When you are leading a healthy lifestyle and/or trying to lose weight it doesn't have to mean that you can't enjoy GOOD foods...
It IS possible!
The old me always wanted foods that were full of flavor WITH the added fat. I guess I thought healthy versions would feel like I was missing out?! But those fatty foods left me feeling empty, tired, worthless...I thought they were comforting but that was completely false. It's sad to see so many people associating fattening/fried/high calorie foods with pleasure and feeling good when truthfully if they'd TRY healthier options that were prepared correctly, they'll be shocked at how much better they'd feel post-meal! Wouldn't you agree?
So to get healthy, I stopped that unhealthy relationship with food and traded it out for a relationship with myself! When I feel down instead of cramming fattening foods into my mouth, I go workout or I play outside with my boys!
Today to stay focused we add flavor WITHOUT the fat by using onion, celery, garlic and spices. You'd be surprised how much flavor you can add to a dish by simply adding chopped garlic! Amazing!
And once you see how great you'll feel when you eat healthy and balanced, those fatty full of calories-foods won't haunt you so much. You'll choose healthier options because you know how they make you FEEL, how they help you with your workouts, your energy and MORE!
BE CREATIVE in your kitchen. Don't settle for healthy foods tasting blah! Who wants to eat blah! for the rest of their life? Not me.
I have several websites that help us keep things creative in the kitchen. Yes, I like to create my own healthy recipes but every now and then you'd like someone else to do the work for ya, Ha!
My go to websites for healthy recipes:
- LIVE BETTER AMERICA http://www.livebetteramerica.com/
- EATING WELL http://www.eatingwell.com/
- TASTE OF HOME- searching healthy living/diabetic recipes http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/healthy-eating/diabetic-recipes
- SPECIAL K KITCHEN- http://www.specialk.com/content/spk/usa/en_us/recipes.html?cat=spk%3Aglobal%2Fcategory%2Frecipes%2Fall
As long as you remember that BALANCE is the key to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle, you should find plenty of recipes that keep your tummy quite satisfied!
**And here's just a few recipes to share that I'll be trying out in the future, ENJOY!
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Rubbed Kale with Butternut Squash
Yield: 12-15 servings
1 butternut squash, about 3 lbs. (also great with Red Kuri squash if you can find it, or kabocha squash, neither of which have to be peeled)
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
salt & freshly ground pepper
1 bunch very fresh kale
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oi
1/8 cup coarsely chopped fresh ciilantro
1/8 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
salt to taste
2-3 Tbs. fresh squeezed lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350°F. Top and tail the squash, halve it crosswise, put each piece flat-side down on the cutting board, and peel with a sharp chef’s knife. Remove the seeds with a spoon, and cut the squash into 1-inch cubes. Place in a large bowl, toss with the 2 tablespoons olive oil and season lightly with salt & freshly ground pepper. Spread on a parchment-paper covered sheet pan. Roast 20-25 minutes, until the squash is tender and starting to brown.
While the squash roasts, strip the kale from it’s ribs (easy to do by just running your fingers along the rib on both sides, bottom to top), wash it well, and cut into fine ribbons. Mix with the olive oil in a large bowl, and rub and massage the kale until it softens, about 2 minutes.
Make the sauce by combining the ingredients in the food processor. Pulse to puree to a sauce consistency. Combine with the softened kale.
Toss the hot squash with the sauce and kale, and serve. One of the beauties of this dish is that it is still delicious served warm or cold and still wonderful the next day.
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