Clean Eating Magazine has become my little go-to place for ideas on meals. One breakfast, in particular, that I was eager to try was their spinach, tomato, and egg whites, paired with a slice of dry whole-grain toast. In excitement, I ran to my fridge, prepped a skillet for the cooking and shortly thereafter realized I had no tomatoes (whomp, whomp). Oh well! I thought… I’ll just make the meal sans tomatoes. And it was delish! As you can see below, I had my breakfast with one cup black coffee and two cups of water!
I must admit, it can be awfully difficult to find the motivation to cook for one. It’s easy for me to write it off and think, what’s the point in going to all the trouble for just me?? Practice and good health have become my two answers in this inner-monologue! This dish was ridiculously delicious, I was extremely pleased with it’s turn out. And, what’s even more exciting, is that I have leftovers for dinner tonight!
Many people are not familiar with Quinoa, a very healthy grain. I was talking to my roommate about it last night and and her try some, we came to the conclusion that it can be difficult to distinguish from couscous. So, try it! I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s a heart-healthy meal that is very pleasing to the palate.
And then it hit me! It’s because Grandma not only made that great meatloaf with love, but also from scratch. Nothing artificial… no chemicals that you cannot pronounce. In those times of Post-War America, everything was homemade! Granted, life does not always permit taking time to make sure everything is made from scratch and nothing is processed. But organizational skills come in handy and planning meals a week ahead makes this kind of preparation much easier!
It’s amazing that America is not only more consumed with this “dieting mentality”, that “weight-loss breakthrough”, but America is more overweight than ever! Our culture has become all about instant gratification and ‘I want it done now’ and ‘I don’t want to have to work for it.’ Or, I like using sweetening substitutes because there are no calories… You better believe I used to be queen of that mentality! This snack has 100 calories in it vs. a handfull of almonds which has, what seems, a million more calories- to me it was a no brainer. Sacrifice the health benefit of food so that I can eat what has less calories to slim down! WRONG. Why is it now that all of these newfound diseases and health problems are arising? Just at the time when America has totally changed its way of eating?
We are at a fork in the road here, people!!!! Let’s change the way America eats! Many people call this style of eating “Clean Eating.” It is a term coined correctly; you are in fact eating clean food sans chemicals and fortified vitamins. This new posh and fashionable take on eating is no different than the way people used to eat. Regardless of what one may call this style of eating, it is easy to agree that perhaps now, more than ever, becoming healthy is important. Clean eating isn’t a diet in the sense that we may perceive the word ‘diet’ today. It is a lifestyle change- giving up all of the processed foods for healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats (oh and drinking lots of water is a must!).