The average American eats, get this, 158 pounds of sugar every year. That’s a lot of sugar! And some of you on the Sugar Free Challenge may be finding just how much you were consuming as you try to take it out of your diet. It’s sobering.
But when we take the sweets out of our diet, it can leave a big gap that we need to fill, and what better to fill it up with then vegetables?
Your kids are going to love that, right? “No, Sweetie, no cake tonight. But look! We have beets!” That may not get the most enthusiastic response.
But, we’ve found that if vegetables are made properly they can be quite tasty and even our three year old will eat it. The most common mistake in serving vegetables is not making them in a tasty way (and you wonder why no one will eat them?). Granted, some will just not eat vegetables no matter what you do, but it makes it a much easier sell if it actually tastes good to start with!
Some of our favorite ways include: Pan Fried Carrots,, Simple Zucchini and Onions , Garlicky Green Beans, Savory Carrot Salad, Sauteed Spinach with Lemon , Butternut Squash Fries, , Japanese Style Avocado , , Cucumber Red Onion Salad
A general rule to follow is to serve your veggies with some type of fat (either cooked with it, or drizzled over it). And, or course, sea salt and pepper. For a delicious recipes search check out Epicurious too. I would encourage you to not just avoid sugar this week, but also to develop some new vegetable recipes!
Today, I will share one more simple recipe that we like. Super simple and easy to get on the table. It’s tangy and rich. Delicious!
Buttery Lemon Broccoli
- 1 pound of broccoli (washed, and cut into florets)
2-4 tablespoons of butter or ghee
Juice from half a lemon
1-Steam the broccoli for 5-6 minutes over boiling water, until tender.
2-Place the broccoli in a serving bowl and add the butter or ghee, allowing it to melt over the broccoli. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the broccoli and then sprinkle sea salt over it. Gently toss and serve.
Questions for Discussions:
1-How do you like your vegetables? Any favorite recipes to share?
2-How is the second day of the Sugar Free Challenge Going?