There are some great ways to get more veggies and fruit into your diet.
Smoothies have been a nutrient powerhouse for Jeff and I for the past few weeks. He uses several blends of frozen fruit and some fresh spinach. I use mostly fresh foods with a little frozen. I like to use unsweetened kefir and add in a banana, a cup of blueberries, 2 handfuls of spinach or kale, frozen peaches, frozen cherries. I also add in a tablespoon of coconut oil. This will actually sustain me until about 11:00.
For lunch, I've been hitting a local grocery store that has a great salad bar. Fresh spinach, raw broccoli, cauliflower, shredded carrots, hard boiled egg, celery, cucumbers, sunflower seeds. Indulge in some ranch dressing or go for the ginger vinaigrette I keep at work.
But smoothies and salads can get a little... repetitious.
Sunday, I wanted soup. I've been ordering soup in restaurants - after asking questions or doing online research ahead of time. Fire Roasted Veggie Soup at McAlister's is a great choice. I look for broth based, loaded with veggies, limited on pasta (or I eat around most of the pasta).
I just made a big pot of soup, had some for dinner, and am eager to have it for lunch this week.
I used 32 oz of chicken stock, 4 cups of water, 3 tb of onion base for my broth.
Then I added in about 1 cup of a whole grain medley I got at Target. It has brown rice, rye, bulgur, red quinoa, wheat, wild rice.
I let that simmer for a bit. And then I stopped measuring anything. I added in a bunch of leftover chicken. I added in cut up baby carrots. I added a can of tomatoes with chilies. I drained and added a can of black beans. Throughout all the steps, my soup simmered for about 2 hours.
I got a bowl. Whenever I make soup, it ends up being heavy on the ingredients and light on the broth - which is fine with me. I ladeled up some soup and added in a small handful of fresh baby spinach and stirred it into the hot soup. Then I cut up some fresh cilantro all over the top.
It was delicious. And I got spinach, carrots, tomato, chicken, and cilantro.
Soup for you!