Just last week I shared with you an easy and simple way to get in a variety of fruits and vegetables into your daily meal plans.
But I know how challenging just getting a few fruits and veggies can be on a daily basis.
First, sometimes veggies can be a little more time consuming to prepare than some other foods. You’ve got to wash, chop, cut, steam, sauté or peal and many times this is a lot more than some people can fit into their busy schedules.
Second, there are a lot of different vegetables that are wonderful for our health and can really assist in burning off unwanted body fat, but people just don’t enjoy the taste.
I’m going to share 3 of my favorite foods (not necessarily all veggies) and how I’ve made them a delicious part of my healthy eating plan. Today we’ll begin with….
Super Healthy Food #1: KALE
Kale is "all the rave" these days. If there was an equivalent vegetable to the captain of the football team, kale would be it!
The good news is Kale is a health warrior like no other vegetable. It is jam packed with Vitamin C (for helping keep the immune system strong), loaded with beta carotene (to keep skin healthy and ward off skin cancer), and loaded with tons of calcium (which is wonderful especially for those who are worried they are not getting enough calcium when eliminating dairy products from their eating plan). Not to mention it is jam packed full of fiber, making you full faster and keep your bowels moving at a regular pace each day (2 very important components to weight loss).
With all these health benefits, what could be the bad news?
Unfortunately many people just don’t love the taste of kale. Now I’m not the right person to ask when it comes to the taste of veggies, because I am a diehard lover of all veggies (always was), but someone like my dear hubby who just does not appreciate many green things describes kale as "eating the grass in our backyard might be tastier"….you gotta love his honesty, right?
So here are 3 ways I, my hubby and my toddler all enjoy kale, not necessarily on a daily basis, but a minimum of 2-3 days per week.
1. Kale Chips
Making Kale Chips is easy. Tear the leaves into pieces and toss with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees F until crisp, 20 to 30 minutes. Make sure to monitor your chips while they are cooking so as not to burn them.
My son and I are happy to snack on these throughout the day. You can combine them with some raw nuts and they’ll really help you get that snacking "crunch" you may be missing in your eating plan.
2. Chicken Vegetable Soup with Kale
Ingredients: · 2 teaspoons coconut oil · 1/2 cup chopped onion · 1/2 cup chopped carrot · 1 teaspoon thyme · 2 cloves garlic, minced · 2 cups chicken broth or water · 3/4 cup diced tomatoes · 1 cup cooked chicken, skinned and cubed · 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (optional) · 1 cup chopped kale, stem removed (about one large leaf)
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