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from an email to my sister

Friday, January 25, 2008

ok this is so silly but i'm really excited about my lunch. it's a Smart Ones tuna noodle au gratin. and I bought a big thing of frozen mixed veggies (like what mom used to serve) and I'm going to nuke that and mix it in to get a serving of veggies. the frozen mixed veggies have made a huge difference in my diet. adding one serving makes it so much easier to not be hungry later. i know you're supposed to eat fresh veggies, but this is so much easier and cheaper. i also had to start buying frozen blueberries cause fresh ones are SO SO expensive. like, $4 for 2 servings, it just isn't worth it. but i still eat fresh apples, oranges, and carrots. yesterday i got a bag of cut up broccoli for snacks to replace my carrots cause i read that they are higher up on the "super food" chain. (i think i added the article to my favorite articles.) i also bought frozen spinach to add in to meals, it's so easy. like on tuesday morgan made ravioli for dinner and it would have been so easy to add in some frozen spinach. my new favorite veggies are brusell sprouts! who would have guessed. but they are actually really good, especially roasted. i think it's green giant that makes a bunch of frozen veggie sides, and they are healthy but still have different things in them, like the cheesy brussel sprouts are only 60 calories a serving, and they are SO GOOD. and it's really hard to eat them all cause they are super filling. one of the things SP suggests is to try a new veggie every week, I think I'll start doing that. I don't eat asparagus nearly enough.

ok this is so long, I'm going to post it to my blog. sorry for all the veggie craziness, eating so much fruits and veggies has just made me feel so good and healthy and full! I've been having like 41 grams of fiber a freakin day!
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  • BRIGHTPATH
    I've done some reading on frozen vegetables and I think you don't need to feel guilty at all for not using fresh as often! They say that frozen vegetables are "flash frozen" shortly after being picked, so they retain most of their vitamins. Fresh vegetables at the supermarket begin to lose their vitamins, depending on how long ago they were picked. Unless you're getting incredibly fresh produce, I think that most frozen veggies are comparable to fresh, nutritionally speaking.

    And by the way, that's a great idea. I need to start adding some more frozen vegetables to my foods. Just the other day my husband suggested I add frozen peas to the tuna salad. I thought he was crazy, but it was actually really good!
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