I love holiday buffet goodies as much as the next person. I love the fudge and the cookies and the soft cheeses you spread on fancy party crackers with those tiny knives.
But I also gravitate to the veggie trays. When vegetables are already washed and chopped and served on a plate alongside a delicious dip, it feels like a treat.
I was dunking my twenty-third broccoli floret into seasoned sour cream over the holidays when it occurred to me that I could easily replicate this treat at home. Couldn’t any old day be special enough for a veggie tray?
So on Sunday, I made one. While I was photographing it, my third grader walked by and snagged two carrot sticks. When I set it out on the table that night, he finished all the snap peas. Last night he crunched through all the red peppers while I demolished the broccoli. In just two days, we’re both eating more veggies–just because they’re there.
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I keep the veggie tray covered in the fridge. I also have extra washed and chopped vegetables on reserve so I can refill it mid-week. I can bring out the veggie tray at meals, for snack time, or when my kids are hungry before dinner and I don’t want them filling up too much (or when I’m cooking dinner and need something to nibble).
It’s super simple, but it works. And maybe it will work for you too. So here’s to making healthy choices easy (and a little bit special-feeling) in the new year!