Sometimes New Year’s Resolutions suck. The New Year comes just after the Christmas whirlwind, when bank accounts are low, waistlines are expanded, and the weather is gloomy. I like the idea of NYR’s, but the reality is often less than inspiring.
Instead, I propose we practice Spring Break Resolutions. (Or maybe just “Spring Resolutions” for those of y’all who are not students or otherwise ruled by a school calendar ). Spring is a time of growth, of birth, and of life! What a perfect time to let go of things holding us back and commit to something great, right?
This year, I was lucky enough to experience a true Spring Break. Between grad school terms, I took some days off at work and ventured with my beloved to Zion National Park in Utah. What a beautiful and inspiring place!
After four miles of hiking in the wrong direction (whoops), and more miles in the right direction, Dale and I finally made it to the breathtaking lookout he stands at in the photo above. Feeling a bit achy, thirsty, and completely exhilarated, I realized that it was time to change some things in my life. You have to grab inspiration whenever and however it comes.
One small (but meaningful) resolution I made was to eat more fruit and vegetables. This seems so incredibly easy in theory. And yet, since last winter, I had developed such a taste for all food that is not produce (cheese! bread! chocolate! yogurt!) that I had to really put a lot of time into making this change.
For today’s Foodie Friday, I’m going to share some tips for doing this. To be honest, this is mostly a selfish post. Now I won’t have the excuse that I don’t know how to eat fruit and vegetables.
Lindsey’s Guide to Eating Fruits & Vegetables
- Do it early. When eating breakfast (which is always a good idea), don’t let a meal go by without some kind of produce. Add fruit to oatmeal or on top of toast. If you are feeling egg-y, saute up a mix of veggies and put an egg on top (see photo at the top of the page.)
- Cook it all at once. I realized that one thing holding me back was the time it took to cook the produce I love. To get around this, I resolved to use my Sunday afternoons to roast up a batch of things like potatoes, squash, and onions to eat throughout the week.
- Snacks! Replace the granola bar, sugary yogurt, or candy with apples, carrots, and bananas. If you still want one of those other things after eating the produce, you can have it.
- Plan your lunches. This one piggy-backs off of no. 2. Once I had things like squash and potatoes cooked up, it was easy to pack it up for lunch. This has reduced the number of impulse (i.e. fast food) lunches.
- Smoothies. When lusting after desserts, throw together a smoothie with frozen fruit, something like carrots or spinach, a bit of powdered drink mix like Crystal Light, and water. Yum.