O.K. Heidi, you've tossed out a challenge!
It's not quite as good for you, but how about canned fruit? Mandarin orange slices (too slimey?), pineapple? Most supermarkets actually sell fresh sliced pineapple these days - it is much crisper than canned. Either way - it's a fruit, and it also fixes a sweet tooth!
Do you like apples? They're crunchy.
Coconut? Edy's makes frozen lemon and coconut bars, since you don't like strawberries. You can add an Edy's frozen lemon bar as a fruit! It's a snack, but it's good for you, and I think they're 80 or 90 calories.
Oranges, grapefruit, kiwi (yummy!). Gary hates most veges and is bad about eating fruit - unless it's just a little not quite ripe, he won't eat it. But he really likes cucumbers and peppers. I'll just slice a red pepper, and he'll just munch and crunch on the strips. We sprinkle a little bit of garlic salt on cucumbers and eat'em just like that. I love celery - that's watery AND crunchy. (And it takes more calories to digest celery than celery has!) If you don't want the work, it is more expensive, but carrots and celery come pre-cut at the supermarket these days. Do you like carrots? They're crunchy! And now in the supermarkets they have those already-to-eat peeled baby carrots. YUMMY - no? So crunchy! And carrots have lots of fiber - also good for you!!
How about Raisin Bran for breakfast? It's got wheat, fiber and fruit! It's one of my favorite ways to start a day - and we do split a graprefruit EVERY morning. I also have my breakfast with orange juice, so I get three servings of fruit just with breakfast alone (grapefruit, juice, and raisins in raisin bran).
Maybe you've always just been served veges over-cooked? I love broccoli - if it's still crunchy. Cut the tops of, pop 'em in a bowl, put maybe a tablespoon of water in with them, put saran wrap over it, and "nuke" it for 2 1/2 - 3 minutes MAX. Drain, sprinkle a little garlic salt on, and sprinkle a little parmesan cheese (cheese is high cal, but a tablespoon of parmesan only has 35 calories). It's a big taste for something that is SO GOOD for you.
If you don't like broccoli....do you like pickles? That's a vege! And if you like pickles, how about pickled beets? I LOVE pickled beets.
Or brussel sprouts. I don't know ANYONE who likes brussel sprouts. Gary makes FABULOUS sprouts, and we have never had a guest over here who didn't LOVE them. Here's the trick - DO NOT BOIL THEM. Fry them (a taboo word in the world of dieting, but it's so worth it)! Peel the outer leaves off and cut them in quarters. Get the pan hot, then spray a little non-stick stuff in the pan. Put a DAB of butter in there (be careful - butter is 100 calories per tablespoon) for flavor. Sprinkle garlic salt in the pan. Then toss the brussel sprouts in there. Shake the pan, move'em around. Fry them until they are golden brown outside - should just be a couple of minutes at most. Again, sprinkle parmesan cheese in there while you've still got the fire on (it's how we get Gary to eat most veges!). It'll start to get melty and brown. They're done! And they should be hot all the way through, but crunchy.
Anybody else have good vege recipes? I could use them!
...not doing so good on the water today. Had a big glass of green tea with breakfast (as always), but I've only had one glass of water since
. Got water boiling right now for more tea.