Kudos to my sister.
Thanks to her eagle eye, she caught a typo in my last blog. Oh, the horror! If you’ve noticed, when I sign off on each blog post, I sign off with “Veg in, don’t veg out.” Yes, I realize it’s not as awesome as Jerry Springer’s sign off “Take care of yourselves, and each other,” or Walter Kronkite’s signature, “And that’s the way it is.” But mine is mine and here’s what it means:
Veg in. Getting more veggies into your diet is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. Veggies are full of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Looking for some sneaky ways to get those veggies in?
1. Add veggies to your pasta dishes. In a pinch for a quick dinner? Make your pasta, open a jar of spaghetti sauce and add some peas, sauteed zucchini, broccoli, etc.
2. Add avocado to your smoothies. TRUST ME! If you mix it with sweeter add-ins such as bananas and cacao powder, you won’t taste the avocado, and it will give your smoothies a really creamy, interesting texture
3. Use your veggies as a vehicle to get to the dip. No, not commercial, fat-laden ranch dressing; try cutting up some cucumbers, or open up a bag of baby carrots and dip them in delicious hummus.
4. Pair your veggies with something sweeter. Slather a healthy nut butter onto celery. Want a fun treat for the kids? Add some raisins on top. I call it, “ants on a log.”
5. Like eggs for breakfast? Jazz them up with veggies! Make an omelet and toss in your veggie favorites, or, make this healthier version of eggs Benedict
1 bunch of asparagus
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 TBSP mayonnaise or veganaise
1 tsp champagne vinegar
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss asparagus with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until tender.
For the sauce, combine mustard, mayonnaise or veganaise, vinegar, and mustard powder in a bowl.
Cook two eggs over easy (or, anyway you like them).
Plate your asparagus, top with eggs, drizzle on the sauce, and there’s your breakfast! It’s like a five star hotel brunch in your own kitchen!
Now let’s talk about vegging out. When you think of vegging out, you probably think of lying around on the couch watching TV (Sharknado, perhaps?) And to be sure, rest is important for your body, but too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Make sure that you get plenty of exercise. Find something that you like to do, and don’t be afraid to shake up your routine to avoid boredom. I am a marathon runner, a martial artist, and I’ve dabbled in yoga and Pilates. We all know that exercise improves your health and helps manage your weight, but exercise also helps combat stress and is good for your mind. Here are a few easy tips to help you keep up with your exercising:
1. Schedule your exercise like you schedule all your other appointments; you must make time for yourself.
2. Keep a set of exercise clothes in your car so you can run to the gym or the park when you have some unexpected downtime.
3. Enlist the help of friends. It’s a lot harder to bag your morning run when you know your friend is out there waiting for you at 5 am.
Well, that’s all for today. Time to sign off with my signature (and this time) correct sign off.
Stay well my friends, and veg in, don’t veg out!