So here we are, at the end of my month with Jenny Craig. I
Just stopping by to say CONGRATS! I don’t have any secret fruit or veggie recipes, but I do love me some smoothies. Or fruit salsa. Winters are hard if you are not a root veggie kind of gal (I’m not), so I tend to stick to traditional salads and carrots (okay, carrots bathed in honey and butter–condiments don’t count, right?)
Keep up the good work!
That’s so great that you were ale to learn so much about yourself! We’ve been getting a ton of apples and interesting veggies from our CSA (which I LOVE). For salads, I like having Craisins or other dried fruit on hand to add, plus a small amount of nuts (walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, whatever we have. I buy them at Costco and keep them in the freezer to stay fresh). Last night, we had a ton of beets, so I roasted them and made a super easy balsamic reduction. It was my first time doing this and it was delicious! I also love little squashes halved, filled with applesauce, Craisins and cinnamon & roasted in the oven. SO good and healthy!
This is more appropriate for the spring, but I love this quick zucchini saute. I just slice a zucchini into matchstick size slices. Toss them with a very little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and a handful of slivered or sliced almonds. I just saute it for five minutes on medium heat (because I like them heated but with a little crunch) but you can saute for longer.
I also love making grilled and/or roasted veggies. Slice squash (i love zucchini and summer squash), mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and cherry tomatoes. Toss with a little olive oil, juice from one to two lemons, salt, pepper and thyme. Skewer and grill. Or you can add some sliced potatoes and roasted in oven at 350 until tender. You can microwave the potatoes for a couple of minutes to help the roasting go faster.
For roasting, I mix up the marinades. Sometimes it’s a little olive oil and seasoned salt. Sometimes its with olive oil and fresh herbs like rosemary. Other times its balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
My favorite different way to eat apples is with a bit of peanutbutter on top. My favorite different healthy veggie is steamed green beans with parmesan cheese on top!
Smoothies are my fave.
Girlie-girl…I love your picture..you’re a beauitful woman..Might I suggest spaghetti squash..so easy to cook..just wash the squash-dry it- poke lots of hole in it with a knife…put it in microwave cook high for about 20/25 minutes…Until the skin in soft to the touch..watch out it’s pretty hot..Let it cool…cut in half-length wise– scoop seeds out–scoop the stringy meat out of shell serve with tomatoe sauce..very yummy and very buttery without even adding butter…hummm I eat it all the time…I think the boys might like it..all 4 of them…I am always buying an extra one cooking it and forcing it on my friends….Best thing about it no clean up…Oh, I bet you could serve it out of the shell (of course after scooping it out and then replacing it) and the boys would dig that…Let them help you cook it..then they’ll part take in the eating of it…I only wish I had found this veggy when my sons where younger..what a fun food to eat…Try it let me know…
Fruit/veggie smoothie are my favorite. It’s easy, quick to prepare and lots of possibilities to make it.
baking veggies in the oven is delicious. I love zucchini and squash. Also I try to make fruit salads. it helps to switch things up. I have to have variety or i get bored easily eating the same thing. congrats on the weight loss!
slicing up sweet potatoes for fries, pureeing bananas and other fruit for a frozen treat, and making kale chips!
My suggestions for delicious fruits and vegetables is eat them as is…which gets the best nutrition without adding any calories. My trick is to get the mini version. I’ve seen mini size apples and bananas out there. So, you can enjoy a lot more varieties and still on the right tract with calories in take. Other fruit such as grapes and berries are perfect for portion control as well.
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I lack in eating veggies and fruits but nothing gets me more psyched for fruits and veggies than the farmers market.
I do love making my own yogurt parfait with strawberries, blueberries and bananas!
I love just steamed veggies. They are my favorite.
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I like simple. Grabbing a bunch of grapes is probably my ideal snack food when I’m watching my weight.
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Hey Pam, I think you’re looking great! My latest veggie favorite is roasted cauliflower – it comes out nice and nutty and tasty. Just toss with salt and just a little oil and roast at 375 or so until it’s browned and a little crispy. I like to then grate a little bit of parmesan cheese over the top.
fresh (or frozen) fruit smoothies w/whey protein powder…..fills you up, tastes great, adds calcium, protein, vit c, fiber….awesome!!
Baked veggies are good, or hiding them in smoothies!
Grapes! Or my husband makes smoothies with a mixture of frozen berries and broccoli (which you can’t even taste) non fat yogurt and OJ! My fav way to eat healthy!
Oven-roasted sweet potatoes drizzled with honey!
Artichokes! Growing up I always had them traditionally: steamed served with a heaping side of butter. Now I’ve found to steam, then marinate in balsamic vinegar and some garlic, and grill them. Yum! And Sooo healthy!
aw, girl thank you so much on your insight with the Jenny Craig system.
I’m not sure if you’re into Easten flavors but I love getting my dose of veggies in Curries, it’s great if you use chicken breast or pork, the carrots get so tender and delicious. Also I love Spinch sauteed with minced garlic. yum. or i do a yummy low sodium sauteed of cauliflower, carrots, and mushrooms with garlic.
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frozen grapes and bananas are a great “ice cream” substitute during summer. Healthy and delicious!
Congrats on your weight loss. One of my favorite snacks is apple slices with Laughing Cow Light Cheese wedges. Very good and low calorie!
I like making healthy dips to go with my fruits or veggies. Low-fat cream cheese, marshmallow cream, and confectioners sugar, with a splash of lemon juice all blended together makes a super yummy fruit-dip! I like getting low-fat sour cream and adding a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip to it, makes a yummy veggie dip! Both are low in fat and calories.
This time of year, I love a great apple with some low-fat peanut butter on it. Not really a great recipe – but a super easy snack!
I would say make a fruit salad for snacking. Much more healthier than grabbing some chips or dessert.
I like fruit salad with cottage cheese and diet jello
I like baked apples, they make a great snack/dessert
I have a great microwave steamer that I use for all my fresh veggies…..I love to steam brocolli, cauliflower, aspargus, beans and peas. The steamer works beautifully and even my kids will eat their veggies without butter or sauce which is much more healthy.
Cube and roast butternut squash in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes (drizzle with one tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper before putting in oven). It’s great hot, cold on a spinach salad, or just as a cold side dish.
I LOVE making fresh salsa! It’s so healthy and I have convinced myself that if I spend the time chopping all those veggies I’m burning calories too. This might explain my food problem teehee.
Apple is my favorite!
We love fresh strawberries and cottage cheese. Sometimes I will buy bananas and put them in yogurt.
I nuke chopped apples and cinnamon and eat it with yogurt every morning.
I eat oatmeal for fiber and add powdered milk, craisins or fresh fruit.
I think the best way to incorporate fruits and veggies is a Smoothie Walmart sells a really nice smoothie make cheap if you need one. It is like $17. You could also get a juicer and juice for breakfast…
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Low fat smoothies with coconut water and fruit
Always keep fruits & veggies at hand for nibbles. I get baby carrots and snack on them a lot.
Thanks for the contest.
I make big batches of rice and beans that I can keep in the fridge for a few days . It is the perfect filling snack (or meal!). The variations are endless- spanish rice, creamy rice, pesto risotto, pilaf, saffron, etc. Beans can be black, pinto, refried, black-eyed peas, etc.
Thanks for the contest!
I keep fruits and vegetables and hand for snacks. I add frut to yogurt and oatmeal and have a big salad with lettuce, radishes, carrots and broccoli.
I like making cheese with plain yogurt. Drain it and mix with fresh herbs and then eat it with veggies as a dip.
I like to ‘saute’ green beans in broth with cherry tomatoes and a little black pepper, dash of salt & fresh basil Green beans are quickly blanched, then shocked in cold water before starting the saute. Cherry tomatoes are added the last 3 mins. Someone I know uses a similar recipe but sautes in Italian dressing.
I also like to eat a banana with a dab of peanut butter. For fruit salads I like to make a dressing from one cup plain yogurt with a touch of honey or one cup sugar free vanilla yogurt: cut into chunks enough seasonal fruit to make 4 cups, add dressing and allow to chill for at least an hour or more if possible. Depending on the fruit, a 1/4 tsp of poppy seeds can be added to the dressing.
Chop up and boil your veggies-carrots,beans,brocolli, cauliflower, potatos etc in water seasoned with salt and pepper. Saute them lightly in olive oil with onions and throw this into pre-cooked long grain rice to make a wholesome healthy yummy vegetable pilaf!
My favorite vegetable of all time is asparagus. I love to steam it and eat it with butter (or margarine, if you prefer). I could eat it every other day. 6 lbs. may seem like a drop in the bucket but it’s a great start; congrats!
I like to steam vegetables (broccoli, carrots, onions, peppers) and use a little teriyaki sauce to give them some flavor. You can serve them over rice.
My go-to snack to quell salty/crunchy cravings during my own weightloss journey has been almonds. Very satisfying and full of protein and healthy fats too.
Congrats to you and good luck going forward!
I love love love mangoes. But let me specify…ALFONSO mangoes. NOT those nasty pine-tree tasting, grainy green/red ones you usually find in your local grocery store. Go to an Indian or Mexican grocer in the spring and fall. That is when they are in season. They are smaller and yellow orange in color. They are shaped like a kidney. They are WONDERFUL! I peel and eat them right over the kitchen sink! You can also use them in smoothies and salsas!
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Baked carrots with a little brown sugar (or splenda brown sugar) sprinkled on them are fantastic!
And I love steamed green beans with slivered almonds mixed in and just a few drizzles of olive oil. Delish!
Good luck on your continuing journey!
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All I can say is I love pineapple.
I’ll do sliced apples, plums, pears, or pineapple on my Foreman I love grilled fruit.
Easy way to get a fruit serving and treat at the same time is a baked apple. Core it and drop in a little cinnamon, a few nuts and honey. Yummy.
I just really like to add a couple of fruits together, blend them up with some yogurt and make a good smoothie out of it.
Taking your favorite foods and blending them into a smoothie with some whey protein will really hit the spot! Congrats on the progress!
You can try adding fruit to a salad
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My favorite is fruit salad with low–fat yogurt as the dressing. It’s easy to make and can include as many kinds of fruits as I like.
I like to cup up a bunch of veggies (including ones that I normally wouldn’t eat) & throw them in a jar of diced tomatoes
creating my own delicious spaghetti sauce. Try it sometime! =)
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I like to drizzle a tiny amount of honey and cinnamon over my fruits!!!! My biggest weight loss triumph has been not gaining weight on prednisone (which is so hard for me)!! Thanks! kmassmanATgmailDOTcom
I love mangoes and other tropical fruit. Star fruit is good too, and it is fun to eat different things.
I love having steams cabbage, and tomatoes. Low in calories and fills you up. sweepmorey at gmail dot com
one of my favorite veggies is spaghetti squash, since its like spaghetti but way less carbs. plus its flavor goes with lots of styles
I suggest serving apples with raw almond butter