YUMMY AGING Is all about living our best life with passion and purpose. That means staying fit and healthy. We’re all on the hunt for healthier ways to eat. It seems every conversation these days veers into the food and healthy eating area. Someone is always trying ‘something’ new.
Have you tried kefir? A friend ‘grows’ her own kefir culture and swears by the benefits to the digestive system. Right now she’s holidaying and has 2 dedicated ‘kefir-keepers’ who have committed to keeping this culture fed and bubbling in the dark, cool recesses of their pantries. This is big stuff akin to taking care of a member of the family.
Have you tried substituting fresh, raw zucchini noodles for traditional wheat? See above. They are surprisingly YUMMY. I make mine with a spiralizer. A potato peeler to make fettuccini or a julienne peeler for spaghetti works just as well.
Have your read *The China Study? First published in 2006 it’s still looked upon as the most comprehensive nutrition study even conducted. The author Dr. T. Colin Campbell is solid proponent of plant based eating. Another friend, a dedicated carnivore, went completely vegan a year ago after reading this ground breaker. The debilitating allergies that she’d struggled with for years—vanished.
Have you removed any of the following from your diet – wheat, sugar, dairy, carbs? Have you added fiber, vegetables, greens powder or juices? How do you feel? Friends who’ve experimented with these changes always enthusiastically say they feel ‘better’, less bloated, more energetic, clearer headed etc…
Not ready to make a big change? Below are a few healthy ingredient swaps that are quick and easy and bump up the nutritional value of your food. Some you probably already know about. Others might be new.
HEALTHY INGREDIENT SWAPS
SWAP (soaked) dates for sugar
SWAP nut flour (hazelnut meal, almond meal, coconut) for ½ of the all purpose flour called for in a recipe
SWAP flax meal for eggs (1/3 cup flax seeds and 1 cup water) blend flax seeds in food processor or blender until an even meal add water until milkshake consistency. Makes equivalent of 6 eggs. Store for 3-6 days in fridge
SWAP avocado for mayo
SWAP apple sauce for ½ oil called for in a recipe
SWAP frozen bananas for ice cream
SWAP non fat greek yogurt for sour cream
SWAP coconut oil for milk
I’ve tried most of these. The result? Way healthier meals and baked goods that don’t compromise flavor or texture. To find exact rations and measurements for the swaps do a quick google search to find instructions.
HOLD THE PRESSES!
Yummy (plant-based) Eats high in protein – Just as I was about to press Publish this popped up. While it’s not a healthy substitution it does fall into the Yummy Eats category. As many people integrate more plant based foods into their diets they worry about getting enough protein. Here is a great list of 37 protein rich foods including grams
Bon Appetit. Yummy Eating!