Healthy Eating Tip!!

Easy tip: Cook 5 cups of veggies at the beginning of the week and add them to everything.

 

Here is this week’s veggies mix:

 

1 red pepper

1 yellow pepper

1 zucchini

5 cloves of garlic

1 medium red onion

 

  1. Chop all to half-inch pieces

 

  1. Sauté in a wok with 3 tbsp grapeseed oil and a little salt for about 7-10min.

 

What to do with them:

 

* Eat as a side dish.

  • Add them to your tomatoes sauce when eating pasta
  • Add them instant soup.
  • Throw them on top of pasta
  • Add them to your grill cheese
  • Wrap them in your burrito skins and/or taco shells and dress with salsa. You can add hot sauce to them before enjoying them Mexican style.
  • Put them on top of rice cakes with hummus
  • Put them on top of a baked potatoes or squash

 

And last but not least for the college set:

 

Add them to your Ramen noodles (gasp!) or your Annie’s mac n cheese. When boiling the noodles for the instant mac n cheese just add you veggies in after the noodles are almost cooked boil for 30 sec drain and prepare you mac n cheese as directed.

 

You can do this with just about any veggie, but keep in mind carrots and root veggies may take a little longer to cook than 10 min in the wok.

 

You can also do this with roasted veggies. Just keep the seasoning neutral (don’t add anything but salt) so you can season them according to your dish of the day.

 

For instance: Having pierogies? Add a little dill to the veggies and put them on top of the pierogies.

 

Use nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and voila — instant complete meal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick Bars , Snack Review

 

 

New Product Review: Bricks Bars

 

While shopping in one of the fancier markets in a high-end neighborhood near the gym where I work, I ran across some “meat bars.”

 

It was one of those stores where you buy five things and are shocked at the bill, and these bars — made by Bricks Bars — were no exception at $3.99 for each 1.5 oz bar. That is about 40 bucks a pound, folks.

 

That day, there were two types of bars available at the store: one that contained grass-fed beef with uncured bacon, cranberry, and sunflower seed; and another one composed of Turkey with sweet potato, cranberry, and pumpkin seed. Curious and hungry, I got both.

 

I showed one to a friend, and she asked if I had just bought a Thanksgiving meal in a bar. I laughed, recalling the “Meal in a gum” concoction created by Willy Wonka, where the more you chewed the more different flavors you tasted.

 

I ate the beef one on the way home. It was coated with a kind of oil and was nice and solid. It tasted kind of like trail mix with jerky in it.

 

The flavor was… good! All of the ingredients were really complementing each other. By the time I finished the bar I was giving this product a thumbs up and an A plus. It WAS really good and the best part a nice lingering peppery taste in my mouth. I wish it was a little saltier, but the low salt is better for you.

 

More than anything, I could taste the love the makers of the bar must have put into the development of this product. Making something this unusual and healthy must have taken tons of time, and they did a fantastic job of it. It reminds me of Astronaut food (and, as matter of fact, they should market this great snack to NASA). The best part was with the bars 10 grams of protein, low sugar content, and one to two grams of fiber, which staved off my hunger through several personal training sessions.

 

Upon closer scrutiny of the label, I noted the bar was a local product made by a family right here in Brooklyn! So hooray for local business! That, in and of itself, makes me not mind the high price. My money goes into local pockets and not some CEO’s million-dollar bonus. That means I could, literally, run into the makers of Bricks Bars by chance, and tell them I love their products.

 

Overall, I give both Bricks Bars flavors high marks. If you’re looking for a filling snack that’s savory and sweet, they’re perfect. Buying a bar will satisfy your hunger and, if you’re in the New York City area, help a neighborhood business.