Healthy Balanced Eating – A Simple Checklist

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

It’s been rather a long time since my last post, so I thought I’d start again with some advice on how to eat healthily rather than a recipe.

Inspired by rather a good book that I was given to read this summer on healthy eating (Food & Healing by Annemarie Colbin) here’s a quick checklist on how to cook/eat to support your health…

1. WHOLE: As nature proves them, with all their edible parts (grains with their bran and germ, apples with their skin), cooked or raw vegetables and fruits rather than juices or vitamin pills. Whole foods supply all of nature’s nutrients in a team, as well as providing us with the life energy of the food.

2. FRESH, NATURAL, REAL, ORGANICALLY GROWN: Not canned, not frozen, certainly not irradiated or genetically engineered; free of chemical additives, colourings, preservatives. The foods we choose should be the real thing, full of their life energy, not imitations (like margarine or artificial sweeteners), which invariably turn out to have some health-damaging effect. Organically grown foods not only have been shown to be higher in nutrients but also taste far superior to the commercial kind.

3. SEASONAL: To be in harmony with our environment, it is a good idea to choose summery foods in the summer, wintery foods n the winter. Fruits and vegetables in season are cheaper and do not lose nutrients like foods that have been transported long distances (not to mention the lower carbon footprint of less transport). They also taste better.

4. LOCAL: Local produce tastes better, costs less and is more nutritious because it is picked riper.

5. TRADITIONAL: We should pay attention to what our ancestors ate and incorporate those foods into our modern diet whenever possible. If our ancestors ate it then it will be more appropriate for us i.e. oats and barley from the UK, rye and wheat from Europe, millet and rice from Asia etc

6. BALANCED: It is important to make sure there is enough protein, carbohydrates, fat and micronutrients in our diet as a whole. For sensory and aesthetic satisfaction, we also need to include foods with a variety of flavours, colours and textures.

7. DELICIOUS: There is no point in eating ‘healthy’ food if it doesn’t taste good!

Hettie’s Easy Pea Soup

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This has to be the easiest, quickest most delicious, healthy soup recipe ever.  Big thanks to the gorgeous Hettie, for this super simple, soup in a flash recipe.

Shopping List
Peas – fresh or frozen
Bouillon
Fresh Mint Leaves

yup its that simple!

In a saucepan just cover the peas in water, (I like thick soup) you can always add more water later if needed.  Add bouillon, a little to start, you can add more if needed.  Gently heat until just hot, this will ensure that lovely sweet, fresh pea taste.  Turn off the heat, add mint leaves and blend with a hand blender.  Taste, add more mint/water/bouillon/salt if needed.

Easy peasy!

Before i begin….

I would like to dedicate this site to two amazing, beautiful women – Natalia and Guro.  It is through your enthusiasm, encouragement and interest that I have finally been inspired to begin this little cooking blog.  I hope that you enjoy it girls because it really is especially for you.
And also to Eloise, because my darling it was you who awakened this growing interest within me.
And to Charlie, for giving me the opportunity to see that I really can flourish outside of my comfort zone and for all of your help and tirelessly answering all my (probably very boring) questions.

So with a smile, a deep breath and a trust in that whatever happens, it will be perfect…….