Monday, July 26, 2010

SOWL Challenge #2: Try one new vegetable and one new fruit

The Summer of Weight Loss challenge #2 is to try one new vegetable and one new fruit.  I am week behind since I just found the challenge on July 13th!  I finished the first challenge on July 14th so I'm really behind.  I've been focusing more on my fitness progress than nutritional aspects.  I have just been sticking to healthy diet options, and fueling and recovery for runs. 

So I went shopping and here is what I found.  I haven't tried them yet but I wanted to post what I found to try.   I love to cook so finding recipes to enjoy them will be fun for me. 

This first thing I found was Bok Choy.

Bok Choy

I read that bok choy is light, has a sweet flavor, and crisp texture. It is also high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calcium, but it is low in calories. I think I'll try this Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic Sauce. The introduction to this recipe suggests serving with grilled shrimp and steamed rice.  Yum!  I might have found dinner tonight!

Then I found a Canary Melon.

Canary Melon
Oh my! I think I'll try the Canary Melon and Banana Fruit Smoothie.  I read that canary melons provide vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber. This sounds actually awesome after my morning run tomorrow!

Then I saw this Jicama.

What I read is that jicama contains a high amount of vitamin C, is low in sodium, and has no fat. One  serving or 1 cup of cubed jicama contains only 45 calories.  That's cool! Now I need to find a recipe.  I'm thinking of this simple Jicama Chili Sticks Recipe. This might be good as a lunch snack tomorrow.

Oh boy, I'm excited at my finds!   I love to try new things so this challenge was difficult, there were so many vegetables and fruits I've already tried. I can't wait to get cooking!

1 comment:

  1. I love bok choy, especially the baby bok choy (usually you can find them at the Asian grocers). Add a little oil to coat the pan a little, fry some garlic and throw in the vegetables. Add seasonings, and serve over rice.
    Try Napa Cabbage too. They are light and tasty.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Let's work toward a faster 5K time.