Changing my eating habits has been positive for me in more than one way. Not only have I dropped two pant sizes without trying, but I have tried so many new foods that I’m finding to be amazing!
Growing up, my mom fed me fruits and vegetables. Our veggies usually consisted of canned corn, canned green beans, canned carrots, and potatoes. We did eat more fresh fruit, typically apples, bananas, and sometimes peaches. We didn’t eat much variety, and what we did eat, usually came from a can.
In just the past two months, I have eaten more fruits and vegetables than I have eaten in probably the past 10 years. I have also tried so many new things, or foods that I had never had fresh. This is my list of things you should try if you have never had them or just try to eat more of!
- Beets – I did eat beets as a child. My mother took us to Morrison’s (now Piccadilly) on a weekly basis after swimming lessons as a child. The man there said I was the only child that ever asked for beets. This was my only experience with beets… out of a can. We recently had lunch from one of the food trucks here in Anchorage. Their only vegetarian option was beet sliders. I knew I liked beets as a child, but it had been so long. I gave them a shot. Fresh beets are So. Much. Better! Since trying the sliders, I have made roasted beet tacos and roasted beets with quinoa. Give beets a shot!
- Butternut Squash – I had never had butternut squash until about a month ago. We were at Alaska Bagel and they had butternut squash soup. I had a taste of Tony’s and it was delicious. Since then I have been in love with butternut squash. I made soup, which was good, then I used the leftover soup to make butternut squash mac n’ cheese. Be creative! (I also tried spaghetti squash the other night at a restaurant. Give that a try too!)
- Pears – The only pears I had ever eaten as a child were the canned pears they served in the cafeteria at lunch. I had no concept of what a fresh pear would taste like. I am in love with fresh organic pears. They are now a regular on my grocery list. They are the perfect snack.
- Quinoa – I had never even heard of quinoa until my cousin Ellen came back from wilderness camp. It was one of the few things they ate and she said she would never eat it again. Since then, I have gathered a ton of recipes for quinoa. It is so good for you and is a great substitute for rice. Give it a try if you haven’t already.
- Lentils – Lentils are completely new to me. They are a legumes and they are super tasty. I made lentil soup for dinner last night. Ava likes to eat them raw, only soaked (I tried one like this, it is gross). They have a slightly peppery flavor. Yummy!
I am still learning on this new food adventure. I am trying new things every day. What are some new foods you have tried recently?