Quick, Healthy & Tasty
Ecclesiastes 9:7 (NIV) Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
Sometimes it seems as if healthy eating has become a drag. The food options seem as if they are not tasty. The green stuff is not only reminiscent of grass, there just may be some dirt involved.
Really, eating a diet full of healthy food shouldn’t be such pain. There should be and just healthy. It just shouldn’t be that way, it should be good all around. Most of the time, it should be good. It also shouldn’t be hard to get or make. Some of us need to adjust our taste buds. Transforming the diet of fried food and sugar might take a moment, but there should be good food along the way.
In fact, I think there should a ton of quick, healthy & tasty options for you at home and out in the street. The truth of being out is that it is more of a challenge and more costly. To be successful, it requires a little knowledge and a plan.
My plan for this Lenten Challenge is to do the Daniel Fast. At the end of this experience, I think I should also get back into cooking more for myself and making a broader variety of tasty options. Of course, they will be healthy and they will probably also be quick. I’m not necessarily in love with spending hours in the kitchen and I typically start cooking when I start getting hungry. This means, my cooking has to be extra fast. (OK, I’ll work on planning my cooking a little more in advance, but I still don’t want to be in the kitchen all day. I do have other things to do.)
I’ll start to share more of my cooking and eating with you. The first thing I’ll share is not really cooking at all. It’s a smoothie. I make a million different variations of my smoothie. My standard smoothie has blueberries and banana and everything else is variable. I use water more than anything else to bind the thing together. Although I’m an ice cream lover, I never add it to a smoothie and try to call it healthy. In my mind a smoothie with ice cream is a milk shake.
I do add:
other fruit (whatever’s on hand)
milk substitutes (almond milk)
greens (e.g. spinach, collards, or kale)
I also never add a sweetener. I use the fruit to flavor the smoothie. Realize that raspberries are a little tart and adding a ton of them will make a tart smoothie. Ripe mango and pineapple typically add more than enough natural sugar.
Today’s smoothie was pretty basic. The only addition to my blueberry, banana & water was a scoop of vegetable protein. The variable no one really talks about with making a smoothie is the blender. My blender is a little poor compared to my parents’ Veggie Mix. That thing is so powerful, you barely need any liquid to mix up the ingredients. Mine requires a good amount of liquid and sometimes my intervention with a knife or spoon to break up the mass of fruits. The important things is to get something that tasty, quick & healthy.