Although it is technically still winter time the weather has been beautiful! The heavier food we tend to eat over the winter hasn’t been fulfilling hunger. As I was walking around the market this week deciding what foods we would have this week I decided to jump in and buy some yummy foods that typically we’d eat later in the year. The avocados looked great and were very firm and on sale for 44 cents each, bought 2. The cucumbers were firm, huge and on sale, bought 1. I picked up spinach, dieken, and red peppers. A staple at our house is jalepeno bread. This week we will be eating lighter yet still hardy.
For lunch I placed shredded a little cheese onto the bread and popped it into the oven just long enough to heat up the bread and not quite melt the cheese. While it was heating up I chopped up an avocado and thinly sliced about 8 slices of cucumber. I took the bread out of the oven and placed on it the cucumber and avocado. Piled high with flavor and the bread making it filling these little sandwiches were a hit with my husband. The cucumber and avocado meshed together well and then the jalepeno bread added a spice to it all that really sealed the flavors together.
Now I’ll take some chicken out of the freezer and cook it with lots of herbs such as garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes and black pepper. The chicken will be shredded and placed in a bowl in the fridge. I’ll boil some quinoa and place it in the fridge for the week also. Throughout the week I’ll chop of the veggies and add chicken and quinoa and toast some jalepeno bread with butter and garlic and we’ll eat light yet fulfilling as we transition into the spring weather. I’ll do a variation some days and build sandwiches with the chicken and veggies.
For some this may seem like too light of food. Meal sizes have continued to grow in size and that isn’t really necessary. If you put real food in your body then your body doesn’t need as much food. It actually isn’t expensive to eat healthy because one you cut out the processed foods and what I like to call fake food because it is mainly just a chemical mix your body requires less food. One you start cutting out sugars and junk you will no longer enjoy eating it.
My suggestion is always try eating different for a month but also start out slow. Your body will detox the first couple weeks you change and then you need a couple weeks to see how you like the newly introduced foods. Pick a couple things and replace them each month and over time you’ll realize you no longer crave or like those processed foods and junk foods you were buying. Once this happens you will find you are eating less and eating more natrually, the way we are meant to eat. My husband is a good example. He use to eat cookies like they were a staple for every meal, I called him the cookie monster. I now make only from scratch cookies and I not only use less sugar than the recipe calls for I also substitute some with honey. If the recipe calls for a cup of sugar I’d do 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 honey. Now that he has been eating these he no longer likes store bought cookies. He says they taste horrible and all he taste is sugar and weirdness! He actually ate lots of store bought cookies and desserts the last time we visited family and after that weekend he wasn’t feeling well (belly ache) and ended up puking. I contribute that to all the fake cookies and sugar he ate that weekend. I did not eat them and other than that we ate the same things. So that reminds us that our bodies are meant to eat healthier than we do.
Nature is there to care of us as we should care of it.