Happy Wednesday!Welcome back to the real, post-holiday world and another edition of “What I Ate Wednesday”! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know I did. I really enjoyed all the time with family and not to mention lots of yummy foods and desserts! I don’t know about you, but while I do enjoy all the indulgent foods that come with the holidays, I can only handle so much before I just start craving healthy foods and exercise again. Let’s just say after Monday, I hit that point. Today was the official start of getting back to my normal routine, and I can already feel a difference.
On the way home from doing a bunch of errands with my mom, I picked up a quick (and very late!) lunch from Trader Joe’s.Their Grilled Eggplant Wrap is one of my favorite prepared go to meals. Plus, it’s super delicious!For dinner, we put our Christmas Eve dinner leftovers to good use.
Pork roast, sweet potatoes, roasted carrots and a simple side of veggies.
Why Would Jessica Eat This?: Eggplant might look scary, but there is nothing to fear! It has phytonutrients in it’s dark purple skin that act as antioxidants in the body. Studies have found that one antioxidant in particular known as Nasunin, protects lipids (fats) in the brain, which in turn keeps the cells safe from damaging free radicals. Still not convinced? Iron is an essential element needed in the diet, but excess in the body is associate with heart disease and cancer. Eating Eggplant can provide your body with other beneficial antioxidants that chelate (or bind to) extra iron to reduce it’s damaging effects.