Sunday, November 8, 2015

What we should be eating everyday

I'm trying out a new way of eating healthy. Instead of focussing on what not to eat I'm trying to focus on what I should be eating everyday.

Here are some snacking options that you can go to whenever you are thinking of reaching out for that cookie or ice cream, and instead pick something from the list that you have not eaten all day.

The whole fruit, not fruit juice. Fruit juice contains too much sugar while fruit skin contains valuable nutrients and insoluble fibre.

Yogurt with active bacterial cultures
Make sure to steer clear of sugary flavored yogurt. My favorite is plain non-fat greek yogurt with a dash of honey and sliced almonds.

More of peanuts and almonds. Some cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts. I combine this with a little bit of cheese to make a filling snack.

Chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans and many others.

This works as a snack only if you have canned or cooked beans handy. Some of my favorites are Black Bean Salad and Chickpea Salad.
Hummus is a great thing to have in the fridge and makes for a great beany snack with crackers.
With some planning, beans can be incorporated into meals easily.

My favorite is boiled egg with salt and pepper.

Steel-cut are the best, though take longer to cook than rolled oats. But hey, any of them is better than an oatmeal cookie :)

While putting this into practice, the challenge is that the cookie is readily available whereas beans or oatmeal or eggs are not.
The way around that is to find simple and quick yet tasty ways of preparing them and eating them ceremoniously. This last bit is very important.
If you are eating an apple, cut it and put it on a plate, add a dash of seasoning (yes I do that) and then eat it. If you are going for a boiled egg, cut it into cross-sectional pieces, sprinkle salt and pepper and eat it out of a plate with a fork. Eating even a simple thing ceremoniously satisfies our indulgent side.

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