#TBT: Where them veggie sandwiches at?

#TBT: Where them veggie sandwiches at?

When’s the last time you had a really good veggie sandwich?

I used to work in a cafe that had daily lunch specials, and one was a veggie croissant. Essentially, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and green peppers on a croissant with mayo and mustard. You know how they always say “less is more?” That was the philosophy working here. Something about it worked wonderfully, and it was always a hit.

A wise woman (well, more like one of my best friends) once said, “Veggie burgers and sandwiches are usually better because they have to make up for the lack of meat with flavour.” And she’s so right.

Of course, a veggie sandwich can become less healthy than a BLT real quick if you’re not careful. But generally speaking, making a sandwich up of just veggies is such an easy way to get more fresh vegetables into your diet, and feel satisfied without the greasy, heavy feeling of a burger.

Figure one, this sandwich.

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Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?

Look at this beauty. Red Beard Coffee delivers. It’s just red pepper, avocado, basil, arugula, balsamic dressing and chipotle mayo on rye. And let me tell you, the combination of flavour would have just been muddled by deli meat. This is perfect as is.

If you need more convincing, look at this one.

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fyi: I started the hashtag #beautifulsandwichesinbeautifulplaces because of this photo. Please join in on the conversation so I can see all the other beautiful sandwiches out there.

Avocado, mozzarella cheese, tomato, spinach, and hummus on a ciabatta bun. If you’ve never had a sandwich from Terra, you’re missing out big time.

Let’s all embrace the meat-free sandwiches in our lives, they do so much for us!

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#TBT: Here are some healthy salads even your boyfriend will eat

#TBT: Here are some healthy salads even your boyfriend will eat

Let me just say that getting on board with salad is a universal struggle. It is hard and we all have to do it to live happy, healthy lives.

Not too many people grow up loving it unless they’ve been fed proper delicious salads all their lives. But, unfortunately, most people envision iceberg lettuce smothered in ranch dressing with a tomato on top when they think of a salad, and that’s off putting to everyone, even healthy people.

So with that in mind, sometimes I don’t blame long-suffering partners of fit people for having a hard time wanting to eat salad with their SO to help support their diet changes.

Just looking at the boyfriends of the world for a bit, I think a lot of dudes feel like a meal can’t satisfy them without bread and/or meat. Sure, a pile of iceberg lettuce with some ranch for dipping isn’t going to cut it. But there are lots of salads that will. Here is a personally compiled list of salads that any man I know would probably opt to eat, due to crazy deliciousness.

I want to add a disclaimer before I continue, however. I’m not trying to push any idea that men always have a huge appetite, and women always live off of scraps of leaves and twigs. But I would argue that men and women are socialized to enjoy food differently, and what you learn that way is hard to break out of. If anything, I would like to point out that you can identify as a man and eat a meal without starch! You can eat a meal without meat! It’s possible.

Anyway. Let’s look through this list.

Gateway boy-friendly salad – Chicken Burrito Bowl

This isn’t a salad so much as it is a burrito without the tortilla. But burrito bowls are one of those things that can be as healthy as you want, or as fattening as you want, and its a good start if you want to start serving healthy food he’ll eat.

Doritos Taco Salad

Now following on the heels of the chicken burrito bowl.. is this the most healthy salad? I assume not. It has Doritos in it. But try to get bae to say he hates salads after finishing this. Impossible. It’s a walking taco, but you’re not walking, you’re sitting down eating it. Everyone has always dreamed of a sitting walking taco. Amazing.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Really flavourful, with jalapeños, chicken, and even rice noodles to get your starch fixing. Not only that, but it’d make good leftovers to eat during a midnight snack run. Is it you doing the late-night snacking, or him? Only time will tell.

BLT Bowl

Essentially, this is a BLT without the bread – subbed in with avocado … and cheese. Really, when you think about it, a good salad is just a sandwich without the bread. And that’s a good enough reason to eat one.

Ribeye Steak Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

You can’t make a man-friendly salad list without including a steak salad. Honestly, that salad looks monstrous and intimidating. I like it.

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Asparagus

An upscale salad that doesn’t rely on greens at the base, but also doesn’t sacrifice being sophisticated as well. Plus, it’s a great make-ahead dish that you can just eat whenever you feel hungry and need something at an arm’s length.

Antipasto Salad

This one is like a charcuterie board over a bed of romaine lettuce. And honestly, it looks so simple and delicious. You could probably pick at it with your fingers if you disregarded cutlery altogether.

BBQ Chicken Salad

This is like the MVP of guy-friendly salads you can make. Full of flavour, and lots of different things going on that aren’t just greens. It’s likely one of your safest bets for trying to get a guy to eat more greens. Plus, you could put it in a wrap if you need to meet halfway and modify it a bit with some starch.

#TBT: The definitive guide to making a green smoothie

#TBT: The definitive guide to making a green smoothie

I know they look kind of weird, but the majesty of a green smoothie is that something that, frankly, looks gross can taste so good and fill your body with valuable vitamins and nutrients. If you want to incorporate more veggies into your diet effortlessly, you probably need to learn how to make one you find palatable.

First, you get your greens. Whatever greens you use depends mostly on what you want in your smoothie. Kale and Spinach are good starters, but know that spinach blends up easier than kale. Both are good sources of fibre, too. Some people like swiss chard and beet leaves in their too, but I find those too stem-y for my liking.

Next, your base. This part is entirely up to you for the aesthetic of the drink, but I prefer to choose a fruit like mangos, pineapple, apples or peaches to keep the colour green. Frozen fruit works a bit better to bind everything together, but don’t fret if yours isn’t – fresh works good too! And don’t forget about other veggies that can be added in, namely cucumber and celery.

Now, you want to get it nice and mixed up. So what kind of liquids go well in the perfect smoothie? Well, one great drink to mix in is coconut water. Frankly, smoothies are the only place I accept coconut water, since I find it gross on its own. But maybe you like it, no judgement. Also think about using almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or just actual cow’s milk.

Finally, your add-ins. Chia seeds make a good accessory to your drink because they add omega-3s and fibre. Some people like to add protein powder, which is acceptable if it’s a flavour that won’t mess with the other flavours muddled in there. If you don’t have protein for that extra pow, greek yogurt can do wonders to flesh it out with more protein to keep you fuller for longer.

If you want to see these steps in action, here’s a simple smoothie to try out. Spinach, frozen pineapple, coconut water, and a little bit of lemon juice.

So get your pineapple and spinach in a magic bullet cup, or any other blending cup. How many? This many.

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Next, add coconut water up until you almost cover the spinach, but not quite. Then you can start blending it together.

It’ll probably get stuck, so I used lemon juice to get it loosened. Also helps bring out the flavour of the pineapple. Which, you know, you want up front and centre.

If you are fresh out of lemon juice or anything else that would make the smoothie taste better, don’t be afraid to try just plain water. Like, you could just used water instead of coconut water in this, too. But coconut water is super hydrating and I have to drink it, according to the internet.

So once you’ve blended everything together, it should look like this!

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Once you’re there, feel free to drink it out of the cup, or put it into any decorative mason jar that might be kicking around.

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And to think people say they’re gross.

Congrats, you’ve successfully made a green smoothie you could probably convince anyone to drink. But why would you? It’s all yours.

This post comes to you from my old health and fitness blog, the real fit girl! I will be posting my old work from there here from time to time, so be sure to check out the #tbt tag!