It’s been a busy summer so far with kids out of school and getting distracted by all the fun summer activities to be had here in NYC. I’ve also been diving into a holistic nutrition course to educate myself on a topic that I’ve been passionate about. The course has given me the focus I need and so far it’s been enlightening and inspiring. I hope to incorporate more of what I learn here!
Eating more greens and vegetables is a no brainer for optimal health – and is a common denominator in most dietary theories. As I’m trying to be more intentional about incorporating vegetables at the family dinner table I find that I need a better strategy than habitually keeping greens an afterthought, scrambling together a crudite platter for dinner. Nothing wrong with some raw veggies and dip, but I know I can do better.
With two little kids, there is a very small and unforgiving window of feeding time, as many parents know. So my goal is to have the veggies ready along with everything else served up for dinner – instead of finishing up the salad or roasted veggies halfway through the rest of their dinner.
One day I started dinner prep with vegetables in mind and found everything else fell into place.
Light bulb moment.
Start with the veggies.
I found that this simple mental shift was helpful in ensuring I prioritized greens to have ready right at dinner time.
So, I put veggies first.
I get the produce out of the fridge so that it’s visible. Get the peeling, washing, chopping, drying, etc. out of the way.
I admit this is not revolutionary or maybe not a real cooking tip, but for me the just taking the time be intentional about something revealed an easy solution that starts with a shift in perspective.
Ideally I’d like to get to the point where I’m a meal planning machine – churning out meals planned well in advance, always having frozen back up meals stocked, not having to rely on pizza delivery (is it just me?) but this baby step – considering vegetables first before I start cooking – will one day take me closer to achieving meal prep glory.
Please share any of your tips for getting more vegetables on your dinner table. I’d love to hear them!