Sunset Eat Fresh, Day 1: Fill up on veggies, and don’t forget to sleep

January 6, 2014 | By | Comments (0)


Who: Elaine Johnson, associate food editor

I’m giving up: After-dinner snacks

I chose this because: As a full-time working mom, there’s always so much to do. My energy and willpower really sink in the evening, and it’s tempting to boost my blood sugar with a late-evening snack (carbs! sweets!) as I pack lunches, run laundry, or try to grab a few minutes for myself.

My biggest challenge: Doing an end-run around the snacking hour and getting to bed at a decent time.

My biggest temptation to cheat: See above.

Coping mechanisms: Fill up on veggies. Brush teeth and make the kids’ lunches right after dinner. Leave an enticing book on the nightstand. (Suggestions?)

Today I feel: Awesomely well-rested after a 2-week vacation and early morning at the gym. (Ah. Perhaps the early morning contributes to the evening sink? Check in with me Friday or so!) Looking forward to a fridge full of winter veg from the farmers’ market.

So, yeah, I have to confess I’m one of those annoying people who actually loves vegetables and whole grains. Eating healthy is no big deal; getting overtired and craving sweets on top of the healthy stuff…well, it happens.

Tonight I’m planning to cook some crazy-looking chartreuse broccoli romanesco in a recipe from Deborah Madison. Sounds like just the thing with seared pounded chicken breasts.

Will dinner go as planned, or will the broccoli romanesco wind up in the compost pile later in the week? Find out by following me at #SunsetEatFresh and @Elaineatsunset.



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