Category Archives: Food

Healthy Sugar Substitutes

Do you crave sugar as much as I do? You need to check out Little Blonde Meathead’s blog!

http://littleblondemeathead.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/healthy-sugar-substitutes

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Fresh and Easy Summertime Meal

I love summertime because I can get all kinds of wonderful goodies that are normally hard to find and/or very expensive. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I am not a huge fan of cooking and anything I make has to be simple (not a lot of ingredients and easy to cook), fast and delicious but also HEALTHY!

Perhaps my favorite summertime treat aside from all the wonderful fruits (cherries, peaches, pluots, oh my!) is squash blossoms. Squash blossoms are so easy to prepare. It’s a bit gross but make sure you look inside them for dead bees. They really love squash blossoms! Then you can simply saute them in a pan with oil and some garlic and voila, in just a few minutes you have a delightful, buttery-tasting vegetable side dish.

Today I cooked up some fresh squash blossoms I bought over the weekend at the farmer’s market. I also bought some portabella mushrooms, so I decided to cut off the stems and fill the caps with fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs and vegan mozzarella.

In about 10 minutes I had a very fresh, tasty and healthy lunch!

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Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has long been a staple in my diet. I like anything that doesn’t require cooking! But seriously, it’s a great snack. I know a lot of people shy away from dairy for various reasons, but I have never had issues with dairy so I enjoy it in moderation (and usually don’t eat anything other than Greek yogurt, fancy cheeses and sometimes raw milk).

I stick to 0% plain Greek yogurt. There is wayyyy too much sugar in the flavored ones. Also, you might notice that different brands have different consistencies. I used to eat Chobani (more watery) and Fage (thicker) regularly. But now I only eat Oikos (Stonyfield) because they use milk from humanely treated cows. Of course, the flavor takes some getting used to if you are used to traditional yogurt. It actually reminds me of sour cream, which is great because I love sour cream and I actually use Greek yogurt to replace it in my Mexican dishes. But I also eat it as a sweet snack (weird I know). My rule is, if you don’t like the flavor of something, the best way to mask the flavor is to add other flavors you do like. Some people add honey, agave, Stevia, vanilla extract, etc. Every now and then I use cinnamon. But I really prefer to use fruit as my sweetener. I LOVE fruit!

I usually just chop up an apple (or sometimes strawberries) and toss it in my yogurt with a handful of walnuts.  This has been my go-to snack for years. It is super high in protein and you get some carbs and healthy fats as well. It’s the perfect snack or mini-meal. I try not to eat much meat so this is a great way for me to get extra protein and also take care of my sweet tooth.

Today I was out of apples but I had some cherries fresh from the farmer’s market. I chopped them up and put them in my yogurt along with a handful of plain, unsalted almonds. OMG! So good!!! This combination is definitely my new favorite! I can’t wait to go back to the farmer’s market this weekend to get more cherries!

Homemade Iced Green Tea

Today it was 89 degrees where I live in northern California. HOT!! I love ice cold beverages like lemonade but I’m trying to incorporate more tea into my diet. I don’t really like iced teas usually but I love my green teas! I buy a really expensive pearl jasmine tea and also a tropical green tea. I could drink them all day but I don’t really like any other teas. Unfortunately, at coffee shops they usually have iced black tea or some super sugary tea that I don’t want. Why don’t they have iced green tea?!

Today it was just too hot to drink hot tea so I decided to make my own iced tea at home with MY favorite tea. I used 1/2 the amount of water I normally do, brewed my green tea as usual and then poured it over a full glass of ice.

So refreshing!!

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Sushi Salad

I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to eat more vegetables, especially leafy greens, because they’re so healthy. But I get sick of eating the same old boring salads. So I decided to just start tossing foods I really like into a bowl of greens!

I have been craving sushi but it can be pretty unhealthy with all the white rice, fried stuff and soy sauce. So yesterday I bought some sashimi-grade salmon from Whole Foods and had a great idea…..sushi salad!!

I sliced up the salmon and a head of little gems romaine and put it into a bowl. Then I used some traditional sushi roll vegetables to make it taste more like real sushi. I cut up an avocado, grated some carrots and chopped a cucumber and tossed it all in the bowl. Instead of using salad dressing, I used a small amount of low sodium soy sauce as my dressing.

GENIUS! It met all my criteria for a good recipe –  fast, healthy and only a few ingredients.  I got my sushi fix and my extra veggies all in one!