I sometimes want to say I’m blessed that I don’t get bored with my nutrition…
The funny thing is, I actually get bored in about 2.5 seconds with everything…but never my food! I know “clean food” may not seem as exciting as having a sundae with sprinkles, but broiled or grilled chicken and roasted vegetables is incredibly fulfilling. Salt and spices can bring out the flavor and kick it up a notch (let me be clear, I DON’T do bland! Clean food does NOT = no flavor!)
Old Bay and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt are two of our favorites! I also use Gold’s Cocktail sauce because it’s a lot lower in sugar that some of those out there – it’s worth checking the labels.
My nutritional choices are generally clean, straightforward, and simple…but they aren’t boring.
I eat a ton of poultry, seafood and eggs, which accounts for a lot more than it looks like because of the varieties (chicken and turkey can be roasted, smoked, broiled, baked, grilled… And then you have shellfish, white fishes, fattier fishes…all of which can be healthily prepared a multitude of ways as well!)
I also love smaller pieces of chicken – I like to think of it as the browned-outside-to-moist-inside ratio. I love chicken breast but…I get really exited about the nubs! I know, I know…it’s appallingly geeky. It’s to the point that I’ll jump up and down like one of my cats (Keku, the ravenous one, who basically wolfs his meals like he’s not eaten in days!) I get an “okaaayyy…” from my hunnie, who deals with my silly shenanigans, albeit with a look of slight concern. 😉 Good thing I’m not a zombie – I’d be jumping up and down in the streets!
I also LOVE my vegetables – steamed and roasted are my go-to preparations, but I also love having chicken over baby spinach (it packs a more solid nutritional punch than many lettuces, plus there’s a bit of a peppery flavor to it.) I don’t use dressing but a spray olive oil or dash of balsamic is great when I need “something.”
We ran out for lunch on the weekend to a new Asian restaurant and since I tend to avoid sauces I’m not sure about, I got the steamed chicken and vegetables. Easy, straightforward, hard to mess up! The nice thing in a place like that is that you typically get a LARGE portion – and when we are talking steamed poultry and vegetables, you are looking at a meal that will fill you up for sure, and not derail your fitness efforts. Water, fiber, protein…CHECK! A little bit of soy sauce on top, and it was devoured!
As many of my posts can attest, I could go on and on (ad infinitum!) about healthy foods being enjoyable – I feel like for as many people who say it’s humdrum, there are as many of us who say the opposite! We aren’t trying to pretend away a reality, or insist a view because being healthy is trendy, or “the thing to do.” We honestly DO enjoy clean meals, and know that we can feel satisfied without the added junk that can derail us. Little changes can pave the way for huge results, and the process of discovering food can be truly fulfilling!