Wow, what a week… They are all out and safe …Just in case you have been cocooned somewhere away from the maddening crowd and don’t know what I am talking about… The Thai boys and their teacher who were trapped in a cave near where I live…It must have been so scary for them not knowing if help was coming…But it did …Do you know what pleased me the most ???
It was how the whole world united and that made me so happy…Sad for the brave Ex-Navy Seal who lost his life such a brave man…R.I.P … You will always be remembered for your bravery…
I have shed a few tears these last few weeks…AND
The healthy eating? … That went out the window…She who doesn’t eat crisps..DID…She who doesn’t really snack…DID!
I was fixated on the news but with consequences…
I now feel really out of sorts…Tired, sluggish, really tired…No Energy… Zilch!
What am I doing about it?? Well, Sally’s post this week was very timely ( For Moi) I am going to detox and get back on track…
What am I not going to do???
Beat myself up?… Nope…I can’t change the last few weeks…But…I can change over the next few weeks…
Don’t wish me luck…Because I AM GOING TO DO IT!
It’s the little changes we can make, isn’t it?
Who do you cheat??? Yourself!
There is so much written about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat, how much sugar or salt foods contain, how much of this, how much of that…I can’t blame anyone for feeling like ..What do we eat then?
How did you get on after reading last weeks post?? Did you start any herbs or plants? Did you find any communal gardens I always love to hear how you are getting on in comments and not just the good … We all have days or weeks we rather forget…
Below are just a few small ways you can start to make changes it covers a few of the main food groups things most of us eat or cook with on a regular basis and often there are so many choices for alternatives that we at loss as to what we can replace our regular food with. I hope this makes it a little easier for you.
I am also not going to bombard you with statistics and ingredients we can all look at a bottle or a can to see what is in it…If we don’t know ..google it… ask…question…we should all know what we are eating and feeding our families…It is then our choice as to whether we change or continue.
Expensive I hear you say ….no it is not… Most of what we eat is taught to us…we teach our children, our parents taught us…some folks when they grow older make their own choices…That’s fine…but make an informed choice and try an alternative you may like it.
Water is healthy. Coffee and tea are healthy it is maybe what you put in it which is NOT.
Soda water with ice and lime or lemon is a nice refreshing drink. Freeze some fruit orange slices or pomelo fruit, and pop it in the glass with the soda water..very nice and refreshing.
Some nice green tea now I know how to brew it correctly…No more bitter green tea for me … I also love the way it is drunk and am on the hunt for a nice green tea set like the one pictured it just makes you feel special …I think so anyway and makes it pleasurable.
Coconut juice and yes I am lucky I have a tree and can go buy it fresh but you must have something where you live which is in season, fresh and you can juice or make into a smoothie.
So ditch the soda and think about what you can drink, think about what you like to drink…That is healthier than those sugar-laden sodas.
Pizza…One of the unhealthiest foods on the planet…
Does that mean you can never eat Pizza again…No!
Make homemade pizza instead ..Let the kids help… Make your own pizza sauce by pureeing cooked, peeled tomatoes with oregano and fresh garlic Use low-fat mozzarella cheese so that your child gets plenty of calcium from his slice without all of the saturated fat. Skip the pepperoni and high-fat meats and add some chicken or prawns and add their favourite vegetables. If they like olives even better add black olives for some heart-healthy unsaturated fat. One of my grandsons absolutely loved olives from the age of about one and a half, instead of sweets I used to buy him olives…
Make your own base…I have made a cauliflower base and it is lovely, Portobello mushrooms, a sweet potato base..there are so many options for bases some for another post…..It is all about experimenting and playing with flavours, food should be fun and especially Pizza because it really is a fun food ..isn’t it???
Cauliflower Pizza Base…
- 1 medium head cauliflower.
- 1 egg, large.
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning (dried oregano or basil)
- 1/8 tsp salt.
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.
- 1/2 cup Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded.
- Cooking spray, I make my own spray I don’t do bought oil in spray cans…I have a little stainless steel one for oil.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F/190 C and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
Rinse cauliflower, remove the outer leaves, separate into florets and chop into smaller pieces. Process in a food processor in 2 batches, until “rice” texture forms.
Transfer cauliflower rice on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 mins this just removes some of the moisture.
Remove cooked cauliflower rice from the oven, transfer to a bowl lined with a double/triple layered cheesecloth or linen towel, and let cool for 5 minutes.
Then squeeze the liquid out of the ball as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out.
Increase oven temperature to 4 degrees F/200 C. Then in a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg with dried herbs, salt and pepper for 10 seconds. Add cheese and squeezed cauliflower mix very well with a spatula until combined.
Line the same baking sheet with new parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer cauliflower dough to the middle and flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms.
Bake for 20 minutes, carefully flip with a spatula and bake for a few more minutes. Top with your favourite toppings and bake again until cheese on top turns golden brown.
Slice and enjoy!
Let the kids help you can never second guess a child and what they will like. Encourage them to help prepare their food…They are more likely to eat what they help prepare.
Start them young here is Little Lily… although she is not so little now she still loves to cook and always eats what she cooks…You also have happy kids …
N.B. Just a little note it took me a couple of trial runs before I got the base the right thickness I don’t like thick crust but made it too thin at first…
If you love white bread, opt for a brand that is made with UNbleached white flour. Or try the bread with 100% whole grain unbleached wheat flour–
Or treat yourself to some of the lovely artisan loaves of bread available or make your own..with rapid, instant yeast it is now much easier and there are also so many recipes for sourdough starters…
Also, there is nothing more satisfying than making bread…It is great when your mood is less than happy a bit of kneading that dough works wonders…lol
If you are on a particular diet for health reasons or a food intolerance it can be a minefield I hope this helps
Gluten-free junk food…
Is high in sugar, unhealthy oils, and refined grains. I think that it is abhorrent that manufacturers make foods which they know that many people with a gluten intolerance buy and that is actually very unhealthy. Some people choose to take the label “gluten-free” to mean the same things as “healthy,” which is not accurate.
Naturally, gluten-free foods include beans, pulses, milk, yoghurt, cheese, fish, shellfish, fruit, meat, poultry, nuts, seeds, butter, and oil.
I hope this has been of help when you are deciding which is healthier to eat and it doesn’t mean expensive foods it generally means fresh either home-grown or bought from local markets, food in season or food you have made in your own kitchen.
If you are out and about or at work take your own in a little-insulated bag to keep it fresh and find a nice park bench or a little seat somewhere to eat and watch the world go by.
Until next week I am off to start my detox…
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Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx