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Jan 2, 2014 07:20AM
Jan 2, 2014 07:52AM
The best way to change your eating habits is to change your shopping habits. If you don't have crappy food in the house, then it won't be there to eat. Try filling the fridge with good food. You'll be surprised how appetizing the fridge looks with all the different colors of fruits and veggies. Having it look good is the first step in having it taste good. A few hints; bulk up your herb and spice collection, use fresh ground pepper and have lemons on hand to add to green veggies. If your food is bland, you won't enjoy it.
Also, preperation is important. If you're like me, if it's not right in front of me, I don't bother eating it, especially when it comes to having fruit ready to just grab and eat. Buy a variety of fruits and spend a little time peeling and washing, put it in a pretty glass bowl and stick it in the fridge so that when you need a snack, you can just grab it out of the bowl.
I think this was mentioned earlier, but a lot of people don't like vegetables because they've been eating frozen steamed mush. Almost any vegetable tastes amazing if it's cooked right. Fresh and roasted is the best way to go. Here's a recipe for brocolli that I know you'll love.
Cut fresh brocolli florets into large pieces
Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper, and three or four cloves of minced garlic. (use olive oil sparingly. Despite all the hype, it's still a fat) I like using a spray bottle for oil.
Spread evenly on baking sheet
Bake at 425 for 20 minutes
Add the juice and zest of a lemon after baking and cover with a spoonful of parmesan cheese (a little goes a long way).
Another good one to try is sweet potatoes
Cut a sweet potato into fry-size pieces
Toss in olive oil (again, sparingly), salt, pepper, garlic, dry mustard, thyme and a little rosemary
Bake at 450 for about 25 minutes, flipping half way through. When the ends turn nice and brown and crunchy, enjoy.
To make snacks like popcorn and rice crackers taste better, here's a quick blend you can put in a shaker and use on anything bland. I also use it a lot on lean grilled meats.
1/4 cup paprika
2 tbsp chili powder
1-2 tbsp brown sugar (depending how sweet you like it)
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
Bottom line, shop for good FRESH fruits and veggies, don't overcook them, buy only lean meats and use herbs, spices, citrus juices and zests to make everything tasts delicious.....and never use anything frozen or canned. It just doesn't have a good texture when it's cooked. If the texture and flavor aren't good, you're not likely to enjoy it and you'll go back to eating the not so good for you stuff.
Really....try the brocolli, if nothing else. Even when my kids were little, they preferred it to anything else, which is saying something.
Good luck to you in improving your diet. Baby steps.
Edited: for clarity and to add, anytime you're roasting a veggie make sure it's completely dry. If it's moist, you'll lose the nice crunchy texture.
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