I woke up absolutely starving! Oatmeal, boiled eggs, and milk again. I had a sudden thought this morning in the shower. I recall doing another SNAP meal plan design for a family of 4, and noticed that the menu had WAY more variety and achieved all the recommendations. This makes me realize that it is actually much easier to eat on a SNAP budget, when you are buying for more people. That way, you can combine the money and buy more at once, so you can eat more variety over time. Do you all shop and cook for one person or for a family?
This morning I ate oatmeal with some skim milk and peanut butter swirled in. I must say that I really love milk. When I was little, my mom made me drink it and I didn’t find it that amazing, but now that I am older, I can’t get enough of the stuff! Good thing too, because it is so good for you! Do you like to drink milk? I prefer 2% actually, but I bought skim this week because it was cheaper.
The first day of fall was this week and already the weather is beginning to change. The nights are cooler and the days are noticeably shorter. As sad as I am to see summer go, I am excited about all of my favorite fall foods- apples, pumpkins, winter squash, cranberries, etc.
What fall foods are you most looking forward to?
Fall Produce Recipes
- Buenos Apple Nachos
- Carrot Pineapple Muffins
- Baked Apple Oatmeal Casserole
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Honey of a Pumpkin Bar
- Baked Apples
- Crustless Pumpkin Pie
- Apple Cranberry Pie
- Sesame Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts
- Egg, Broccoli and Rice Stir-Fry
- Glazed Parsnips
- Delicata Squash with Walnuts
- Skillet Pork and Apples
- Chicken and Broccoli Crustless Quiche
- Turkey and Sweet Potato Dinner
- Broccoli Cauliflower Apple Salad
- Brown Rice, Broccoli and Carrot Salad
- Carrot Raisin Pineapple Salad
- Butternut Squash & Apple Soup
- Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup
- Baked Apple and Sweet Potato Casserole
- Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
- Fall Vegetable Skillet
- Lemon Spinach
- Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Oven Roasted Vegetables
- Roasted Root Vegetables
- Pumpkin Dip with Ginger Snaps
- Apple Oatmeal Balls
Let us know in the comments which recipes you plan to try!
Written by Jordan Zelenky
Part of National Nutrition Month 2014
How many times have you been told to eat two or three servings of vegetables every day? If you’re anything like me, you probably hear that message all the time. Unfortunately, most people just don’t like the taste of those green, leafy veggies.
What’s so special about greens? Take spinach, for example, which is an excellent source of Vitamins K and A, and is very low in fat (Palmer, 2009). All of those benefits are great, but because spinach has such a bland taste, it is often excluded from my meals. I knew I had to start eating spinach because relying on broccoli and carrots to get enough veggies doesn’t provide enough variety, so I thought about adding spinach to smoothies.
Smoothies are so versatile, which makes them an easy way to add new foods to your diet if you’re unsure about a new food’s texture. The thought of an overwhelming spinach taste in my smoothie made me nervous at first, but after my first try combining the ingredients the flavors were nothing but strawberries, bananas, and soy milk! The spinach blended into the flavors of the fruits perfectly, and I was left with my normal smoothie, just a little more green in color.
To make my smoothie, use 2 large strawberries, ½ ripe banana, a couple of ice cubes, ½ cup of soy milk, and a ¼ cup of spinach. Next, cut up the strawberries and banana, then combine all of the ingredients into the blender. Pulse the blender for 30 seconds, but you can adjust that time depending on the thickness you prefer. Try to come up with your own combination of flavors and veggies! I’d love to hear new ideas to mix up my routine ingredients.
Palmer, S. (2009). Spinach Flexes Its Mighty Nutrition Muscle. Environmental Nutrition, 32(3), 8-8.
Written by Katarina Smiljanec
Part of National Nutrition Month 2014
Imagine a rainbow of tropical colors combined in a nutritious drink! Fresh squeezed juice is a delicious way of refreshing and energizing your body. By focusing and thinking about what you are tasting, you are also making your brain exercise and stay healthy.
I decided to make a juice from fresh oranges, carrots, grapefruit and ginger (in the picture). The pigments from each blend together to create an appealing bright orange color, stimulating the appetite. The dominating citrus aroma from the oranges is fused with a hint of ginger, making your brain curious as to what exactly you will taste. When the refreshing drink touches your taste buds, the smooth consistency allows you to differentiate between each of the blended fruits and veggies. The mild, sweet flavor of carrots and citrusy, sweet flavor of oranges makes the base of the juice while the grapefruit and ginger root give just a slight bitter aftertaste, but enough to make you go for more.
There are numerous fruit and veggie combinations that will excite your taste buds. It takes no longer than a few minutes of your busy schedule to make juice with them. Some of them might not taste good to you, but experimenting with different ingredients can open up the doors to amazing flavors. Which is your favorite combo?
For those that would like to try the described juice, here is the recipe:
- 7 carrots
- 3 oranges
- 1/2 grapefruit
- 0.5”x1” piece of ginger root
Yields 12oz of juice.
Wash all the ingredients. Peel the oranges and the grapefruit. There is no need to peel the carrots and the ginger root. Juice the fruits and veggies, pour in a glass, and enjoy!
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