Easy Ways to Eat Healthier

SIMPLE NOURISHING FOOD

Closeup of juicy orange slice.

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We have so many responsibilities as wives and moms. I’ve always felt like one of them is to feed ourselves and our families well, but it can be SO overwhelming to think about. There is so much information out there sending us a million directions when it comes to health. The truth is that simpler is better. Simple doesn’t make anyone money, but it sure helps us make better food choices. It also helps keep our meal planning easier.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while making your food choices:

*Be big on veggies. Try to serve vegetables at both lunch and dinner.  Here are some little tips to help get more veggies down.

*Eat  fruit with your breakfast or part of an afternoon snack

*Avoid bad fats: Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, soybean oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola oils.

*Good fats are part of good health.  Full of nutrients that help our whole body function better. Choices for top healthy cooking oils that I use:

1.) Virgin Coconut Oil (very stable at med-high temps and healthy fats)-You can read about the many health benefits of coconut oil here.

2.) Extra Virgin Olive Oil (only for low temp cooking)-works well for making home made dressings. Here are some easy salad dressing recipes-Poppy Seed Dressing and Balsamic Salad Dressing.

3.) Real Butter (grass fed butter is  healthier and contains important nutrients like vitamin K2, omega-3’s, and CLA. Kerrygold is a popular brand of Irish butter that’s grass-fed and readily available in most grocery stores, if you want this)  I usually buy regular butter at the grocery store and  blend  it with coconut oil  50/50. But yes, it’s true…butter is NOT the enemy!  I’m doin’ the happy dance!!!

*Include a small amount of good fats at each meal

*Don’t go crazy with a lot of bread.  When you do have it,  try to stick with whole wheat or whole grain (those who are gluten intolerant should replace with brown rice products, etc instead of white rice)- Here’s a simple whole wheat bread recipe I have used for many years.

*Choose brown rice over white (Costco has a great organic rice)

*Avoid refined white flour, sugar, soda, sugar substitutes, additives, preservatives, msg (often disguised under the names “torula yeast”,  “carrageenan”, “soy lecithin”, etc) Msg has very detrimental effects on our bodies.

*Use sucanutor raw honey (not for babies under one year old)  or maple syrup in moderation for sweeteners Raw, local honey is best and should be easily found nearby.  Sucanut can usually be found at a local health food store, Trader Joes or online.

*Become a label reader.  It takes a little more time, but it’s a great way to make better choices.  Ingredients should be simple and you should be able to pronounce them!  If you don’t know what they are, use your phone to look them up!  Also, ingredients are listed in descending order of quantity.  In other words, the first ingredient is what it is mostly made of, the second one listed is the second most, etc.

*If you only buy healthy food, you’ll eat healthier food.   Just not buying more junk food will eventually eliminate the junk food from your house.

****The best way to know for sure what you are eating is to make simple meals from scratch. Then you KNOW what is in your food. The meals can be simple and uncomplicated.  A healthy dinner plate should have a cooked veggie, a raw veggie, a small serving of meat and a carb (brown rice, whole wheat bread, potatoes, etc).  Lentils and beans served with veggies can make a pretty hearty meal as well.  Here are some meal ideas.  I will keep adding more over time:

*Breakfast Ideas

*Lunch Ideas

*Dinner Ideas

*No one is going to eat this way 100% of the time. The important thing is that eating healthy is the rule, not the exception and not eating healthy is the exception and not the rule.

One of my FAVORITE recipe books is called “Whole Foods For the Whole Family”.  It’s full of basic things to make from scratch.  The recipes are not complicated and there is lots of variety to choose from.

Included on this blog are some recipes that are simple and healthy.  You can check them out here!  I will continue to add more over time so keep checking back!