encouraged to join in anytime!
For each week of the challenge, one of us is asked to share a fun new workout, along with various tips, tricks, and resources for various aspects of health and wellness. Today’s post is going to focus on…
Healthy Snacks & Making Veggies Taste Delicious
First things first, let’s get to the veggies. Growing up, I didn’t really have much exposure to a huge variety of veggies. Favorites in our house, as I’m sure many others, were canned or frozen green beans, peas, and corn. Occasionally we’d have some beets or spinach, but at the time, all I could do was turn my nose up at them. Boy, how things change as we grow older!
These days? I love pretty much all veggies (except lima beans…still can’t get into those). But it didn’t start out that way. I had to learn certain ways to cook/prepare them to make them taste a way that I would enjoy them. So in addition to now eating them raw, here are two of my favorite ways to prepare them…
For me, there’s not much better than preparing a big tray of fresh veggies and roasting them until they’re tender, crisp, and full of flavor. Sometimes, I’ll get a little creative with my seasonings, but most of the time I just stick with the basics:
Olive oil, salt, and pepper
Now for a long, long time, I actually did the craziest thing…I wouldn’t use the olive oil. This was when the idea of fats was a scary thing, and I would think, well, why the heck would I add more fats to my meal? Thank GOODNESS I found the light and am now a firm believer in adding plenty of healthy fats into my diet (they’re SO good for you!).
Plus, they make your veggies taste soooo much better. Just a little drizzle is all you need…don’t go drowning them in an EVOO bath or anything.
Veggies in Soups and Stews
I absolutely LOVE loading up my soups and stews with lots of vegetables. Not only does it add more bulk to your meal, but it provides so much extra flavor. A couple favorites of mine…
Lots of good stuff right there!
For the second part of this post, I want to share some of my favorite healthy snack ideas to help keep you full in between meals.
- A Greek yogurt with fresh berries
- An apple or banana with nut butter (or with PB2, now available at GNC!)
- A simple protein smoothie
- A cup of fresh veggies with hummus
- A hardboiled egg + fruit
What are some of YOUR favorite in-between meal snacks?!?
And finally, as a part of this week’s Total Lean Challenge, may I present to you your Saturday Workout Plan.
Time to work those muscles!
Questions for the Morning:
- What are your favorite ways to eat/cook/prepare veggies?
- What are some of your favorite healthy snack ideas?