My beautiful cousin requested some recipes for getting a healthier kick to life. There are SO many different great websites and cookbooks for this sort of thing. I’ll give you a bunch of resources and then also some good recipes that I’ve been making lately.
First to mention is definitely Kris Carr. I’ve been slightly obsessed with her story, her book and her recipes lately. I identify a lot with her and she has a fun writing style, so it’s been good to learn from her. Here’s a link to her online recipes.
Taking a step back to educating myself about health, a big game changer for me was watching Forks Over Knives….do yourself a favor and watch it right now. Even just the first half hour. I’ve seen Food Inc, watched Jamie Olver’s Food Revolution, read Fast Food Nation, and still through all of that, I was a pretty ardent meat and cheese eater. This movie either came at the right time or it just did a good job at explaining things. Either way, it seriously shifted how I approach my plate. I hadn’t been that woken up since Michael Pollan who also shifted me into higher thinking with his books (which I need to re-read, it’s been a few years). His mind-numbingly simple and profound slogan on In Defense of Food reads: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Man. Can’t get more simple than that!! Make it the caveat of eating REAL food (not overly processed crapola) and you are there!
But back to recipes….two things that I’ve learned are hugely important in trying to balance my insides are my pH levels and the amount of inflammatory food that I’m eating. Dr. Robert Young wrote the pH Miracle and it makes so much sense. Keep more alkaline foods in your body and disease doesn’t want to hang out there! Also, Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid makes some sense for my body too. Although I’m being much more strict than that in my healing phase (ie no meats, dairy or processed sugar at all).
Luckily, my new favorite person Joy Houston wrote out a ton of really good tasting, fast recipes that incorporate a lot of the concepts from all of these ideas. She has a cookbook too that I’m sure I’ll end up getting at some point.
So there’s some homework for you to start in learning about what will (hopefully) make your body happy! It’s a process, but with some baby steps and some giant steps, I think it’s all doable. :)
Well crap, I am out of time and have to run. Here is one recipe but I will put more up later tonight. Love to all!
I adapted one of Joy’s recipes and made it last night for dinner. It was quite delicious:
½ head romaine lettuce, chopped
¼ cup cooked brown rice
¼ cup cooked quinoa
½ cup black beans seasoned with cumin, pepper and chili powder
¼ cup diced mango
¼ cup diced white onion
¼ cup diced green onion
some cut up cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
½ diced avocado
In a large glass mixing bowl combine oil, lime juice, Tapatío, salt and pepper. Taste dressing and adjust as needed. Toss beans, rice, quinoa, mango, onions, and cilantro in the dressing. Place a handful of lettuce on each plate, top with bean and rice mixture and some diced avocado.
You can adjust the amount of beans, rice or quinoa you are putting in depending how many peeps you are feeding. This amount was good for me and Jon.
Today has been all about Stevie. They have his entire collection on Spotify which is great. I started backwards with the Down To Earth album, moved on to For Once In My Life, My Cherie Amour and am now halfway through Signed, Sealed, & Delivered. Talking Book next! I don’t think I could ever hear these songs enough in my life.