If you missed the recap, I ran a 15K Race on Saturday!
Good morning! Today is shaping up to be a busy day. I have to work (I’m on-call until Friday), prepare for a meeting with my publisher for the Operation Beautiful book, go to Physics class and lab, and hopefully find time to squeeze in a run.
Breakfast got me going!
The star was Zesty Carrot Juice! I have finally perfected the recipe:
- 1 cup organic carrot juice
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoon pureed ginger
- juice of 1 lime
- juice of 1/2 lemon
Shake or blend the drink and enjoy! Here are my favorite brands to use for Zesty Carrot Juice:
I also had a Bialy with real cream cheese (yum!).
And a side of cantaloupe:
Learn to Luv Veggies Challenge
Stephanie from the DailySpark promptly e-mailed me after reading my "I Hate Vegetables" confession. "No veggie goes uneaten in my presence," she declared. "It is my personal mission to teach everyone to love vegetables!" She proposed a Learn to Luv Veggies Challenge.
If you recall, I don’t really "get along" with vegetables. This is why I eat so many vegetables in smoothie/drink form. To me, veggies are kind of like your best friend’s obnoxious boyfriend. Out of respect, you pretend like you like him and even invite him places, but really — you think he sucks.
But, with the help of DailySpark, I’m turning over a new (spinach) leaf. Look — Me and Eggplant, hanging out like old pals:
The Learn to Luv Veggies Challenge consists of 5 days of pure veggie love, starting today!
Stephanie emailed me a list of ways to learn to love veggies:
- Add olive oil/lemon/garlic: Sautéing garlic in a bit of olive oil and adding lemon zest and juice really brings out great flavor.
- Change the texture: Changing the way you cut vegetable can affect how they taste.
- Try Roasting: This technique works for any root vegetable: potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, parsnips, carrots, butternut and acorn squash, even radishes. You can also roast broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, okra, and peppers.
- Use "Cream" sauce: Make your ordinary steamed vegetables a bit more decadent with a bit creaminess.
- Create "Pancakes" or quiches/frittatas: Because — let’s face it– everything tastes better in pancake form.
- Apply Low-calorie flavor boosters: Try adding lemon juice, capers, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes!
- Get saucy: Top your vegetables with your favorite sauces.
I am MORE than ready to learn to love vegetables — truly love them, not just eat them because I "should." I’ll explore each of these techniques a little more each day.
Stay tuned for lunch… I have some veggie-rific meals planned!