This PDF from Balanced bites is a great resource. I've downloaded it and will be referring to it often. Don't try and make this picture bigger, it just goes fuzzy. Just bite the bullet and download so you can take a proper look.
I think variety and flavour in my food is really important. I don't like eating the same boring thing all the time. But since we had kids we've kept things relatively plain to better suit their tastes. Take vegetables for example. There are a ton of different varieties out there but we generally stick to a limited few and cook them in the same old ways. For me, it was vegetables I knew the kids would eat for dinner. In the Winter I'd lightly steam Carrots, Peas, Broccoli and boil or roast Potatoes. In the Summer, a salad with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Avocado.
But, did you know that Brussel Sprouts and Bacon are amazing together? Or that Parsnip and Cauliflower make a really tasty substitute for mashed potatoes? Or that you can make just about any vegetable into a crunchy chip to snack on?
Part of this new lifestyle for me, means trying new foods and cooking with ingredients that I haven't given a second thought to before. Yes, I may get a few turned up noses at mealtimes, but if we don't try, we'll never know. I want us to eat more REAL FOOD, in all the colours of the rainbow.
This is what real food looks like:
I could happily eat the contents of that plate =)
I am testing out a bunch of new recipes and I will share the successful ones here so that we can all get the benefit from them.
Are you guilty like us of eating the same vegetables all the time? Is there something new you'd like to try? I'd love to hear your comments.