The Honest Kitchen
My family is always on the hunt for healthy and easy meals that will please the picky palates in the family. When we first began the switch from an overly processed food diet to one that incorporates more whole foods, it was overwhelming to say the least. If you are looking for some simple ways to incorporate whole foods into your family’s diet, consider trying out some of these recipes. Remember, be honest with what you and your family can handle. Try one new recipe per week or maybe two if you’re feeling ambitious! Try to make it fun and get the whole family involved. Children are often more willing to try something that they have had a hand in creating.
- Try a smoothie for breakfast in the morning. Nutrient-dense greens mixed with fruit and yogurt will help you start your day on the right track. For a dairy free option, replace the yogurt with goat milk yogurt, almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water or plain water.
- Spruce up your water! Fill a pitcher with filtered water and add one or a combination of your favorite fruits and/or herbs. The options are endless!
- Cucumber and mint
- Apple and rosemary
- Lime and raspberry
- Strawberry and melon
- Make a traditional meal new again by making it grain free. One of our favorite alternative pasta brands is Tolerant Foods. They offer Organic Red Lentil or Black Bean pastas with only one ingredient. Prepare a simple meat sauce by sautéing onion, garlic, and zucchini with ground meat, add a large jar of tomato sauce and simmer for 20 minutes. In less than 30 minutes you have a quick and easy meal that will please the whole family. Also try serving the pasta drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper; with a medley of sautéed vegetables; or tossed with grilled meat or fish. A favorite in our house is red lentil pasta mixed with broccoli, bacon, and olive oil.
- Have you worried that you’ll have to miss out on ice cream if you’re making an effort to cut back on processed foods? This recipe for banana ice cream couldn’t be easier, and it only contains one ingredient! Milk is optional and could easily be replaced with another dairy-free milk of choice. Find the recipe at http://www.chopchopmag.org/content/one-ingredient-banana-ice-cream.
Good luck and enjoy the road ahead. Be honest and true to yourself as you navigate your way through your personal journey. May the joy and excitement that the New Year brings continue with you throughout 2015!
-Crystal Holmes, Boundless Well-Being Patient Ally