Easy Ways To Get More Fruits and Veggies in Your Diet

I have a new toy. I don’t often buy things for myself, and when I do, I get immediate buyer’s remorse and contemplate taking them back to the store for weeks, wondering if I made the right decision. You should have seen me when I bought my IPad. I dragged my whole family around one night, going feverishly from store to store, comparing various tablets and trying to talk myself into settling for something cheaper.

At $499, the IPad left a gnawing pain in the pit of my stomach. Of course, after hours of agonizing, I ended up going back to the original store and buying that shiny Apple that first caught my eye. But was I content and excited with my purchase? No. I kept the receipt and all the original packaging “just in case” until the last possible minute I could have returned it. Only after that deadline passed did I begin to relax and fall in love with my tablet.

But, I digress. Somehow this post has taken a nasty turn from talking about my new toy to exploring the dark places in my brain where decisions are made (or more accurately, delayed). And no one really wants to go there. It’s kind of like those scare-tactic films you once saw in health class about drugs. You know the ones..the kid tries LSD one time and never comes back from his trip. Well, I’m going to let you escape, this time.

My new toy is mostly plastic, but it has a powerful motor and razor-sharp blades that tear through skin like nobody’s business. You’re scared now, aren’t you? No, I haven’t totally lost my mind from lack of hormones and started killing random people in fast food joints…yet. I bought myself a Ninja:

Photo Jan 15, 3 53 43 PM

This baby was $49.99 at Target and I got A $5 Target gift card. (No. I didn’t use my credit card) It includes a 48 oz blender pitcher and a 16 oz food processor bowl. Each unit has separate blades. The motor is shown on top of the blender in the picture. It can be moved from unit to unit as needed. And clean up is a breeze. The blades come out completely so you can wash the bowl and pitcher from top to bottom.

So far, I have used the Ninja every day since I bought it. I’m trying to eat more veggies and fruit to keep breast cancer at bay, but it’s been very hard to work, take care of kids, and prepare a healthy meal every night. My hat is off to those who work full time and still find time to juice daily and prepare vegan meals from scratch, like my blog pal at lightscanceraction.wordpress.com.

Well, this kitchen tool has made a huge difference in prep time. Dicing vegetables takes literally less than 30 seconds thanks to the “pulsing” action.ย I’ve made homemade butternut squash soup and fresh salsa. And tonight features vegan split pea soup with carrots, onions, garlic and spices. I’ve even added a daily green smoothie to my diet. This morning, I used the following:

1 Cup Almond/Coconut Milk

1/2 Cup frozen mango

1/2 Cup frozen pineapple

Handful Organic Baby Spinach Leaves

Pinch of Shredded Coconut

Add Water to Get Desired Consistency (about 1/2 cup)

It looked something like this picture from Somer’s awesome “Vedged Out” blog:

green smoothie

 

Head over to her page for some more great smoothie recipes. I promise, you can’t taste the spinach. It just tastes fresh and delicious.

I think I may learn to love this new Ninja even more than my IPad. Ok, maybe not, but it has given me a whole new appreciation for cooking from scratch. I saved the box and the receipt…..just in case.

 

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8 thoughts on “Easy Ways To Get More Fruits and Veggies in Your Diet

  1. First, thank you so much for the shout out! Appreciate that greatly!
    Second, I just may have to look into buying one of these babies! I did get a Cuisinart hand blender “smart stick” for Christmas, and it has a chopper / grinder attachment. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s sitting on the counter begging me to use it. You have motivated me to get the instruction book out and read it tonight!
    Lastly, that smoothie sounds delicious!

  2. Tip:

    Buy a slow cooker and invest in an Indian cookbook. (I’ve seen several that are specifically for slow cookers.) Spices are much more affordable if you visit an international/ethnic grocery store.

    To make this stuff, all you have to do is grind up a few vegetables, add water, spices, and dried chickpeas or lentils (etc.). It’s incredibly quick and healthy.

  3. I am so glad I found you over at Tammy Carmona’s blog and followed you back here! I have started healthier eating a few times since my diagnosis, but as of his past week, I am in earnest about getting healthy by what I put into my body. I’ve been using my old Oster blender to do smoothies and it is cumbersome to clean. Now, I have the Ninja on my list of guilty pleasures to buy , thanks to you! ๐Ÿ˜€

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