Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"30 Foods For a Better Body".

A few weeks ago, my dietitian held a great class "30 Foods For a Better Body". One of my friends joined me and we had a blast. The class was only $10 and then they gave you a $10 gift card for the grocery store that hosted it. I was fully expecting we would receive a few handouts and maybe a sample or two of few items. Instead we received a packet full of coupons and healthy eating tips and suggestions along with the "30 Foods For a Better Body" handout and we sampled 12 items and recipes. And, she showcased about 10 or 12 other possible products for us to checkout.

Here's The List of Foods:
1. Spinach
2. Chia Seeds
3. Broccoli
4. Kiwi
5. Berries
6. Dark Chocolate
7. Skim Milk
8. Sweet Potatoes
9. Green Tea
10. Tomatoes
11. Eggs
12. Fat Free Greek Yogurt
13. Nuts
14. Beans
15. Peppers
16. Cinnamon
17. Squash
18. Avocados
19. Pomegranate Juice
20. Acai Berries
21. Salmon
22. Cranberries
23. Apples
24. Oatmeal
25. Barley
26. Ginger
27. Edamame
28. Quinoa
29. Buckwheat
30. Kale

We sampled chia seeds, brocoli slaw (a slaw made with brocolli stalks, cranberries, almonds, and mustard - it was good AND I DON'T LIKE BROCOLLI), strawberries to go along with amazing dip made from avocado, dark chocolate, and maple syrup (this was SOOOO good - I don't like avocado - but you'd never know it was an ingredient), sweet potatoe chips, baked chile sweet potatoe (sooo yummy - this was a simple 3 ingredient recipe), dark chocolate roasted almonds, cinnamon baked tortilla chips w/ an chunky apple salsa (delicious!), pomegranate juice (that was the only thing I didn't care for), pomengranate juice infused cranberries (sooo good!), dried edamame, and baked kale chips. After class was over, I didn't need dinner!

I already eat Spinach, Berries, Eggs, Fat Free Greek Yogurt, Beans, Squash, Cranberries,
and Apples - almost daily or several times a week. But, one thing I love that she did in class was that she found recipes that combined as many of these foods together as possible. I also loved that she showed us how to simplify making the recipes by using readily made items. So, I'm gonna try to do the same over the next few weeks in particular - but in the future overall. I eat nuts, sweet potatoes,  peppers (usually mixed in w/ another vegetable), quinoa, and edamame dip several times a month. So, I like to increase eating more of those and eating more cinnamon (which I like anyway), oatmeal (I like oatmeal but I've gotten out of the habit of eating it regularly), chia seeds, and kale.

I loved this class! I needed some ideas to add some more variety to my 'diet' and I definitely found them. She's hoping to have a few more classes this year and I hope to make all of them....


'Drea said...

I feel good about that list because I'm eating the majority of items on there. I do need to try quinoa again. I wasn't crazy about it the first time that I tried it but I didn't dislike it either...

MS. Bad Mama Jama said...

I really enjoy eating quinoa but I don't know if would have tried it or even eat it regularly if my works cafe didn't prepare it. They make a great apple cranberry almond quinoa salad!

Papi's Girl said...

I love quinoa. I have replaced brown rice with it. Quinoa is actually a complete protein because it contains all 9 essential amino acids. That is a great animal protein substitute for me. It taste best if you cook it in veggie or chicken broth. I also recently tried it like oatmeal with almond milk, cinnamon and banana. I loved it. :)

I am happy to say I eat about 95% of those items on a weekly basis. :)

Great post.

MS. Bad Mama Jama said...

I love that quinoa is a great source of protein! I want to try cooking it at home more...I love that oatmeal replacement idea!

Annie, The Amazing Shrinking Girl said...

this sounds awesome!! gotta find something like this down where I am

MS. Bad Mama Jama said...

Check to see your local grocery store has a dietitian. I decided to do that instead of working with one in a private practice....It was about the same price to work with someone who my insurance approved.