Top 7 for ’16

Rather than post a bunch of arbitrary “new years resolutions”, how about I give you something that’s useful for YOU, too?

Here’s my top 7 foods to love in 2016 (because 16 was just too many):

  1. Avocado – because avoca-duh.
  2. Cauliflower – Have you explored the endless ways to eat this most amazing veggie? Roasted, buffalo, grilled, steamed, Indian Spiced, as pizza crust, as a rice substitute, or in a breakfast scramble.. are  just a few of my favorites. It’s really hard to understand why I spent my first 25 years of life afraid of this gift from God.
  3. Green Peas – Another veggie  I spent the majority of my life avoiding for no apparent reason, because  as I discovered this past year, they are so so delicious. They’re sweet. They actually taste great steamed (the healthiest way to cook vegetables to retain all nutrients) with nothing else added to them. Oh, and peas are an excellent source of vegetarian protein!
  4. Steel-Cut Oatmeal – Carbs get a bad wrap, but as a vegetarian, they’re great. Steel-cut oats are naturally gluten-free, pack a fiber punch and fill you up until lunch time. I like to top mine with lots of berries to get some fruit in – plus it’s a great tasting combination.
  5. Spaghetti Squash – I love “pasta,” but I love its substitutes more. You’ve heard the zoodles obsession, but have you tried it’s predecessor, designed as “noodles” in nature itself? Super simple to make and no special tools are required. With a way lower calorie count and higher fiber than wheat-based pasta, Spaghetti Squash is your go to from fall through winter.
  6. Zucchini – If you haven’t tried zoodles yet, you need to join the rest of the 21st century, because you are missing out on the most amazing thing to happen to vegetables… possibly ever.
  7. Ezekiel 4:9 Bread – Are you still eating gluten? Unless you have a true intolerance, allergy, or Celiac disease, you can still eat bread! Lucky us. You’ve probably already been eating whole wheat, but have you heard of the wonders of eating sprouted bread? Not only is it denser (which makes it the perfect avocado toast), it fills you up, and the live grains make this bread more nutritionally well-rounded. It packs 4g of protein, a good serving of fiber and only 80 calories per slice.
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