Why is it important?
I first want to start off by saying that I am not a nutritionist. I always recommend if you are seeking advice on digestive issues, allergies, or serious weight loss consult a qualified nutritionist or dietition. I myself have suffered from digestive issues in the past and have saught out the help of a nutritionist. My goal is to help you live a healthy life with choosing balance over extreme diets and diet trends. It truly is a lifestyle and not a diet. I believe it is important not to deprive yourself completely and from time to time allow yourself to indulge. It's understanding that if you choose to make indulging the majority and not minority your health and waistline will likely reflect that.
I also take the approach that whole food is better than any processed food. Full fat is better than low and fat free options in moderation. This is because full fat is processed less and does not have an increased amount of sugar to make up for loss of fat (flavor). I do my best to purchase fresh produce and stay away from items with preserves.
Having said that it can be more time consuming to cook from scratch and choose healthy over something quick out of a box. That's why I am doing my best to provide you with healthy, yummy, and simple recipes. I hope that you enjoy and find some inspiration to live more balanced!
I have a lot of people ask me about juices or juice cleanses. “Are the healthy?” “Can they help me lose weight?” My general response is NO. Fruit juice even straight from the juicer although tasty is basically pure sugar. When you juice fruit you lose all the fiber and that helps your body process the sugars and helps you stay full longer. I’m not saying never drink juice, it can be a tasty treat from time to time but never believe that drinking it all the time is going to make you a “healthier” person. That’s why I created this tasty “Smuice” It’s basically a watered down smoothie that drinks more like a juice but maintains the fiber a smoothie would have! It’s full of flavor and nutrients. Perfect if you are looking for a little refreshing something after a meal or just mid day.
I'm always looking for new ways to get more veggies into my diet. I like the idea of playing with roasting veggies and complimenting it with a refreshing herb packed dressing. These are veggies I just had on hand but honestly you could use just about anything! Peppers, onions, cabbage, or sweet potatoes are all great options. I used egg plant and cauliflower because they are a hearty veg that fills me up.
This delicious dressing can serve as a dressing or a dip. It's packed full of fresh herbs that give it a crazy amount of flavor. Avocado and Greek Yogurt give you a creamy texture while giving you ample healthy fat. It kind of has a guacamole flavor but keeps longer. Feel free to experiment with different fresh herbs. I am sure that basil would be tasty or even lemon grass?!
I love a good shrimp boil! It tends to be a southern American summer feast. I love to make it when we have guests as it's delicious, easy, and perfect for sharing. Traditional shrimp boils are meant to be thrown across a picnic table over a bunch of newspapers. Everyone just grabs what they want and eats with their hands! This may gross some people out but I personally love it. This is not for the clean freaks. I think a messy meal like ribs, hot wings, or a good shrimp boil makes true friends out of people!
This tasty recipe came with inspiration from visiting Daylesford Farm for a wellness retreat. It included yoga, healthy cooking class, and a spa treatment. It was absolutely AMAZING! The space itself is just gorgeous and I love everything they do there. They are all about organic sustainable farming. They have a shop onsite that features all of their locally grown products as well as cheeses, wines, beer, meat, etc. It’s a real cook’s dream!
Need a healthy snack for on the go? Look no further.. These amazing little fat balls can be made in advance and kept for up to a month!
Breakfasts in the morning can be hectic. Sometimes it's a quick piece of peanut butter toast and it's out the door! However, when I do have a solid 15 minutes to put something together this is my savory, healthy go to.