Tag Archives: healthy food

Cook in Big Batches

Taking the time to cook a meal from scratch can seem unreasonable with our crazy, hectic lifestyles, but the end result is so delicious and satisfying. I mostly cook in double or triple batches so I can freeze portions for those crazy nights when there is no time to cook a meal. Tonight we are making homemade turkey chili with lots of beans and veggies and it’s super spicy hot. We will eat it for dinner tonight, lunch tomorrow and freeze leftovers for dinner another time. What great dish do you cook up in big batches and freeze for later?

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Whole Grains or Gluten-Free

Whole grains have gotten some negative press and there has been a big push towards gluten-free. While I agree that those who suffer from celiac disease should definitely stay away from gluten, whole grains provide excellent vitamins and minerals and are slowly digested. Give me a couple of slices of Ezekiel’s sprouted grain bread with a bowl of homemade minestrone soup and I’m a happy woman. What do you think about whole grains? Do you stay away from them?

Pantry Purge Your Way Healthy Eating

While you’re running errands and doing chores this weekend, add a pantry purge to your list. Get rid of all the junk food that triggers your overeating. Replace the foods with healthy choices that are either not processed or minimally processed, such as whole grain crackers, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, beans, salsa and popcorn kernels for air popping. Do the same for your fridge and freezer. Your physical environment is key to your success in eating healthier. What satisfying, good-tasting snacks could you add to your fridge/freezer?

Do You Love Your Food?

Did you ever eat food that you didn’t really love? Maybe you thought you’d like it, but it didn’t taste quite as yummy as you expected, but you ate it anyway. Consciously choose to eat only the foods you really love, when you are physically hungry and stopping before you reach total fullness. If you only love sweets, you obviously need to choose some healthy foods that you like (you can’t dislike them all) but don’t waste calories on foods you don’t really enjoy. My favorite food is my husband’s spicy chili. What is your favorite food?

Healthy Popcorn

Popcorn is a healthy, whole grain… as long as it’s made correctly. Microwave popcorn bags may have toxic PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) in the lining that may be absorbed into the food. The EPA has stated that it is likely carcinogenic. Either use an air-popper or cook it the old-fashioned way- in a pot on top of the stove. Sprinkle on a little grated parmesan cheese for a healthy, tasty snack. What seasonings do you add?

Whole Foods Up Energy

This generation of American children may have a shorter life-span than their parents partly due to the increase in technology, labor-saving devices and cheaper production of processed foods. Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of The South Beach Wake-Up Call, states that the obesity epidemic from the changes in our lifestyle over the past few decades has turned us into a fast-food, sedentary culture. He states we use 50% more energy digesting whole foods vs. processed. Which do you choose to eat?

French Fries or Baked Sweet Potato

Here’s “food for thought” the next time you order fries or rip open a bag of chips. In a large-scale study spanning 11 years, scientists at the University of Leeds, UK found that acrylamide, an organic compound formed on high-carb foods cooked at temps above 120 degrees Celsius, may increase the risk of breast cancer 20% in premenopausal women. Baked sweet potato anyone?