#HH30Days Week 3 Recap: Some New Favorites!

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How is everyone doing with the Real Food Challenge??  I hope you are enjoying it and feeling great!  I wanted to share some of my new favorites that have been helping me get through the challenge without feeling like it’s a challenge at all!  It’s really more of a reminder to make good choices and most importantly, to plan ahead.  When I plan ahead, great things happen for my food choices.  When I don’t, well…that’s another story, and it ends sort of sadly.

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Which is why I’m glad to share these ideas with you!  One of my favorite breakfasts, and one that has become my go-to this past week is an almond butter green smoothie.  I use almond milk, almond butter, a ton of spinach, a banana, and a little bit of yogurt for protein.  It’s great because it doesn’t need any added sweetener, plus it keeps me full until lunch.  Ok, let’s be honest, nothing keeps me full until lunch.  But it really does tide me over until snack time, which is still no small feat! 🙂

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Another thing that has helped me a ton is planning ahead and preparing my lunches.  I’m always on the run, so it’s helpful to have something I can just grab from my lunch bag and eat without having to find a microwave.  For that, I bring you…my favorite veggie rice bowls!  I have a mild obsession with peanut butter, so using veggies as a delivery vehicle is a great way to feel good about it.

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I started with some brown rice, then added in a ton of veggies, including cucumbers, bell peppers, radishes, and some leftover grilled asparagus.  I put a big dollop of peanut sauce on top of the rice, then added some cubes of tofu for protein, then added the veggies on top.  It was delicious!  I was actually surprised at how easy they turned out to be, plus how tasty they were!

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These were so easy to grab and go, plus they made me look forward to lunch everyday!

Comment below to let us know how you are doing with the Real Food Challenge!  We would love to see your photos of your meals!  Tag us on instagram!

 

All About…Radishes!

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Poor radishes are often an afterthought in cooking!  Let’s change that!

Radishes are, to be technical, the bomb.  They add a subtle peppery taste to whatever they are in, plus, they contain a good chunk of vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber.  They are about one calorie per radish too, and let’s be honest, they’re pretty!

Radishes have been around for quite some time, first seen in New England in the early 1600s, and they are part of the cabbage family, so they are in related to cauliflower, kale, broccoli, and cabbage.  There are a ton of different ways to use them and add them to dishes…let’s look at a few!

One of my favorite breakfasts has to be avocado toast.  I had it at a restaurant once, and they put lemon zest and lemon juice on top.  It was so good!  I added some radishes to up the nutrition profile of my breakfast, and it was quite good, if I do say so myself!

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You can always smash your avocado, or even add some hummus for a bit more protein, but I highly recommend adding the radishes.  They give a nice crunch to the toast, and the little bit of peppery taste is a great contrast to the avocado.

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I used a mandoline to get the thin slices.  Again, always use the hand protector thingamabob.  It’s super useful for keeping all of your fingers right where you want them.

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Not pictured here are the lovely radish greens that are also entirely edible and share the bulb’s peppery taste.  Toss them in a salad or sauté them separately.IMG_2069

Don’t stop there though!  You can roast your radishes with some fresh thyme or rosemary.  Or, you can add them to a salad, or shred them and add them to a cole slaw.  The possibilities are endless!  Comment below and share how you use radishes!