Good food is one of life’s great joys, but everywhere you turn its “healthy this… and healthy that…” When I hear “eat healthy” my taste buds are sending signals to my brain and it translates to bland and boring, so my immediate response is — I’ll take a pass …my heart is healthy”.
After all, Christmas dinner would not be the same without my favorites, which means real butter; the salted kind and lots of seasoning salts– the big taboo ingredients; otherwise known as clog up your veins cholesterol and sky-rocket your blood pressure sodium.
I know eating right doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on many wonderful foods, but knowing and doing are two different things.
Recently I attended a healthy food cook off where I had an opportunity to taste several dishes that were prepared in a “heart healthy” way and I will admit, I could not tell the difference! After reviewing the recipe ingredients, I could see that the dishes were prepared in the usual ways and the healthier substitutions for those taboo ingredients didn’t alter the taste of the dishes; no horrible after taste or a desire to grab a bottle of sauce to supplement.
The basic staples of many traditional holiday favorites includes lots of healthy vegetables and by making a few simple changes I now know I can still enjoy the flavors of healthy cooking. We all have the power to make choices to improve our health and if you are having dinner at my house for the holidays; expect some changes… but you won’t be able to tell the difference…hopefully??
I am not an expert on health, healthy eating or living, but I would like to share a few sites I found to be helpful. Let us know if I can recommend more:
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