Mini-Pledge Week 5: Two New Whole Foods

For the last few weeks I’ve asked you to skip the drive-thru, avoid crunchy chips, cut back on the burgers & steaks, and all together give up sugar in your coffee. So who’s up for a pledge where we simply add something to our diets instead of take something away? That’s what I thought. :) As we all learned from the very first mini-pledge, when you add something good to your diet it might kick something out that shouldn’t be there in the first place. And, in my opinion, that is one of the easiest ways to reduce your intake of highly processed foods.

Kale Chips

So here is next week’s pledge that officially starts on Monday:

Mini-Pledge Week 5: Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before.

A whole food is something that has one ingredient and is not refined. Some examples that you’re hopefully familiar with are apples, potatoes, brown rice, whole-wheat flour and spinach. Some other whole foods that are a bit less common are as follows:

  • Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”)
  • Barley
  • Parsnips
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Steel cut oats
  • Papaya
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Bok choy
  • Swiss chard
  • Radicchio (pronounced “rah-DEE-kee-oh”)
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Watercress
  • Dates
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Pomegranate (and having the juice in a martini does not count!)
  • Fava beans
  • Lentils
  • Spelt
  • Pine nuts
  • Star fruit

I admit I have not even tried all of these things myself. And this is by no means a complete list, but just something to get you started. During the challenge it does not matter how you eat these foods…they can be raw, cooked, or even ordered at a restaurant. You simply need to try at least two new whole foods by the end of the week and that is it! Easy enough?

To take the pledge: Please leave a comment below with the number of adults and kids in your household that will participate. There is no denying that trying something new would be good for everyone (including us!). Put it in writing and make it official.

Good luck!

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  • Comments

    1. michele |

      just wanted to suggest harukei turnips… got these in our csa pick up this year and fell in love!! slice thin, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. roast. most delicious chip!! also… we love parsnips in stew or soup. adds a surprise sweetness. my husband put them in a veggie stromboli last night. perfect!! enjoy!!

    2. Kat |

      Two here taking the pledge. We’re trying kumquats and farro!

    3. Nicole |

      2 adults. This past week was pretty easy overall, except the fact that we were bombarded with fried foods this week when are normally not. But we did very well. This week won’t be too bad. We do eat a number of items on that list already. This week we will be trying butternut squash and brussel sprouts. :)

    4. Rebecca |

      Week 5 here we go! This should be an easier week since we are just adding something, but challenging because I’ve tried a lot of things. The only thing on the suggested list I have not tried is spelt. So im going to try to make some spelt bread, and the other thing we will try is still to be a surprise until I grocery shop on Monday. Every day we move forward with this lifestyle I am feeling better and better! We have 2 adults and a toddler!

    5. Heather |

      We are starting this pledge on November 24. We have 2 adults and 3 kids. Looking forward to an easier pledge. We are going to try spelt, star fruit, farro and mukimame. The boys have never tried brussel sprouts, so I am going to roast them as well this week.

    6. Amy |

      Going to try this as my first week starting tomorrow. I have already bought quinoa and steel cut oats to try. Just me and two crazy puggle who are trying barley flour and quinoa in their homemade dog cookies mommy is making them. Figure I should get them on a health kick too although theirs will be slightly different.

    7. Kristen |

      One adult, please :) I can’t think of many things we won’t eat or haven’t tried, but if I get the chance to try something new this week I’ll definitely take it. Or just choose something I don’t have often. I’ll also use this week to continue the earlier challenges and reinforce those habits. The most challenging so far has been reducing meat…I only eat meat once a day normally, but getting it lower than that has been tough!

    8. Jessica |

      2 adults and one infant here. We’ve been doing the pledge for the past wf weeks and feel great! Any suggestions for new whole foods to try? We’ve tried everything on the list! We love fruits and veggies in our house so I’m wondering if anyone has done good recommendations?
      The Falls Family

    9. Debbie |

      This is a hard one, I have gone through the coop site and since joining the coop we have tried many new things there isn’t anything left in our coop we have not tried. In the past two months we have tried kale, napa cabbage, turnips, jalapeno peppers (that was a mistake), leeks. Anytime I get something in my basket I don’t know what it is I try it. The turnips are the only things so far I have not been found of, but I am sure we will be trying them again. I love the beets, egg plant, brussel sprouts, squash. We have not been to a grocery store in over three weeks.

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