Mini-Pledge Week 5: Two New Whole Foods

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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: 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”)
  • 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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82 comments to Mini-Pledge Week 5: Two New Whole Foods

  • Lisa Emery

    2 adults and 2 kiddos – we’re in!

  • LauraElle

    2 adults, one kid. We’re in. I’m doing this stealth-style, since I do the cooking. >:)

  • Brenda P

    5 adults 1 child

  • M. Simmons

    I will sign up for this one! Two adults (and one breastfeeding infant :). Bok choy and parsnips interest me, tried most of the other stuff, but will look around to see what whole foods appeal to me at the markets, maybe turnips? :) Thanks.

  • AJ

    2 adults and 3 kids are in!!!!

  • Andrea

    No sweat! 2 adults, one child.

  • Stacey

    Easy Peasy! We are in. Two adults and four kids.

  • jennifer

    this is awesome…NO KIDS, just me and my hubby!!!

  • Susan

    2 adults! count us in! we actually participated in last week’s pledge but forgot to leave a reply! Love your information!

  • 2 adults, but only because the husband eats my dinner!

    I think amaranth is going in my cart this weekend. Need to find one more! I think I’ll just get creative at the store tomorrow!

  • IN!
    2 adults and 3 children

  • marybeth

    1 adult, 2 kids! Count us in!

  • Sarah Keel

    Count us in… 2 adults, 2 kids. I have steel cut oats on the list anyway and chickpeas… but if I make the chickpeas into hummus does that count? :) (I guess I can leave a few out to sneak in as a snack…) Loving this challenge – very do-able!

  • Erica

    We’re in. 2 adults – 1 picky 3 year old. Have heard about kale chips many times but never made them…this is the week!!

  • Wendi

    1 adult. super easy with my farm share

  • janet

    just started using Collard Greens. They are fabulous!

    As prices have been rising, I have been looking for some alternatives to things I normally buy. At the time, all lettuce was through the roof so I bought some Collards. I am so glad I tried something new :) they are yummy and versatile besides being a SuperFood!

  • Brandi

    Love this!!! Two adults and three kids

  • 2 adults. I’m going to try, but in a way this is kind of hard because we’ve tried preatty much everything on this list and more.
    But I am making a dish with mung beans that I’ve never attempted to cook before this week, so I just need to find something else I’m not familiar with.
    I’ve made some really good dishes with parnsip recently.
    A good recipe site:, it’s mainly seasonal.

    Other suggestions for your list:
    sunchokes, arugla, dendelion (a type of lettuce yes), amaranth (similar to quinoa but smaller).

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      We are trying mung beans this week too! They are totally new to me…I didn’t even know where to find them in the store!

  • sara

    this is a perfect one for next week-i broke my hand earlier this week and i’m feeling like a healthy eating failure right now because i’m having a hard time cooking/baking right now (we’ve eaten waaay too much convenience food since my accident). but, adding two whole foods should be easy enough to do! count in my family of five for this one.

  • I’m planning to participate! I’ll be blogging about it too, I started a challenge where I’m trying to eat only non-processed foods, with mixed results.

  • sheri

    2 adults, 3 kids…we’re all in! wish i’d have known about this before i made kale chips for dinner tonight, though…would have saved the kale for a couple of more days ;)

  • Stacie

    2 adults, 2 kiddos. We’ll have to look hard for new things to try as we’ve tried everything on your list but always looking for something new! If I’d known what the new pledge would be, I would have waited on trying millet this week (the kids like it better than oatmeal). I will be trying to make spelt bread for the first time later this week though – hopefully that will count as one thing.

  • beth

    2 adults, me & my unsuspecting hubby =D

  • Barb Smith

    We are in! 2 adults and 2 teens.

  • Jennifer

    We’re in: 2 adults and 1 kiddo. I’ve been meaning to try bok choy, and we’ll see what else I can discover. I had never cooked with kale until last fall and it’s my true vegetable love now.

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