March rings in the annual nation-wide eating right effort, National Nutrition Month™, which encourages people to think about their food and drink choices every day. With this year’s theme, Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right, the focus is on taste and flavor of foods. Who doesn’t love good tasting – as well as healthful foods? However, many people just get too busy or stuck in food ruts that they can’t think about new ways to eat.
Thus, my Evolve Your Eating Challenge was born. It’s a 29-day challenge (March 3 – 31) for participants to eat foods that fit into a weekly theme with daily corresponding challenges. For example, since color is such a big factor in healthy food choices, the challenge kicked-off with a week of “Experimenting with Color”. Each day the challenge members were given a new color for that day and they had to add a fruit or veggie of that color to their eating day.
Here’s how our calendar for week #1 shaped up: red, blue, green, yellow, purple, pink and white.
Not only is this a fun mindful way to get in healthy foods, but new recipes are coming forth from this challenge…
Here’s one that I created for Wednesday’s “Green” Day:
Curried Broccoli Almond Soup
1 large head of broccoli, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup raw almonds, roasted
1 cup low-fat milk (1 or 2 percent)
1/4 cup water (optional)
1 tsp. curry powder
Pinch of salt
Directions: Place broccoli in a colander steaming pot over boiling water for 5 – 7 minutes (until vibrant green) and remove for heat. You can also place in the microwave for 60 – 90 seconds. Let cool for a minute. Place in a Vitamix or blender. Add almonds, milk, water (for less thick consistency), curry powerder and salt. Place cover on and puree for 5 – 10 minutes. (If using a Vitamix, set to the “Soup” setting and blend until is turns off automatically. It will be heated when done). If you need to transfer to a pot to heat, simmer it for a few minutes and then serve.
Nutrition Information (per 1/2 cup serving): Calories: 242, Total fat: 10 g, Saturated fat: 1 g, Trans fat: 0 g, Cholesterol 6 mg, Sodium 203 mg, Total Carbs 30g, Dietary Fiber 10g, Sugars 12 g, Protein 6 g.
Enjoy! Join us for the #EvolveYourEating Challenge anytime this month. We are having a lot of good food fun. Looking forward to Week 2 “Going with Grains”…
Health & happiness,