Eat those veggies!

I’ve eaten more vegetables over the course of the last couple weeks than I ever have before and definitely cooked them in ways I never have before. Vegetables are an incredibly important part of our daily menu, but the part we often are tempted to skimp out on.  They offer all sorts of vitamins and minerals our bodies need.

When it comes to your veggies, it’s all about finding what you like – how you like to cook them, what combinations you like, which meals they go best with, etc. Some of my favorite combos are spinach and mushrooms, which go great with eggs in the morning, and zucchini, squash and carrots all roasted together. Roasting vegetables has become one of my favorite ways to eat them. You simply toss them in olive oil and seasoning and stick them in the oven. The flavor is wonderful.

However, roasting them in the oven is not always the quickest, and if you’re like the majority of people in this busy world time is not something you always have a lot of. In fact, today was one of those days for me where after working late, I definitely did not have time to come home and let my dinner sit in the oven for 40 minutes – especially if I was going to fit in a workout. So, I decided to try something different, and it came out so great I wanted to share it with all of you.

Here’s a quick go-to dinner option for your veggies: Chop up zucchini, squash, onions and bell peppers – as much as you want and for as many people as you want. Toss in olive oil, a dash of salt, black pepper and any herbs and seasoning you like. Just avoid using seasoning mixtures with added salt. Spray a large skillet with olive oil and saute your veggies until slightly browned on both sides. The sauteed onions add great flavor to the mixture.  Below is a picture of what mine looked like tonight. I apologize for the poor quality. My camera was dead and I don’t have a fancy iPhone like most of you 🙂

Let me know what your favorites are!

Breakfast! It really is that important.

Everyone knows and has probably heard many times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, for some reason it’s the meal we all often skimp on. If you’re like me, it’s hard to get up in the morning and take the time to actually prepare a substantial meal. However, if you can get in the habit of doing so, I guarantee you’ll see how worth it this is. It’s the kickstart your metabolism needs to get you ready for the day.

That being said, there’s one major component that is a breakfast must. PROTEIN! You need this to start your day out right and fuel your body. I try to always include some form of protein, as well as a fruit and some kind of grain such as toast or oatmeal.

I promised pictures, so below is an example of a great breakfast. This morning I had berries, sweet potato hash browns (homemade! see how-to below), and a 3 egg white/1 yolk omelet with 1 tsp of parmesan for my protein. So filling and so delicious. When you eat tasty breakfast like this, it will be worth getting up those 15 minutes earlier.

Now, here’s how one goes about making sweet potato hash browns. Simply chop up a cup of sweet potatoes, toss in olive oil and your favorite seasoning, and bake for at least 30 minutes until they’re soft. I used a dash of salt and pepper, and rosemary to season mine and they turned out great, but you can experiment with your favorites and see what you like.

Just Beginning

So here’s the deal, as mentioned here, with The Skinny Rules as my guidelines, I have completely revamped my whole way of eating. Needless to say, I’ve tried a LOT of new things this week and cooked more this week than I probably have my entire life – or at least it feels like it. Despite the ideas we all have about “health” food, it was all quite yummy.

I ate pesto roasted chicken, grilled steak and asparagus, cobb salad, omelets, and stir fry, all of which I cooked myself. Sounds delicious, right? And, it’s all healthy. Okay, there were a few weird things like the ‘Lean, Mean, Green Drink,’ which was a mixture of berries and greens in liquid form, but even it was pretty tasty (much to my surprise).

I’m just beginning to try all these new things, but I encourage you to try some of them with me. I’ve learned so much already and want to share it all! So, with the encouragement of a friend, I’ve decided to start this blog primarily to share all this amazing food with you, but also to pass along my totally non-expert knowledge. In the posts to come, you’re going to see a lot of delicious and hopefully helpful ideas, so stay tuned!