By Brieanna Knepper
Confession: I am not an adventurous eater.
I have never been a “foodie” person. Unless pizza, chicken nuggets, and tacos count. Then I am a legit master. Even as a kid I would eat the same things over and over. I had this fear that I would eat something that didn’t taste good and I would immediately get sick. Weird right?!
Well I’m an adult now (most days) and it is time to step outside my food comfort zone. I also want to learn how to make healthier choices. I always have a bunch of recipes saved and never actually try them. I was really intrigued by a pear and arugula pizza recipe I found on the Go Get It Life website because it is so outside what I would normally eat, but somehow I wanted to try it. There are quite a few recipes on the site that are really healthy and actually pretty simple. I’m not much of a cook, so easy is a huge plus. I decided that I would choose an entire day of eating using only GGIL recipes. There were a bunch to choose from but I finally decided on:
Breakfast- Blueberry Oat Smoothie Bowl
Lunch- Pear and Arugula Pizza
Dinner- Loaded Vegetable Quinoa
They seemed pretty beginner proof and included new ingredients that I had never had before. Plus it was by far the healthiest day of eating I’ve had in a very long time!
Here’s my breakdown of each meal!
Blueberry Oat Smoothie
First off, I’m not a huge fan of blueberries. Mix them in muffins and I don’t mind them, but not so much solo. The reason I picked this recipe is because I was hoping to give these healthy little guys another chance. It’s super easy to make which is great! I was able to get all the ingredients without much hassle and it gave me a reason dig my blender out from the back of my cabinet. I was a little intimidated by the seeds, but once they are in there it just adds a little texture. I used vanilla protein powder and the end result was sweet, but filling. It actually kind of had a blueberry muffin taste to it! I was surprised by how full I felt and how long it lasted! I thought I would be hungry right away, but I wasn’t. So good and fast to make in a time crunch!
Pear and Arugula Pizza
This one was probably the most outside my comfort zone, but the one I was most excited about. It’s pizza, it can’t be bad right? I couldn’t get Naan bread, so I used some pita bread instead. Another confession: I don’t think I’ve ever had a pear that wasn’t in the little plastic cup filled with syrup. Yeah, I know, yuck. I actually had to Google how to pick a good pear. I’m learning! Once I had all my ingredients I got to pizza making. I had never tried arugula, feta cheese, or balsamic vinegar. It smelled amazing coming out of the oven and man I was glad I choose this recipe. It’s somehow sweet yet savory and just plain good! Balsamic vinegar just may be my new favorite thing. I will definitely be making this one again!
Loaded Vegetable Quinoa
I chose this recipe because it included more vegetables than I have eaten in a long time. It just seemed like the perfect, healthy meal. Plus there’s a ton leftover, so bonus points. I choose to use broccoli, peppers, and zucchini as my veggies. I had never eaten zucchini before, so that was my new food for this recipe. It was super easy to make and I really liked the flavor! I also loved that I could change up the leftovers. I added some teriyaki sauce or different spices when I warmed it up. It was like getting a new recipe each time. Totally recommend this one! Great for meal prepping for the week!
One thing I learned from eating a day of GGIL recipes is that healthy doesn’t have to be hard. I think that’s what intimidates me the most when trying to clean up my diet. It seems like there’s so many contradictions and one day something is good for you and the next it’s not. These recipes used real food and made them in a simple way. I felt good about myself for trying new foods and for doing something good for my body. It gave me a feeling of motivation to keep going and make better choices. Plus, I now have new foods I can add to the mix so my options are getting wider! Trying new food doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. I’m actually really excited to see what other foods might become my new favorites!