s a culinary health resource, my clear-cut objective is to help you eat better....yes, YOU! Through my clean eating recipes, tips, study/research, experiences, apparel, seasoning, etc., I am certain you will find something that will inspire you to get started and keep going on your journey to a healthful eating!
Now, about the vision. This New Year has presented itself with an anticipation that is igniting many of us to literally live our best live! I mean seriously, how can you not get a bit geeked about the year, 20-FREAKIN'-20!! It's in the year, this IS the year! The year of perfect and complete vision. We have been blessed with the gift and permission to get it right this time!
As if a covering has been placed over us to see intently and guide us in:
starting/planning that new business
setting and staying diligent to a healthy routine
improving our outlook on life
clearing negativity making room for positivity
barring bitterness from the heart
Hmmmm, not sure what it is, but I just could not remove the all-caps from that last bullet point(lol!). But do not fear, I'm not here to dictate, scold, or slap you on the hand for past mis-eatings! AC Art Of Food meets the individual where they are. There are NO judgements, silos, or labels here to box you in.
The obvious common core of healthful eating is being sure to incorporate fruits and veggies each time you eat. Now, how these fruits and veggies are prepared and what accompanies them is where things start getting a bit foggy, lol! No fear, AC here to help you battle just that.
So here's a few basic tips:
Be sure majority(if not all) fruit/veggies are mostly raw and/or lightly cooked.
Now, this doesn't mean you can't have Big Momma's slow cooked greens on Sunday, however, try dicing some fresh onion and peppers and topping your serving of greens with it! Super fresh and delicious taking nothing away from those tender greens! Yeah, chow-chow!! This is just the non-pickled version.
Spinach is not just for salads, lunch, or dinner- it makes breakfast vibrant as well!
Grab a handful and top it with fresh scrambled or fried eggs (top with diced avocado and a sprinkle of sea salt for added benefits and good fats!)
Omelettes LOVE fresh spinach and veggies. Work the spinach in the eggs for the outside, and dice fresh veggies with a squeeze of lemon and Abstract Spice for the inside.
Tacos for lunch? Watch your leaves!
Most of the time when adding 'green' to your tacos it's usually of the iceberg stem. Switch it up a bit and swap it out for spinach, romaine, chopped collards or kale. Not only are you adding vitamins and nutrients, but you're also kicking up the flavor profile immensely!
Fruit in salad is not just for the cocktail!
When you think of a fruit salad, that tiny plastic bowl of uniform chopped fruit in juice, also known as the good ol' fruit cocktail, tends to come to mind. Instead, take fresh thinly sliced apples, pears, grapes, chop up some strawberries, or whole blueberries and add one of these or all to a basic fresh and crisp savory salad for a cool/crunchy and sweet/savory flavor profile that jazzes up any ordinary salad by far.
Just desserts, hidden that is!
Spinach is so versatile and adds a neutral to subtle 'sweet' component when partnered with not-so subtle sweets such as fruit or even peanut butter!
Add a few handfuls of fresh spinach to 2 cups almond milk, 2 tbsps natural peanut butter, 1 tbsp natural sweetener(honey/agave), 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 cup ice, and blend until smooth for a SUPER delicious chocolate peanut butter dairy-free shake! The ONLY giveaway that spinach hides inside is because your glass will be green!
So get this year started by not contemplating so much of what to leave behind, but more so of what you can incorporate to kick-start your healthful eating journey with perfect vision!
Allow yourself grace on this journey, Rome wasn't built in a day!
Listen to your body and understand certain things work for certain people, and you my dear, are a masterpiece of couture- only custom for you!
Embrace your imperfections and love you like no one else can. Your body will thank you and be healthier for it!
Great Eats & Healthy Living!