Being able to cook or quickly prepare meals and snacks at home is important in building a long-term healthy lifestyle. Otherwise, you will be consuming processed foods or eating out for all your meals. You might think, "How will I make room for cooking with my schedule"? Or "I have enough money to spend on going out, it’s not that big of a deal."
I love flavorful food, and sauces take any meal to the next level. I get a lot of inspiration from sauces when I go out to eat. For example, I was recently at a Mexican Cantina enjoying a piece of grilled Mahi Mahi over a bed of Spanish rice on a yellow tomato puree. There was citrus salsa and micro greens on top of the fish. Fancy! Can you picture this?!
There are plenty of reasons to eat healthy, even if you're on a budget. Eating healthy can help you maintain a healthy weight, feel more energetic, and avoid diseases. Eating healthy on a budget may seem impossible sometimes but it is totally possible and does not have to be hard.
Improper storage of fruits and vegetables is not only frustrating, but it is one of the top 3 reasons for the crazy amount of food waste in the US. Learning how to properly store your produce is a game changer because it can actually double the life of your fresh fruits and veggies.
There are probably 3 things you crave from your food… Time (to make good food) Variety Knowledge (of what tastes good) Maybe you’ve never thought about it this way, but typically the biggest hurdle keeping you from consistently eating healthy are these three things. Maybe you’re a busy mom like me or maybe cooking intimidates you and you don’t have the desire to learn how to really cook. When I’m creating a new menu for fit-flavors I’m always thinking about these 3 things (and a million others). I want to break them down a bit for you and give you that "behind...
I love the depth of flavors and textures this salad offers. When creating a dish, the more depth you add the better the experience will be. This dish offers just that. Butternut squash makes us think fall and winter, and tossing it with cinnamon brings a very warm feeling.
With the kids going back to school and everyone returning to work in person, packing a lunch everyday is now becoming a regular part of the routine. Packing your own lunch is not only more budget friendly, but it can also be healthier than grabbing food from the cafeteria or local fast food restaurant when lunch time rolls around.
Trail mix lovers, this one's for you! Even if you’re not a huge fan of trail mix, the good thing about this snack is that you can add your own spin and customize it to your liking. Whether you need a pick me up while hiking or just need an afternoon snack in between meals, trail mix can be a convenient nutrient dense snack.
As a healthy chef, I love to grill but you won’t find me cooking hotdogs or heavy meats. I grill to bring flavor and dimension to my meals, all while creating an experience for my guests. We typically think of Memorial Day, Labor Day or the 4th of July as an opportunity to have a BBQ. So, I’m going to show you how you can make an amazing meal and not worry about throwing your healthy habits down the drain with heavy meats, processed carbs, or fattening potato salad.
A healthy sauce is one with ingredients your body can easily digest, as well as ones that are not high in sugars, saturated fats and salt. These things do not help when it comes to weight loss/management. Almost everything is fine in moderation, but if you want to enjoy delicious food more often, healthier sauces are going to be key.
A food, usually a vegetable, is scalded in boiling water, removed after a brief, timed interval, and finally shocked--plunged into iced water or placed under cold running water to halt the cooking process. When you shock, it stops the cooking immediately, cools the veg down and keeps bright green color. If you don't shock, your veggies will continue to cook and will be more likely to be mushy when you reheat them and/or turn that army green color.