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.
So here is next week’s pledge that officially starts on Monday:
Mini-Pledge Week 5: April 11 – April 17 – 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”)
- Collard greens
- Steel cut oats
- Brussel sprouts
- Black-eyed peas
- Bok choy
- Swiss chard
- Radicchio (pronounced “rah-DEE-kee-oh”)
- Spaghetti Squash
- Pomegranate (and having the juice in a martini does not count!)
- Fava beans
- 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.