Whitney’s Kitchen Blog

Stepping Out

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Posted on April 21st, 2017 by Piccarreto
Fresh vegetables on a wooden table. Carrot, parsley root, zucchini, beet ,onion, leek and tomatoes.

Do you ever feel yourself getting bored with your food? Like you are eating the same thing over and over? If you do… It is time to step out of your comfort zone!

Over the weekend I asked our current Wellness Challengers to try a new vegetable. I gave them 3 options. Yucca, jicama or turnips. I have to say, they knocked the challenge out of the park with their creations!! From salads to main dishes they all made something new and unique. They even seemed happy and enjoyed what they made.

When we tell ourselves we need to eat more vegetables and fruit we often veer toward what we know. Bagged romaine, tomatoes, potatoes, apples and grapes. If we never step further into the colorful world of produce though, we are missing out on countless tastes (and cellular benefits) that await us!

The thing I love most about plant-based eating is the idea that I ALWAYS get to have something different. I eat with the seasons! For instance, I recently finished overdosing myself on strawberries and I am now working my way into melon season.

And those vegetables. I can’t get over (at almost 40-years-old) how many vegetables there are that I had never tried. Best of all… How many I have FINALLY tried and honestly enjoyed! There are a lot of them out there that get a bad wrap…I’m looking at you delicious brussel sprouts!

Truth be told, my Grandma was not a great cook. Seasonings and flavors were not an issue for her. Once I realized that not all vegetables are meant to taste like Grandma’s ‘prepped the day before and microwaved the day of Thanksgiving potatoes’ I was ready to adventure. I’m SO glad I did!

The other wonderful thing about produce is this. Most can be used/eaten blanched, boiled, roasted, mashed, grilled, and even raw, frozen or whipped in a smoothie. There is no limit when it comes to HOW to eat your produce!

Get inventive and step out of your comfort zone. Hopefully you too will love what you create! Your taste-buds and your body will thank you for it!