Well, it was good!
And that was surprising, because I knew that quite a few of our loyal attendees and contributors were out-of-town or otherwise occupied Tuesday night.
I was thrilled to have 6 of us there, armed with ideas and questions and comments and anecdotes and it’s a miracle we made it out the door before Trader Joe’s closed for the night!
Here are a few of the things we discussed:
Cut veggies up right when you bring them home from the store. You can keep them in a ziploc bag and eat them soon, or tuck a damp paper towel in there to keep them fresh for longer. You can also cover carrots and celery in water and store in a tupperware. Anything that keeps them crisp, fresh, and handy. Try moving past just baby carrots to add snap peas, cauliflower, and broccoli.
-You can buy already cut-up frozen bell peppers an onions to make easy fajitas or to spice up any meal.
-Frozen Edamame (soy beans in the pod) can be purchased fully cooked and lightly salted. All you need to do is thaw and enjoy! Kids love to squirt the soybeans out of their pod and the flavor is fairly mild.
-Frozen peas are a great snack for hot summer days, and someone I know even brings some in a ziploc to church for a snack. 🙂
-Frozen raspberries are a great addition to a hot bowl of oatmeal
-Other snack ideas: soy nuts, dried mango and pineapple
-Clean out your fridge by getting creative with what you add to salads. Chickpeas, sprouts, edamame, fresh fruit… anything goes!
-Try slicing fresh tomato onto your toast in the morning
-Keep healthy snacks available so husbands and kids know where to find them and can grab a snack themselves. Ok, so husbands should be able to do that no matter what… but taking the guesswork out of it can’t hurt, right? 🙂
Ok that’s all I have on my notes from the meeting, though I know we discussed a lot more!
Here’s a bonus that just occurred to me as I wrote this post:
You can make your existing recipes and meals healthier without a recipe as well!
-Use whole wheat or whole corn tortillas instead of white flour tortillas for your burritos. -Use whole wheat pastas when you make spaghetti.
-Use whole grain bread for french toast.
-Top your pancakes, breakfast cereal, etc. with fresh fruit instead of sugar.
-Cut down on the butter/sour cream/cheese in your casseroles and toss in a can of diced tomatoes to add more color and flavor.
The field trip to Trader Joe’s was fun as well. I wasn’t as adventurous as I had planned to be, but I did enjoy seeing what everyone else was buying. It gave me lots of ideas for my next trip to TJ’s!
I believe our next two activities will be a meeting/tasting table on soy products and a field trip to a farmer’s market. We’ll talk about the hype about soy as well as the facts and taste Edamame, soy milk, and more! The farmer’s market will be particularly exciting to me because I’ve only been to one local market since moving to Columbus. I’m excited to see what else is available!
Thanks for a great meeting. Here’s to healthier eating and cool stores like Trader Joe’s! 🙂