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Do you ever find yourself craving or obsessing over a food so much that you go to the grocery store 4 times a week just to stock up? No? Just me? Well, call it a craving or just an intense need but here are the 5 foods that I’m loving right now.
I’ve been on a serious citrus kick lately and I have no desire to stop. I’m LOVING me some grapefruit right now. I have one for breakfast every single morning – no sugar required with this fruit. Not sold yet? Here’s just a small list of reasons why you should stock up on this amazing fruit. Grapefruit is excellent as a weight loss tool. It is said that the smell of grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger. This is one of the reasons why people include grapefruit in their weight loss programs. High fiber contained in this fruit can satisfy hunger and thus, avoid any overeating temptation. Have a fever ? Eat grapefruit! The pulp or the juice of grapefruit provides assistance to the patient to recover more easily from the fever. It can also help reduce the burning sensation that occurs during a high temperature. Can’t sleep? Eat a grapefruit (and please skip the glass of milk!). A simple glass of grapefruit juice, if drunk before going to bed, can promote healthy and deep sleep thus, alleviate insomnia.
2. Red Quinoa
While not as popular as it’s white counterpart, red quinoa is just as nutritious and hearty. Red quinoa is a complete protein and contains high amounts of fiber, folate, iron and zinc. Red quinoa has slightly more nutritional benefits than white quinoa and in the cooler months I love using this hearty seed. Try using some red quinoa in our Roasted Tomato and Quinoa Soup or Quinoa Pizza Bake - your belly will thank you!
3. Delicata Squash
Ever since I made my Warm Delicata Kale Salad I’ve been loving the creamy rich taste of this squash. Lately I’ve been cutting them into strips and baking them in the oven – they are a delicious substitute for the boring french fry. I’ve also been known to stuff one with some red quinoa (are you surprised?!) and my favorite vegetables. Bake in the oven and you have an amazing dinner or lunch waiting for you. If you haven’t tried this fantastic squash yet make sure you pick up a few before the season is over – you won’t be sorry!
4. Caesar Salad
Ok, I know technically this is not a food but a meal but I can’t seem to eat enough of this dish lately. I’m ashamed to admit how much romaine lettuce I’ve been purchasing lately. There is just something about the creamy dressing, crisp lettuce and crunchy croutons that make my mouth water! Best salad ever!
I told you I was on a citrus kick! I just adore these little fruits. And they are little which means it’s totally ok that I eat like 5 or 6 a day, right? Did you know that each clementine has around 22 mg of calcium? I can’t think of a more delicious way to get my calcium each day! The goodness doesn’t stop there either. Just one clementine contains 131 mg of potassium which is an essential element for a healthy body. Studies also show that the sweet aroma of this fruit is very calming. The scent triggers a neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain. When serotonin is released, it gives you a ‘feel good’ feeling. That’s one powerful little fruit!
So, what foods are you loving lately?
I tend to go through weird food phases. I’ll become obsessed with a certain food or dish and will literally spend weeks eating nothing but that item. The past few weeks I’ve been obsessing over 5 different foods and I don’t see any signs of stopping. But when they are so yummy, healthy and delicious can you blame me?!
I’ve been going through a blueberry phase right now. Dried, frozen, fresh – all of the above! You can find me heading to the fridge a few times each day and grabbing handfuls of fresh blueberries – so yummy. One of my favorite blueberry recipes of all time is my No Bake Blueberry Granola Bars. They are perfect for an on the go snack and I love having a bar after a workout.
The last 2 weeks or so I’ve been buying up asparagus in bulk quantities. Asparagus has always been one of my favorite veggies and there are so many wonderful ways to eat these tender green stalks. Crispy Asparagus Spears, Roasted Asparagus and Springtime Potato Salad with Creamy Meyer Lemon Dressing have been my go to recipes this week.
3. Fresh Peas
When I just a little girl I would follow my grandpa out to his garden where I would help him pick peas right off the vine, tear the pods open and enjoy the delicious crispy fresh peas inside. A couple weeks ago my local grocery store had a whole stack of English Peas. They were giant and inside were some of the biggest peas I had ever seen. It took me back to my youth and as soon as I came home I started shucking those peas. While nothing beats eating the peas right out of the pod, here are some of my favorite pea recipes - Spring Green Pea Pesto and BLT & P Salad.
4. Sweet Potatoes
I adore sweet potatoes. I love slicing them up thin, drizzling with oil olive and watching them get all crispy in the oven. Roasted sweet potatoes are one of my favorite dinners. I simply dice it up, throw it on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven until they are golden brown and tender. And then there is one of my favorite veggie burgers of all time - Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers. These are a family favorite and so delicious. But my all time favorite sweet potato recipe would have to be Sweet Potato Beer Fries with Roasted Tomato Ketchup. The flavorful sweet potatoes and the homemade roasted tomato ketchup win first place every time.
5. Brown Rice
Last week I was going through a pasta phase, this week it’s rice. I’ve probably had Crispy Fried Rice at least 3 or 4 times this week for dinner and that hasn’t stopped my rice obsession. For lunch I’ve been making Lazy Fried Rice Salad and yesterday I whipped up a batch of Tuscan Bean and Rice Soup. It’s just so yummy that I can’t stop!
Now tell me – what foods are you loving right now???