"Eat your brussels sprouts", as your nose is turned up at these mushy, steamed, green blobs sit on your dinner plate. I use to hate brussels as a kid and even the thought of them as an adult would make me cringe. Often we avoid many delicious and nutritious foods due to preconceived notions based on our past experiences. Rightfully so, but often we have not tasted these food for 5...10...15 years, yet we continue to reject them over and over again.
In the past 5 years brussels sprouts' status has been elevated by the hipster foodie scene and their impeccable nutrition status. You see them on menus, raw, roasted, sauteed, topped with bacon, maple glaze, or a honey, balsamic drizzle. Initially when I would see these gorgeously described brussels dishes on a menu, I would think "gross, no thank you". But time and time again friends and family would order fancy brussels sides for the table.
Winter has hit in the northeast. I am a strange one who loves snow! There is just something so magical and pristine about fresh fallen snow. My two favorite activities for snow days are skiing and walking the bike path by office. There is a calm and peacefulness that a snow covered mountain or bike path brings. It just warms my soul.
But I recognize not everyone feels this way, often winter can feel dark, freezing and depressing. In the wellness groups that I run, all the participants have been working on not letting the weather deter them from getting outside and moving. From this ambitious goal we have adapted a saying from a famous John Denver song ... "get sunshine on my shoulders every day!" If its an hour or just 5 minutes, they have set a mission to get outside each and everyday.
As the cold sets in so has the comfort foods. Comfort foods are so yummy and warming and should be enjoyed. But I have found day after day of hot soups, casseroles and crock pot meals, my ta...