(Closed) New nutrition plan – day 1 and I'm sick of broccoli! Help?!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
2990 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I like cooking “soft” veggies like zucchini and other summer squashes, mushrooms, and/or eggplant using cooking oil spray and McCormick Italian seasoning, then drizzling with balsamic vinegar. 

Spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens, chard, etc. are so yummy when chopped into small pieces and cooked with soy sauce, garlic and ginger (The minced or crushed bottled kind). They will reduce down a lot, so use a whole bag or bunch! 

I also like squeezing a lemon over green beans and sprinkling some sea salt and pepper on top. 

Post # 3
3088 posts
Sugar bee

That’s why I nutribullet my veggies. I just cant…

I also think that any eating plan has to be something you can stick with. I could never eat every 3 hours. It’s just not practical for me.  But, I am in damned good shape although I probably eat 4 times a day.

Post # 4
1707 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Sometimes I’ll “hide” green veggies in other things.  Like a ton of kale and spinach in spaghetti sauce (if you can have tomato sauce?).  Or chopped up in scrambled eggs.  Or in soups.  In fact, lately I’ve been making a big pot of soup that is just cabbage, spinach, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, secret herbs & spices – all cooked in broth.  I lightly sauteed some of the veggies before I put them in in the soup for some extra flavor.  I eat like a cup of that and some other small thing with lunch and it’s a ton of veggies and is super filling.  

Post # 5
3031 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Broccoli is good with lemon or lime or balsamic. Always a little salt & pepper. Garlic could be another option.

Asparagus is my favorite but not always in season. It’s good with lemon or balsamic. 

Sometimes a little red pepper flakes can add a little interest to a boring veggie.

Not sure what your rules are as far as salad, but bolthouse makes some really good low calorie yogurt dressings that i love. 

Zucchini is a good summer veggie… i always forget about it but I love it at hibachi places. 


Some low calorie flavor ideas…

taco seasoning (chilli pepper, cumin, etc)

smoked paprika (paired with garlic & onion powder makes a nice BBQ flavored rub)

italian seasoning mix

a dry ranch mix (dill, parsley, et.)

cilantro & lime

lemon pepper


hot sauce 


A good healthy meat recipe that i like to make is these “whole 30” buffalo ranch meatballs with ground turkey or chicken. http://holisticallyengineered.com/2013/01/whole30-buffalo-ranch-chicken-meatballs.html 

Post # 6
588 posts
Busy bee

I love a good balsamic vinegrette on pretty much anything. 

As for the greens—green smoothies are the best way that I can get them but steamed green beans are soooooo delicious with dinner. I’ve heard of roasting brocolli with some garlic powder but I haven’t tried it, also I like the little broccoli much more than the big ones.

Raw spinach is much better than cooked spinach imo.

Post # 7
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Are you trying to lose weight or just get healthier?

Post # 9
2180 posts
Buzzing bee

Spinach can be incorporated into omelettes and smoothies in the mornings. Can you use oils (olive, coconut, grapeseed etc) in your meals? They’re filling and flavorful. Chimichurri is easy to make and great on meats and roasted mushrooms, and chili oil is very flavorful and is lovely on bok choi sautéed with garlic. Does “green veggies” specify leaf vegetables, or are things like avocados, green beans etc permissible?

Post # 10
1339 posts
Bumble bee

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stokesto: Hi! I’ve been trying eat healthier too. I’m all about fast recipes. Have you ever cooked fish in foil? Make an aluminum foil pouch, put in a filet of fish, any veggies you want, I use spinach, tomatoes, a slice of lemon, any herbs I have on hand. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Put in the oven for ten minuts. Viola. And the best part is no clean up!

Also, can you eat cheese? I found this recipe to be pretty good. I substitured the ricotta for cottage cheese. I make a whole batch on sundays and eat one or two with my lunch throughout the week.


Post # 11
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015


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stokesto:  Green beans with sea salt and garlic salt, yum! Also, same thing with asparagus just add olive oil. I’ve recently tried patty pan squash, it’s a little sweeter than zucchini. You slice it up and I pan fried it with a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Even Fiance liked it!

Post # 12
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

That’s a lot of veggies. Holy dang. I’m counting macros too but mine are more lower carb, moderate protein, and high fat. Do you eat real butter? Butter literally makes everything better. I eat broccoli almost every day since Feb and I’m still diggin them because of butter. I also like to put parmesan cheese on it.

Here is my favorite recipe for sugar free (almost) BBQ sauce:

1/2c sugar free ketchup (which I can never find, so I just buy the reduced sugar ketchup)

1 Tbsp hot sauce

2 tsp yellow mustard

1 tsp liquid smoke

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash table blend

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I usually omit this)

Post # 14
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

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stokesto:  May I argue that 6 cups of veggies in a day is slight overkill? I mean, it’s definitely better than no veggies at all, but it’s also kind of a vague guideline. Like, a cup of kale has a completely different nutritional profile than a cup of cucumber. Also, you are going to crap your brains out. Not altogether a bad thing, but it will take a toll on your body after a while.

Why not stick to the recommended 3 or 4 servings of vegetables per day? And as long as you’re getting the vitamins and the fiber they are providing, I don’t see why they need to be green. Good luck with your muscle-building goals! 🙂

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