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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

WIAW #13 Steamed Veggies Have Taken Over My Diet!

Vacations are great; time spent away from work and with people you love help you forget the daily stresses and relax (hopefully).  But then there's the dreaded end of vacation where the little worries start popping back into your head and you dread the return to routine. I'm sure most of you know what I'm talking about, and I have some of that feeling now.
From Left: Me, Kelley, and my Grandma on a visit to Baltimore, Maryland.

This can really zap the motivation to cook right out of me.  Do you ever get this feeling? Luckily, I am set in my ways and determined to make healthy choices.  Thank goodness there's frozen produce to fall back on!

Although most of my vacation eats entailed steamed veggies at grandma's house, I thoroughly enjoy eating these and haven't grown tired of them yet. Upon our return home, I gathered several bags of Earth's various frozen gifts and quickly created meals for our shortened work week lunches.  Since veggies reign supreme in our home, I had extras for breakfast and dinner too.

These may not be extravagant foods, but they sure are healthy and I feel they keep my ticker ticking better than the person in a McDonald's line.  No offense if you're one of those people, I just chose Mickey D's, but it could be any fast food chain.

With that said, I'm home and ready for another What I Ate Wednesday post! Happy WIAW!

Breakfast – Microwave scrambled egg whites mixed with a generous medley of steamed beans and veggies. I seasoned everything with pepper, cayenne, cumin, garlic powder, and dill. See that full cup of coffee? I didn't need that to wake me up for the morning, the spice was good enough....but no need to waste good coffee, I drank that too.

Snack – Unique Sprouted Whole Grain Pretzels I brought back from PA and green tea. I'm pretty sure all the best pretzels and made in PA; even the smallest convenience store has at least 4 different brands to choose from! Mmmm, pretzels are my Prozac; they're comforting crunch and salty goodness flips the "I'm stressed" switch to OFF.

Lunch – Spicy chilled quinoa and vegetable bean salad; organic golden delicious apple; baby carrots and baby bok choy

Snack – Ugh, back to work after being gone for over a week; no snack today.

Dinner – Even more steamed veggies (not complaining, really); the Brussels Sprouts were green globes of goodness satisfying both my sweet and savory taste buds; Baby Bok Choy Lump Crab Sliders (recipe to come soon....it's easy); chocolate squash protein smoothie; plain non-fat Chobani Greek yogurt with dry roasted almonds.

Awesome! That was a lot of vegetables and I am not complaining one bit.  The best part is that there are so many vegetables to try that it's hard to truly get bored of them, despite what some people say or think.  So many friends and family talk as if it's hard to eat like me, but after slowly making the change from packaged foods to whole foods, it becomes second nature.

I've read enough ingredient labels and food articles to view a slice of chocolate cake at a restaurant as nothing more than a combo of hydrogenated oils, sugar, corn starch, more sugar, and a little crap.

My apologies if you think I'm being too harsh, it's just a topic I'm passionate about and don't like to hold anything back when discussing it.

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  1. Steamed veg is the best! I always have them like that I they've probably taken over my diet as well :) Frozen veg packets are perfect for making easy meals, I love them for that reason. You're SO right about packaged foods. I always think something looks good, but know in my heart that it wouldn't taste good, so I don't buy it. When I make things myself, I feel much better.
    and yay for another brussels sprouts lover!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post! Glad to see others feel the same way I do on packaged/self-prepared foods.

      Brussels Sprouts in a bowl work as popcorn for me!!

  2. I know how you feel about people who like to comment about how "hard" it is to eat healthy. I try not to preach to people about my vegan lifestyle because I know this is a lifestyle that most people cannot or would not commit themselves to. I think the best way to talk to people is really to not talk at all and just lead by example, and soon others will follow. I'm the only one of my friends and coworkers who doesn't get sick, I have the most energy and live the most healthy life...I owe it all to my plant based diet and hope others can see that too!
    Yay to all your good and healthy eats!

    1. Hi Shelby, thank you for the insightful comments! I absolutely agree that leading by example is the best approach. I hope others put it together when they see I am able to recover faster from excerise and always have something extra left in the tank.

      Yay for living healthy and happy lives!!

  3. Mmmm....I think I could eat steamed veggies all day! They are so easy, and you can add them to just about anything!

    1. Agreed. Maybe we could get a community of bloggers to participate in an all day Veg-Fest where we post all of the veggies we've used throughout the day. I can't think of a meal where they couldn't work!

      Thanks for commenting!!

  4. Sprouted wholegrain pretzles?! WOW Wish we had those in the UK! Or maybe that would be a bad idea as I could get a little addicted... ;)

    1. Yeah, it's really hard to find a pretzel that's whole grain without a lot of added "fluff". These sprouted ones are addicting, but soooooo worth it. Here is the link to the store; maybe they'll ship to you in the UK? http://www.uniquesplits.com/shop/pc/

      These go perfect with mustard or peanut butter....but don't mix the two! Thanks for stopping by!