Nuts for Nutrition!

Oooh, I am so excited to share this post with you all today! πŸ™‚ I found all of these fabulous, colourful charts on Buzzfeed and some other bloggers’s website – I’m sure you’ll like looking at them as much as I did.

Have you ever been sick of boring old hummus? I like Costco’s garlic hummus with crackers, but sometimes I get sick of it. Sabra makes an amazing roasted red pepper hummus. These new combos seem really mouthwatering.

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Marinating times for every type of protein. This is perfect! Sometimes I forget that fish and shrimp can only be marinated for 30 minutes, because we usually keep it in the fridge for longer than that – maybe three hours? Mom and Grandma used to make maple-soy salmon and marinate it for TWO DAYS. Whoa.

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Salad dressing ideas from the magnificent RD blogger Kath of KERF πŸ™‚ I think my dream combo would beΒ Hazelnut oil + balsamic vinegar + maple syrup + honey mustard + dill or basil + salt, pepper, and garlic. I’m not sure how that would taste, though! It would probably be sweet and sour and really flavourful with the herbs and seasonings.

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Love this because I sometimes forget how to store produce and other foods πŸ™‚

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Grains! Yum. My favourite grains, in order, are probably oats > quinoa > brown rice > wild rice > millet > white rice > barley. I’m not a barley fan!

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Vitamins and essential minerals – and where to find them! Love this too. πŸ™‚ And a guide about baking!

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Smoothies are amazing, but I don’t have them very often because I prefer chewing. I LOVE bananas, almond milk, nut butter, maybe dates, and spinach in my smoothies. πŸ™‚

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I know I’m definitely guilty of eating too many nuts. But how much is too much? I usually have 3 or 4 tablespoons of nut butter a day, 2 in the morning and the rest for snacks and desserts.

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This is so awesome! And… okay I definitely don’t have a thumb-sized amount of nut butter every day. πŸ˜‰ Love how you can just look and your hand and figure out how much you should eat in a portion.

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This is brilliant! Right?! I’d like to add another: quinoa, spinach, and chicken. Or salmon, rice, and broccoli. Okay, the combos are endless. πŸ™‚

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We aren’t big soup drinkers in our house, but if you are, I’m sure you’ll like this!

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As much as I like the idea of eating salads, I just don’t like eating salads. Does that make sense? And for two reasons:

1) I hate wet leaves. We buy the prewashed spinach/baby spring greens, but we wash them anyways. Our spinner isn’t amazing, and the leaves are still dewy when we dress them. Not appealing to have watered-down dressing that doesn’t stick to the leaves.

2) I don’t like raw carrots, onions, or tomatoes. Peppers are just okay, and I much, much prefer cooked vegetables.

However these combos look pretty nice, and I really like roasted chickpeas, feta, and beans on salad. πŸ™‚ I guess that’s why we like quinoa salad so much!

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You guys might know that I’m not really into meat. Chicken I can do occasionally (once or twice a week), beefΒ once every two months, lamb a couple times a year, and I absolutely never have pork. I just hate it. Ham, bacon, tenderloins, cutlets… you name it. I find pork so chewy, flavourless, and fibrous. Not my thing! However, I have fish (esp. salmon) about three times a week, as well as two eggs every day πŸ™‚ Beans show up a lot on our menu, too.

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Here are some photos for inspiration: loving the chickpea, chicken, corn, feta, and tomato salad. Similar things are added to an omelet in the second picture, which is just so gorgeous I wouldn’t be able to eat it. Maybe.

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