Let's be honest we are surrounded with pictures and audio adds for fast food, take-out, and convenience. We buy the line that says it's a time and money saver. We go for it because we are busy running from work to baseball practice, to school and back again!
It's what everyone else is doing so it can't hurt and it must be o.k. right?
What happened to the yesteryear of sitting around the table with family enjoying a home-cooked meal and actually having a conversation. This alone would solve a lot of our health concerns today. More on this in a later blog. For now let's focus on foods that we want to find in our fridge and on our family table.
1. Fish, fish, and more fish.
And I am not talking about shellfish. Sardines, Salmon, Trout, Tuna, and Cod are top of my list. Two to three times a week will do.
2. Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables. Mix it up. The more diverse the color the better. Don't be afraid to experiment and actually put fruit in your salad. Squeeze an orange. Make fruit or vegetable juice. Homemade vegetable soup is a hearty meal in any season.
3. Spice it up with Turmeric, Garlic, Ginger, Thyme, Peppermint, and curry.
4. Nuts (not peanuts). Try almonds, cashews, walnuts, or macadamia to name a few. One 1/4 cup is a serving. This is a good recharge snack.
5. Lean protein meats (easy on the red meat) like chicken and turkey can be added to salads, stews, and soups.
Keep it as simple, clean, and pure as possible.
Food in its natural form is best.
Herbal teas (decaffeinated) are a good complement to any meal and they help to hydrate AND detox the body.
Steam, poach, grill, or bake these favorable foods for a fitting finish on your plate!
I challenge you to have fun as you test, taste, and triumph with your new family eating and cooking traditions...