Back on the Veggies

Yesterday, I got beef chow mein take-out. I realized I’m attracted to fast food when I want my life to be easy. Having someone else do the cooking (like my mother did) makes me feel cared for and loved.

The food, however, is usually a disappointment.

I felt awfully bloated afterward. During the night, I felt congested. I decided that’s it. There was a reason why I didn’t eat wheat for six months. After just a few days of splurging on a few wheat-containing items, I decided it wasn’t worth it. I went back on the veggies. Today’s grocery bag included a bag of salad, a bag of organic broccoli and cauliflower florets, and 2 bottles of spring water.

Lunch was two organic eggs fried (at a low heat) in organic extra virgin olive oil (cold-pressed).

I’m starting to get back on track.

Evidence of a Sordid Past

This is what I used to eat, till I learned that most of this is not real food
(or it’s genetically modified).

Photo credit: Annie Zalezsak

I started eating better in January 2013. These things were still in my cupboards until today. I kept them because I thought maybe someone visiting might want them. But how can I now, eating so much better, give this garbage to anyone I care about?

So it’s going in the dumpster. Anything unopened I will give to the food bank because, well, anything edible is better than starving, I suppose. It’s funny how whenever I go to a ‘normal’ supermarket now, there are aisles and aisles of products I no longer consider to be food.

This is what I bought on my grocery shopping trip today. There are still plenty of treats. But they are organic. Real food ingredients.

Photo credit: Annie Zalezsak

I feel a lot better for it!

Easy Guacamole

Photo by Annie Zalezsak

For me to stick to healthy eating, it’s got to be easy and tasty.
If you still haven’t heard, avocados are very healthy for you. So is garlic.
Here’s an easy and yummy way to get both in and feel like you’re having a treat.
(I buy all organic ingredients.)

1 ripe avocado
1 clove garlic
Simply Organic guacamole dip

Cut one avocado into chunks. Slightly mash with a fork. Chop one clove garlic and stir in. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of Simply Organic guacamole dip spices (or to taste). Refrigerate for a half an hour to cool (optional). Enjoy!

I eat it with these yummy organic multigrain chips, veggie chips, and sometimes slices of bell pepper.

Tip: I buy 4 to 6 not-quite-ripe organic avocados when they are on sale and store them in the fridge. I keep one out at room temperature at a time till it’s soft enough to use, then replace with a harder one from the fridge to use within a day or two.

Super Simple Soup

I needed an alternative to boring day-after-day green drinks to get in my daily nutrition from vegetables. I’m not much of a cook. I’m also not a big fan of soup and never formally learned to make them, not even out of a cook book. Due for a grocery shopping trip with only a few ingredients left in the fridge, I gave this a try. It is super healthy (all ingredients are organic) and it is remarkably tasty! I just had to share my recipe.

Super Simple Soup | Photo by Annie Zalezsak

Serves 1

1 handful of Power Greens
(comes in a bag, contains chard, baby kale and baby spinach)
1 handful of Mixed Bean Sprouts
chicken bouillon
(I used 1.5 teaspoons of organic “Better Than Bouillon” in 400 ml water)
a few sprigs of curly parsley
1 clove garlic, chopped

Throw the greens and sprouts into a small pot. In a measuring jug, dissolve the bouillon in kettle-boiled water and pour into the pot. Press down the greens and sprouts with a spoon till they are mostly under the water. Cover pot. Bring to a boil on medium-low heat, add the garlic, stir and lower heat to a simmer till greens are softened.

That’s it! Simple, quick and yummy!