Friday, June 14, 2013

Fresh Veggies

OK, so maybe I'm a bit nerdy but I truly get excited on produce pick up days.  I belong to a Florida Fields to Forks co-op and every Thursday I pick up my produce share. This week's share included fresh organic kale, red-leaf lettuce, red chard, rainbow carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, avocados, cauliflower, and mangos.  

It takes a few days to get through all of the produce so I try to make sure it is properly stored so it remains fresh.  I discovered a great trick to keep lettuce fresh for over a week (seriously!)  Just wash it, spin it dry and store it, wrapped in paper towels, in an airtight container.  A week later, you'll still have fresh lettuce - no that slimy, funky smelling stuff that it usually turns into after a week.

I travel next week, so I will cook most of these veggies over the weekend so my family can enjoy fresh side dishes in my absence.  More on that later...

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Plane Food (yep, that's what I meant to say!)

Weekly travel can wreak havoc on healthy eating habits.  I've found few favorite spots in the airport for dinner however I cannot seem to find a breakfast that's not heavy on gluten and/or grease.  Occasionally, I'll grab a veggie omelet but it always seems like I taste whatever was cooked on the griddle beforehand.  Lately, I've been packing my Lunchbots with filling and healthy snacks so I won't totally fall off the wagon while traveling.  Check it out:
Veggies and a 100-calorie packet of guacamole

Fresh organic fruit

Gluten-free morning glory muffins w/a side of papaya and blueberries 
Boiled eggs and chicken apple sausage