A Healthier Me in 2016: A Dietitian’s Goal
January 18, 2016 | Jody Gatewood
Are you curious what New Year’s goal a dietitian might set? Well, it may surprise you but my goal is to increase my vegetable intake by eating more vegetables for snacks. I eat vegetables daily, but mostly at lunch and supper. However, I don’t always get in the 2 ½ cups I need each day. The snacks I bring to work most often are fruit or whole grain crackers. These are perfectly healthy snacks that I will continue to eat but I will also swap out one a few times each week for vegetables. My SMART goal for 2016 is, ‘I will eat 1 cup of vegetables as a snack 3 times per week’. If you would like a reminder of what a SMART goal is, visit last week’s blog.
Here is a list of some of the vegetables I plan to eat as snacks:
- Baby carrots with hummus dip (try our After School Hummus)
- Celery with peanut butter
- Broccoli and cauliflower with a bit of Ranch dressing
- Cherry tomatoes
- Leftover roasted vegetables (Easy Roasted Veggies)
Some people might be surprised that I plan to eat Ranch dressing with my vegetables. However, I’m much more likely to eat them if I have a dip to go with them. And a couple of tablespoons of dip is not going to add so much fat or sodium that it outweighs the benefit of eating the vegetables.
To help me reach my goal, I plan to use our Veggie Tasting Party recipe and prep my vegetables at the start of each week so they are ready to go when I need them.
Now to eat my baby carrots and hummus dip……