If you’re like most of the population, it’s easy to fall in to a daily routine. I am such a routine person; wake up, brush my teeth, eat my breakfast, blog, exercise, work, eat, work, make dinner, go for a walk, clean something, watch one of my nightly TV shows, go to sleep. Day after day. If my routine is messed with, I’m not a happy camper! How many of you guys are like that?
In regards to food however, even though I might eat around the same times every day, I try to change up my meals as much as possible. Did you know I once read that we should be consuming AT LEAST 23 DIFFERENT foods every day? How many of us actually do that?
I USED to be one of the people who ate about the same thing every day. There was a period where I couldn’t go a day without hummus and it was all I ever wanted for lunch. When I was living in Ann Arbor, I rotated between the same 5-6 dinners every week because I was by myself and it was easy. Things drastically changed when I got married and started The Healthy Apron though. I was challenging myself to be more adventurous and try NEW foods and recipes every week. It was difficult at first, but after a few months, I got down a NEW routine…making a grocery list! What a difference there is in the grocery shopping experience when you have a meal plan and a list to follow!
I started slowly by changing up our week night dinners. I chose 2-3 new foods to incorporate every week and it was fun experimenting. I realize this can be a challenge when you have more than 2 people to cook for, but I say…GO FOR IT! Give your spouse and children something new to eat and they just may surprise you by liking it! If not, at least you can say you tried and maybe you can put that new food in a different dish for next time? Just try to mildly step out of your comfort zone and you may surprise yourself AND your taste buds.
Now what about the rest of the day? Is that SAME bowl of cereal or toast still calling your name? Well it’s time to make a change! The more variety you add to your diet, the more nutrients your body can consume and the healthier you will be!
So if you eat a banana or an apple every day for breakfast, try having berries, kiwi, or plums! If you are stuck in a peanut butter and jelly rut, why not make a huge salad and add 3-5 veggies that you rarely consume!? Add some staying power with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits! If you always eat the same granola bar every afternoon, time to change it up! Try fruit and yogurt, veggies and hummus, or cheese and crackers. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE! Summer is right around the corner and the produce aisles will be loaded with lots of fresh stuff! So I encourage you to start using them!!
This is my challenge. Every week, I will choose ONE new food for each of you readers to try. I will be using the same food in a recipe for either breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. I want YOU to do the same! Let’s give our bodies a boost of nutrition and start the spring/summer of 2012 off on the right foot! My hope is that this little step will lead you to take MORE steps to add variety to your daily diet!
What’s up for this week? RASPBERRIES!
I LOVE adding raspberries to my morning oats! So I want YOU to give it a try! A serving of raspberries (~3/4 c.) will start your day with a heavy dose of Vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and phytonutrients to help ward off diseases like cancer!!
When was the last time you helped yourself to some raspberries? Although not in season at the moment, plenty of health food stores carry organic raspberries in the freezer section. I believe Trader Joe’s has the cheapest at $2.99/bag. NOT BAD!
Give this concoction a whirl!
- 1/2 c. plain oats
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 3/4 c. raspberries
- liquid stevia (optional)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Bring milk to boil on your stove top. Stir in oats, raspberries, cinnamon, stevia, vanilla. Let simmer for ~5 minutes until oats reach your desired consistency. Enjoy!Print