I get a constant barrage of questions every day about workouts, fitness, nutrition, and, surprisingly, what I personally eat. I have always considered myself a boring and extremely consistent eater (except that I get so excited about my food).
I really think I have the best food every day and it almost never changes! My kids don’t know whether or not my favorite food is oatmeal (breakfast/snack), egg whites (breakfast/snack/dinner), or the awesome blends of greens I have for dinner. My husband thinks the list also includes chocolate cake desserts, but I steadfastly refuse to admit that. I’m going to let you in on my dinner secret: A food processor.
This love affair all started when my two sons bought me a Ninja food processor for Mother’s Day so that I could make them cookie-and-ice-cream smoothies (being a parent is filled with such thoughtful and selfless moments). As it turns out, this was a great gift!
My typical dinner is an absolutely delicious mix of healthy, fresh ingredients pulsed inside my processor.
Try these ingredients:
• 2 cups of fresh kale
• 10 brussel sprouts
• Half a head of cilantro
These are then mixed with homemade toasted almonds and roasted beets. One fried egg is put on top, like a warm blanket, and everything is drizzled with a low-sodium vinaigrette. Perfect. Literally, this is my dinner every weeknight—and being done comes way too soon.
My husband uses a food processor to dice up a mixture of fresh veggies for his egg white omelet he has nearly every morning.
Try these ingredients:
• 1 bell pepper (pick your favorite color!)
• 1 small white onion
• 5 jalapenos
Mix in a pinch of minced garlic and this batch, made immediately after grocery shopping, lasts him for a week.
Lastly, I bought this as a gift for my client’s birthday and made her day! She now uses it to make a no-sodium salsa.
Her recipe is a secret to me, but here are some options for you to whip together:
• Fresh garlic cloves
If you’re making an effort to stay away from additives, salt, and sugar that are in many pre-packaged foods try a food processor. You’ll be amazed by the taste of freshness and the amount of time you save versus chopping all those awesome veggies by hand.
Erin Oprea is owner of Oprea Personal Fitness, an exclusive in-home personal training business for clientele in the Nashville area or who are on the road. She first received her personal trainer certification in 1995. After serving 9 years in the Marine Corps, she resumed her passion in fitness to eventually include clients such as Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Nettles.