About a year ago, my friend Brenna started a whole foods blog called Think Whole. She's amazing! Her site is fresh and easy to navigate, and more than that you will LEARN a ton from her! She has been vegetarian for several years, and always comes up with simple and delicious recipes that have all the best ingredients for you in them. I love that she takes myths about not getting enough protein or nutrients, or not being strong if you don't eat meat, and challenges them to prove that she gets more than enough nutrients and fuel to thrive off vegetables.
On her blog she has a grocery list that has saved me (more than once) from wandering the aisles of the grocery store waiting for something to pop out at me. She encourages you to buy similar things each time you shop, to ensure consistency with what you eat, and to know every time that you actually will eat what you've bought. Sometimes it can be hard to get creative with the same ingredients, but I love that it's her passion to bring fresh creativity to healthy, wholesome, meals.
Although Matt and I are not vegetarians, we still like to try and eat clean, whole foods, and a lot of that is veggies! So when Brenna, and her husband Dan, came over to dinner a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to STEP IT UP for them (although I didn't end up cooking enough and we went next door for more food later that night.. haha I tried!).
I think sometimes simple is most tasty, so I stuck with what I know. Nothing better than a little chopped up sweet potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower, thrown in a glass pan and tossed with coconut oil, garlic, lots of sea salt, and pepper. Roast until tender. I found that recipe on the Food Network when I was literally 13 years old and I still make it to this day. EASY. But like, so good! Moving clockwise a simple romaine salad with Fuji apples, avocado, and red belle peppers. Last but surely not least, ZOODLES (zucchini noodles DUH) with pesto, green bell peppers, and onions. If you have never seen a veggie-noodler.. go buy one today! I'm pretty sure mine is the same one from the As Seen On TV commercials, and it's absolutely perfect. You can noodle up zucchini, squash, carrots, and other semi-soft veggies and use them as a substitute for pasta!
Seriously how perfect are they?!
Brenna swears that eating clean, drinking smoothies over coffee, workouts over laying on the couch, and pushing yourself towards healthy goals (mentally as well), is the BEST way to live - and I believe her! If you are curious about the vegetarian lifestyle, or just want to learn more about what it means to eat whole foods and retrain your brain back to craving things that FUEL you and are GOOD for you, I encourage you to go check out thinkwholetoday.com!
PS the recipe for her Ginger + Mango smoothie.. is UNREAL! So fresh, light, thick, and TASTY! Try it out!