Ideas for your diet – Day 5, week 1

Posted: October 1, 2018 By:

In week one we are focusing on eating more vegetables. Here are some more ideas on how to eat more veggies…

Skewers – Make small skewers of raw vegetables. For example use cherry tomatoes, real mozzarella, and basil – and then dip them into (or drizzle with) olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Or in a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, and basil; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Thread mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, and zucchini onto skewers. Place skewers onto a baking sheet. Brush olive oil mixture onto the skewers and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
Any soft vegetable works well with skewers e.g. mushrooms, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes,  capsicum, zucchini, onions etc.
Fruit skewers are also a refreshing treat.

Vegetable sticks – I know that this maybe seems a bit ho-hum – but it is all in the dips you put with them. Cut sticks of vegetables such as carrot, capsicum, celery, and cucumber.  Try adding some tomato salsa, tzatziki, or hummus on the side. You can change-up the hummus by adding puréed cooked beetroot, pumpkin, kumara, spinach, herbs or roasted capsicum. Or mash up avocado and mix in some hummus. Or try avocado with tuna, or cream cheese and lemon.

Kale chips – Pull 3 or 4 big leaves into bite-size pieces. Put into a bowl, mix in one tablespoon of olive oil and massage into the leaves well and then sprinkle with little sea salt. Bake in the oven on a tray at 135 C for about 30 minutes, or until they are nice and crisp. Watch them closely as they burn easily. They are very yummy and my family loves them. Best to be eaten when fresh.

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