Food for Living blog – The Eat Real Food this Summer Campaign
Tuesday May 17th
I'm on a bit of a mission at the moment!
Its short and its simple and its going to my theme for the next few months.... Lets all commit to eating real food for the summer. This is the perfect way to start healthy living.
By real food I mean food that has not been processed to such an extent that loads of other ingredients have been added and it ends up in a jar, a container, a packet or ends up wrapped a newspaper!
So this it is:
Buy fresh, raw or dried ingredients with only one or a few ingredients. For example, fresh fruits and vegetables, bags of rice, pasta or quinoa, raw nuts and seeds and dried beans and lentils. Most of your meals and snacks should consist of these.
Ensure there are no added ingredients that you a)can't pronounce or b) have no idea what it means. If you do find some, make sure they are only a small percentage of a meal (5%)
Keep foods with added salt, added sugar or sweetners or added vegetable oils to twice a week. For anyone buying anything out of a pre prepared this will be really hard but see how you go.
To help, here are some suggestions for your healthy eating plan:
- To flavour foods use freshly chopped herbs, mint, basil, parsley, coriander are perfect at this time of year and spices such as pepper, cumin and coriander seeds - grind your own or bought pre ground.
- Make your own dressings rather shop bought with some extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon mustard and salt and pepper.
- Make a nice big salad for lunch - that involves no cooking!! Chose your salad leave and then pimp our salad. Grate carrots and apple or roughly chop tomatoes and peppers, add a tin of mixed beans or a tin of tuna. Make a little extra rice the night before and then sprinkle on top for a full meal.
- Stir fry or steam your food and serve with a sprinkle of grated root ginger or garlic and a dash of olive oil.
- Make your own home made tomato sauce (check out my article on the Cork Independent on Thursday!!)
- Check out my fish and chicken recipes - grilling under a hot grill for 5-10 mins each side is the easiest way in the world..
- Make a big batch of rice, pasta, noodles or quinoa and then place into portion sizes for next 2 days and store in fridge. Portion up before you serve yourself so you are not tempted to back for second and thirds.
- Make your own bread - my seeded soda bread is the simplest in the world and take 10 mins to make (under whole grain recipes)
Check out any of my healthy recipes to the left. Let me know how you are going with your challenge - it starts today!!