NEW SHAPES: 20-1-7 Challenge Week #2

Dr. Grimes’ 20-1-7 CHALLENGE:

  • For the first TWENTY weeks of this year,
  • Pick ONE healthy change every Sunday, and
  • Commit to that change for SEVEN days.

NEW SHAPES: 20-1-7 Challenge Week #2

This week, I will put a new “twist” on my vegetables by using a new veggie spiralizer ($6 at the grocery store) and I will replace pasta and rice all week with spiraled zucchini or yellow squash.

I love my GF pasta and rice so much that I have one or the other at a minimum of one meal per day. Replacing them with a vegetable should be another big leg-up for my overall nutrition. This week will be a challenge, but who doesn’t love a new inexpensive kitchen gadget? I used an apple spiralizer (that cored, peeled and spiraled, see image below) for many years- always a favorite with my girl scout troops for snacks. It’s amazing how simply changing the SHAPE of foods can make them more appealing. Try the apple one for your kid’s lunch! Then pack one for you, too.

BOTTOM LINE: For week #2 of the 20-1-7 challenge, try a new cooking gadget that will help you find fruits/veggies more appealing! Consider trying a veggie spiralizer…

20-1-7 Challenge Week #1: COLOR

At EVERY meal, I added one more COLOR (translation, one more serving of fruit or vegetable that is a different color than whatever I started with on my plate.)

FEEDBACK: I realized I had been eating well, but filling up more on the “extras” (like my gluten-free pasta or bread) than on more nutrient-dense vegetables. I like that this forced me to expand my fruit/veg choices beyond my usual comfort zone, and had me looking for new things to try in the produce aisle.

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