Crudités is a fancy French word for a plate of various raw vegetables cut up and usually served with some sort of dip or sauce. Crudités have been my go-to dish to take to potlucks or to serve to guests before a dinner party for many years.
It didn’t occur to me to eat crudités as part of every lunch until I started focusing on eating lots of low calorie (energy) density foods to lose weight, which I discussed in this post last year.
After our fast, my husband and I eat lunch. This happens between 12:00 and 1:00 pm most days. We set out a smorgasbord of fresh fruits and veggies. For fruit, we usually have apples, citrus, and berries, plus whatever looked good at Costco. That might include melons, kiwi, pineapple, pears, stone fruits and grapes.
Our crudités usually include carrot and celery sticks, sliced English cucumbers, raw cauliflower florets, bell pepper strips with the occasional radishes or snow peas. I usually prepare our crudités dish while making a salad for dinner so it’s ready to go when lunchtime rolls around the next day. If I don’t do that, I make it in the morning while the tea is steeping. I find that if I don’t prepare my veggies ahead of time, I won’t do it.
We eat the veggies plain sometimes but it’s tastier to dip them in something. These days, we are dipping them in Sabra organic hummus with pine nuts. You can buy it at most Costcos in the western US for less than $7.
Other healthy dip ideas include salsa, guacamole, or a soft vegan cream cheese or other cheese spread. Both plant based and regular cheese spreads tend to be on the high side in calories so if you’re counting those, check out the nutritional info. There are lots of dip recipes online too.
After we eat our fruits and veggies, we move on to something else. I usually have veggie soup, a rice cake or whole grain crackers with peanut butter or some Tu-no Salad. Bill will usually have a PB & J or we might both do bagels with plant based cream cheese and tomatoes.
A few things we like about our every day crudités and fruit:
- We are sure to get our vegetable intake for the day.
- It tastes good! So many different flavors and textures.
- It takes a long time to chew and eat all these fruits and vegetables. That slows down our digestion which allows us to feel satiated by the time we are done eating them. And it gives our jaw muscles a workout!
- Eating lots of fruits and veggies helps us stay hydrated and gives our bodies plenty of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants.
Is “crudités with lunch every day” a habit you would try?