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SaraJo
05-09-2012, 06:58 PM
How on earth do you get all the veggies in? I'm finding it harder and harder... Matter a fact I just plain can't do it. Down to only being able to eat zucchini, asparagus, cucumbers, peppers, and mushrooms. No way I can eat 4 cups of those a day! Salads with just vinegar and oil are even getting hard to stomach. I am sooooo hungry at night time! Need suggestions! I'm not losing weight and that makes this hard to keep doing. My coach is no help at all. The whole reason I decided to pay all this money was to have someone there to help!


takers
05-09-2012, 07:05 PM
I tend to eat a lot of my veggies raw as I find I can more easily get them down on days when I just don't want to eat them. Others suggest to cut up cooked veggies and add them to your soups. Maybe try one new veggie a week and experiment with different ways to cook it to see if something works for you.

atho128
05-09-2012, 07:23 PM
A lot of people blend them in with the chocolate drink and add a little splenda and some WF chocolate syrup to mask the taste. I haven't tried it yet, but people say its delicious.


LizRR
05-09-2012, 10:48 PM
I add raw spinach and blend in with my morning chocolate drink, decaf, and ice and I can't even taste the spinach. I also sautéed up a frozen bag of rhubarb and split it between 2 servings of raspberry jelly. I have gotten to roasting and pureeing 3 poblanos, 1 red bell pepper, 1 jalapeño, and 3 cloves garlic and adding it to my chicken soup. Have you tried kale chips, turnip fries, or mashed cauliflower? And the salads are not mandatory, just the 4 cups veggies - but they do help stave off the hunger. Have you tried a 2 egg white recipe? Crispy cereal pancakes, mug cake, pudding muffins. Some coaches allow 2 egg whites/day as 'free'.

After week 3 I got tired of the same old same old and have found some great veggie recipes I can see eating well into maintenance. I can repost any recipes you find intriguing.

Longhorn Energy
05-10-2012, 03:10 AM
A cup of spinach and a cup of mushrooms in the omelet every morning allows me flexibility to not worry about them at lunch or the option to split the remaining two cups between lunch and supper. The cauliflower fried rice is great for supper. I add snow peas, celery, and mushrooms. If you are looking for snacks an easy one is to cube cucumbers, add salt and pepper and eat with a fork or toothpick. Satisfies the snack munchies for me.

Momto2cs
05-10-2012, 08:31 AM
I put cooked veggies in my soup every day. A cup of cauliflower or mushrooms cooks down pretty far!

CassiR
05-10-2012, 08:44 AM
Have you tried roasting your veggies?
I started with cauliflower and loved it.. then i tried broccoli and have it every day for lunch. For dinner normally I thinly slice up a couple small zucchinis (I'm lazy and have my food processor do the work for me) and put them on a sprayed baking sheet in one layer. Spray them a tiny bit and salt them and put them in the oven at 425 for about 15 mins. You don't even need to flip them. The longer you leave them in the crispier they get. They get this sweetness and saltiness and are just plain YUM. I find that I want more after I'm done! I slice up a lot of zucchinis on the weekend and then store the slices in the fridge. When I get home all I have to do is turn the oven on, put them on the baking sheet with some EVOO spray and salt and pop them in. I watch them though so they dont burn.

I hope this helps :hug:

SaraJo
05-10-2012, 09:29 AM
I'm going to try the zucchini! Thanks. I cant tolerate cauliflower, broccoli, or cabbage family vegetables. My yummy just bloats up when I eat them.

CassiR
05-10-2012, 09:39 AM
Yes, and it's always better for me to eat them cooked as well or I get bloating and gas >.<

MaMaZu
05-10-2012, 09:41 AM
Many days I will cut up 4 cups of veggies, put them in chicken broth to cover, add herbs, garlic, etc., simmer until soft and add 8 oz. of protein and I have my veggies and protein for the day, just add a tsp. of oil to each serving.

Ei8ht
05-10-2012, 09:45 AM
I second the oven roasting!
Also, one of my favourite medley of tastes is simply garlic, lemon, olive oil, sea salt and pepper -- basted on top of zucchinis is so yum!

Dakin
05-10-2012, 10:06 AM
MMaZu, I didn't know we could have chicken broth! I've been thinking I was cheating by adding 1 TBSP to my chicken stir fry! Thank you!!

Also, Thanks for the zucchini recipe..... I'm soooo making this tonight!

Cole3
05-10-2012, 10:26 AM
I made the cauliflower fried rice (the recipe is on this site somewhere) last night for the first time and it was SO good!! I am having some veggie fatigue too ... but honestly it didn't taste like veggies really at all and it uses a lot of veggies so that takes care of most of your veggies for the day.

sprite613
05-10-2012, 03:09 PM
CassiR and Ei8ht,

Thanks for the zuccini recipes! I'm going to roast some tonight. They tend to get too mushy when I steam them and I generally don't eat them raw.

Thanks for the sharing!

CkM
05-10-2012, 03:21 PM
Being in single parent mode for a few months now I have found that on Sundays after I grocery/farmer market shop I cut up all of my veggies and put them in baggies per 2 cup serving amount. I usually add to soups, eat raw or steam them.

Use walden farms products for your salad dressings instead of evoo and vinegar.

I made kabobs the other night with all my protien and veggies and it hit the spot! Summer is almost here and I use the grill daily during this time of year.

Kaypix
05-10-2012, 03:27 PM
I love green and red peppers, red are restricted to twice a week for me, but I'll buy a bag of the frozen peppers (like $2 at the grocery store) which is about 3 cups, stir fry it with some oil and omg spicy oils that I hve and some red pepper and make it into a snack that I can just kind of munch on mindlessly when I'm at home.
Also, unless I'm mistaken, pickles count towards your daily intake too, so if you have a pickle spear or two at lunch, that's nearly a cup. Turnips are allowed and you can slice them and turn them into 'potato' chips, fries, hashbrowns and all sorts of yumminess (kinda pricey but oh so good) Also green beans is a go-to for me once a week if I need something quick, or tomatos chopped up. Remember, if your coach says you can have the restricted veggies a few times a week, use them to break up the monotony of the diet.

takers
05-10-2012, 04:59 PM
I love green and red peppers, red are restricted to twice a week for me, but I'll buy a bag of the frozen peppers (like $2 at the grocery store) which is about 3 cups, stir fry it with some oil and omg spicy oils that I hve and some red pepper and make it into a snack that I can just kind of munch on mindlessly when I'm at home.
Also, unless I'm mistaken, pickles count towards your daily intake too, so if you have a pickle spear or two at lunch, that's nearly a cup. Turnips are allowed and you can slice them and turn them into 'potato' chips, fries, hashbrowns and all sorts of yumminess (kinda pricey but oh so good) Also green beans is a go-to for me once a week if I need something quick, or tomatos chopped up. Remember, if your coach says you can have the restricted veggies a few times a week, use them to break up the monotony of the diet.

I love red peppers and find myself eating a number of them through the week. Is your restriction something pretty specific to you or is it a more general idea that I should be paying attention to?

I think I'm getting the wrong kind of pickles if two will make a cup for you! I find that I have to eat around 6 to make a cup. Maybe I'm measuring wrong? I buy the dill whole pickles. I do have a hard time measuring some foods, though. Like with the peppers. I normally end up saying that 1 pepper = 1 cup because I'm not sure how to best chop them to determine serving size. I'm probably being to legalistic, though! :D

Beachbum6
05-10-2012, 05:15 PM
I have been eating the omelet for lunch and adding green onions, mushrooms and zucchini (and a little evoo and sea salt)...I've really been enjoying it. I've also put broccoli, spinach, pretty much any veggie in, depending on what I have/what I'm in the mood for that day. I cook the veggies in the pan first and then just pour in the omelet. Have a good one! :)