Last week my honey and I had our annual wellness appointments and my blood pressure is up a little bit and while my overall cholesterol is down from last year, a couple of the numbers are up a little from last year. So it is time to get serious (and stay serious) about my diet and exercise. Now when I use the word diet, I don’t mean diet as in trying to lose weight (although, that couldn’t hurt), I mean diet as in what I eat. I have read A LOT about the DASH Diet eating plan over the past several years, and I have read the science behind it, and I know that I can definitely benefit from this plan. Actually my whole family can 🙂 We eat healthfully compared to many other families, but there is a LOT of room for improvement. SO, effective today, I am working my way into the DASH plan. So far today, I have exercised, and gotten all of my fruit servings, all of my dairy servings, only 1 of my 6 grain servings (will get 2 more with dinner), and will get the rest of my veggie servings and meat servings with dinner. I have been SUPER FULL all day long, and haven’t even been eating all of the grain servings that I need! Here’s how I’ll be getting 1-2 of my veggie servings for dinner tonight….AND it’s rich with superfoods! 🙂
- 1 head broccoli (cut the florets small and either julienne or grate or finely chop the stalk)
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped almonds (or sunflower seeds)
- 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain)
- 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. agave (or sugar or honey)
In a small bowl whisk together yogurt, vinegar and agave, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine all other ingredients and toss to combine. Pour dressing over and mix well until all of the veggies are lightly coated with dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (can go as long as overnight) before serving.