First blog post of 2018, yippee! There are so many exciting things happening in 2018 for A Thousand Crumbs I could just burst with joyous anticipation for all that’s ahead! I’ve got some great new content for you already planned out, including some seriously awesome partnerships with brands that I really value and I think you will too.
But first things first! Let’s talk about intentions and goals you’ve set for 2018. You might call them resolutions – I personally think there is too much pressure on that word to be black/white, but whatever you choose to call them – what are you hoping for in 2018? Do you want to cultivate and grow life-giving relationships with your family and friends? Do you want to learn a new skill or hobby? Maybe spend less time in front of a screen and more time outside? Do you want to get your body moving more? Do you want to learn how to cook so you can nourish your body and your family with healthy meals (if this is your goal, you’ve come to the right place!)?
Whatever you’ve set your sights on, can we agree on one thing – don’t take it so seriously! Intentions and goals should be things that get you fired up, feed your soul, keep you motivated, and that are attainable, other wise you aren’t going to stick with them. Anything that is an uber-extreme might prove to be too overwhelming to keep up with, and if you waver even a little, you may give up all together.
Life is about balance. That means eating well and moving your body, but not killing yourself with crash diets or crazy work out plans. That means not beating yourself up if you don’t keep up with every goal you’ve set, every day until 2019. That means eating dessert every now and then, and having that glass of wine on Friday night. You will find that if you aren’t so black and white with your goals and intentions, you will be more likely to stick with them, and find the balance and joy in life. Remember – progress not perfection.
Personally, I am hitting the reset button in January. I really (ok fine, really really) enjoyed the holidays, and now I am ready to get back on track and feed my body what it needs so I feel my best as I go after everything else I want to achieve in 2018. Food is fuel after all, so why not give your body the best fuel possible?
One of the ways that I love to stay on track with healthy eating is by packing my lunch for work every day. It avoids the daily, “What am I going to eat for lunch?” conundrum, is cheaper, and keeps you in control of the quality of your food. So, it’s time to bust out that lunch box and fill it with tasty and balanced foods that you’re excited to eat. Like these collard green turkey roll ups!
Sneaky veggie sources are always a win, and believe it or not, collard green leaves are the perfect bread/tortilla substitute! They hardly add any flavor, so you can get creative with your flavor combos. Plus, the leaves are nice and sturdy, ready for maximum fillings! These collard green turkey roll ups are stuffed with lean sliced turkey, avocado, roasted red peppers, chopped kalamata olives, a little bit of onion, and crumbled goat cheese. But the possibilities are really endless!
Try stuffing collard green leaves with chicken salad, or tuna salad…or any salad for that matter! You could even try rolling up your favorite sandwich fixings for a low-carb alternative. Or stuff with scrambled eggs, salsa, and bacon for a healthy breakfast burrito. Like I said, endless possibilities!
So…talk to me Goose…what are your intentions and goals for 2018? Besides making these ridiculously delicious and easy collard green turkey roll ups. That’s just a given. Right?
Collard Green Turkey Roll UpsPrint Recipe
- 2 large collard green leaves, washed well and pat dry
- 16 slices lean deli turkey
- 1 large roasted red pepper, sliced into thin strips
- 1 avocado, pit and skin removed, sliced thin
- 1/4 cup onion (yellow, purple, or white), sliced thin
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives, roughly chopped
- goat cheese crumbles, optional (but delicious)
Remove the stem from the collard green leaves by cutting along the edge, effectively cutting each leaf in half. Line up all four half-leaves.
Assemble each roll by layering (like a pizza) four slices of turkey, avocado slices, followed by strips of roasted red pepper, onion, olives, and goat cheese.
Starting at the end closest to you, roll each leaf tightly. Secure with a toothpick if desired.
These are surprisingly filling, so I always make four, eat two, and then keep the other two for the next day. They also keep well in the fridge when rolled securely in aluminum foil - great for when you pack your lunch the night before!