When you cook dinner do you make an effort to have a nutritiously balanced meal, or do you just throw something together and hope for the best? Do you think about how your food was grown or where it came from? When it comes to making a healthy meal and feeding your family, what are your priorities?
Eating a healthy diet doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Basically, you want to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. Eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look, and feel. A healthy meal means a dish that will improve your physical and mental health, give you energy, and make you feel full and satisfied.
These are my top ten tips to get the most out of your meal.
Spring is here! Are you jumping for joy like I am? Longer days, warmer temps, and budding blooms renew my energy and inspiration. If it ever stops raining here in the Pacific Northwest then I’ll really be happy. When I think of spring flavors, asparagus and peas immediately come to mind. These early crops offer a taste of the fresh produce that is just around the corner. This Leek and Asparagus Frittata is the epitome of spring, using Northwest grown asparagus, fresh green leeks, and tangy goat cheese that, when baked together, make a delicious seasonal addition to your brunch menu (or lunch, dinner, or breakfast in bed).
Ah, fries….We all love them, and then inevitably feel guilty when our fingers and pants are covered in grease and we realize we just ate a whole basket of fries. Or does that just happen to me? Well, I can tell you I’ve made these 3 times in the last week and haven’t felt guilty once! So I decided to measure the ingredients, call them Smoky Sweet Potato Fries, and share them with you. I realize I’m not bringing anything revolutionary to your table here. Sweet potato fries are everywhere. But I enjoyed these so much and I think you will too.
These are for when you’re on week three of your sugar detox and you just can’t eat another fried egg for breakfast (i.e. my current situation). That’s right, these Coconut Banana Paleo Pancakes are 100% sugar-detox approved. Using just 4 ingredients and a blender, they are healthy and easy to make (even on a weekday).
These are delicious on their own, with plenty of flavor and sweetness from the banana and coconut. If you want to make them extra special, pour the Vanilla Tahini Drizzle on top. It has a syrupy consistency and sweet-nutty taste, plus tahini is loaded with vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
When it comes to eating healthy, the emphasis should go beyond just carbs, calories, and cravings. It even goes beyond food groups. When you make the conscious decision to start eating healthier foods, it’s important to pay attention to how that food was grown and what’s in it.
Did you know that the nutritional value of some produce has decreased over the last few decades? Modern agriculture favors plants that have a high sugar and starch content, which makes them more energy-dense and palatable. However, that emphasis on sweetness that came with the shift from foraging to farming 10,000 years ago resulted in a decrease of beneficial phytonutrients. Phytonutrients (also called antioxidants) are the compounds that give plants their color and defenses, and have the potential to reduce the risk of modern diseases in humans such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.