More Real Healthy Food is a continuation of the recent article on Easy to Make Real Healthy Food Here are some of my personal healthy favourite foods. It really is not complicated to put together a quick lunch or dinner to please anyone!
A few of my Favourite Healthy Foods
- Soups are a big favourite all year but especially in winter mostly with a vegetable or chicken stock base with lots of vegetables. Examples are Minestrone or Chicken Vegetable soups – thick and chunky
- Eggs are a super easy and very healthy food to make up for your family, as an omelette, frittata, hot or cold, hardboiled, or in a wrap. A long time family favourite is devilled eggs
- Seafood & fish such as salmon & sardines are a large part of my diet. Whole fish can be seasoned, oiled and baked in foil in the oven. Leftovers are always a great time saver
- A serving of Chicken or turkey breast (4 oz) usually with cooked veggies and salad or simply a salad with olives, feta cheese, etc
- Salads: such as cabbage slaw which I eat almost every day. Greens especially spinach and kale (which I grow most of the year)
- Cheeses such as crumbled feta (on salads), parmesan (in egg dishes), ricotta and swiss cheese, butter
and more healthy foods …
- Vegetables – all you can eat! Well almost! Vegetables such as : broccoli, beans, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, kale, spinach, greens, mushrooms, onions, peas, squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, corn, pumpkin. Lots of choices.
- Fruit such as: apple, avocado, berries (mostly blackberry, local blueberry & homegrown strawberry & raspberry) rhubarb, (I know it’s a vegetable)
- Tomatoes! I grow tomatoes in our home garden every year. I can (preserve) & freeze tomatoes to eat all year. They are chemical free and absolutely delicious
- Nuts & Seeds – eat a handful of raw almonds daily and include ground flax & chia seeds in salads, desserts
- Yoghurt – Greek & plain yoghurt with no added sugars. Add cinnamon spice and fruit, nuts & chia seeds for a delectable dessert
- Drinks: Apple Cider vinegar, Coffee, water, soda (no sugar), teas ie. black, green, turmeric, lemon ginger tea
- Other: Mustard, Olives, Olive oil, pickles, spices & herbs and garlic galore and 100% cocoa with zero sugar, peanut butter with flax
Health Reasons to Change:
There are many health reasons to switch to a low carbohydrate Mediterranean type lifestyle:
- What About Sugar There is a long list of references at the end of this article with separate articles on research and explanations on the connection between Sugar and … obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Liver Disease, Cancer and Dental Caries. Please check them out
- It’s not just the sugar in our food and drinks but chemicals as well
- Avoid heavily processed “foods” and read the labels. There are at least 8 or 9 added sugars in this “fresh” food
Hoping these notes will help you to be proactive and aware that what you choose to eat can be life altering. A change of diet and lifestyle may be the change you are looking for. Your family’s health is important.
These photos are only to give you a few visual ideas on how easy it is to make your own meals. Explore the hundreds of cook books in your library or search online … and save the favourites! Check out recipe links in Easy to Make Real Healthy Food
In closing as I said in my last article:
I am still learning – please join me!
In good health & happiness in the New Year
Links & References:
- Diabetes is “the processed food disease” Dr. Robert Lustig, MD 30 min Video
- Action on Sugar in UK has a variety of articles on sugar
- An amazing database on chemicals & additives etc used in food from the US FDA
- A New Year & Time for a Change
- Time for a Change – so many choices (2011)
Caramel & Parsley has been in the works since 2008 and online since 2010. Recently I have altered my Lifestyle choices and now include healthy “fats” such as olive oil, butter, whole eggs, seafood, fish, yoghurt and my favourite English chocolate “Absolutely Black” which is 100% cocoa with no sugar. Secondly, we also consume less refined carbohydrates and sugar has been on our “naughty” list for many years.