5 Simple Ways To Make Dinner More Nourishing
Being a mom and having a career can be rewarding and demanding both at the same time. Especially if you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Before I became a Health & Wellness Coach, making dinner took way too long, was overwhelming and had little to NO nutritional value.
I mean, half of the time I didn’t know what was healthy and I certainly didn’t have time to be in the kitchen for two or more hours. Well, that’s exactly what happened! It took me 2+ hours to make a meal, eat and clean the kitchen. Well, that was for the birds… you know what I did instead? I developed a more simple plan… I started going through the drive thru!
Yep! It was more simple and quick, but it came with a price. To name a few… teaching my daughter bad eating & lifestyle habits, mood swings, headaches, low energy, brain fog, bloating and the list goes on and on.
I didn’t know that not having energy by the end of the day was tied to the foods I was eating. I also didn’t know that those meals weren’t properly nourishing our bodies.
“Eat the foods that nourishes your body, Not just your tastebuds”
If you want more be productive and have natural energy throughout your day, you must eat the foods that properly nourish your body not just your tastebuds. This way, you will be able to properly nourish the ones you love.
Since dinner can be the most challenging… let’s start there! Here are 5 super simple ways you can start to make dinner more nourishing.
1. Always Add A Green Leafy Veggie
Green veggies are the #1 missing ingredient in modern diets. Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to creating health. When you nourish yourself with greens, you will naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K.
Some examples of Green Leafy Veggies are:
Kale: dinosaur kale, purple kale, and Lacinato kale
Chards: Swiss chard, red chard, and rainbow chards
2. Use Natural Sweeteners
Each sweetener has its benefits. Honey, maple syrup/sugar and date sugar contain nutrients that white sugar does not; at the same time they are still simple sugars that enter the bloodstream fairly quickly, causing a burst of energy then a drop off. I recommend using these occasionally. Barley malt, brown rice syrup and coconut sugar are slower to enter the bloodstream, so are more suitable for those with blood sugar issues. Stevia, also known as honey leaf, does not affect the bloodstream, and can be up to 300 times sweeter than sugar depending on the form (liquid or powder).
3. Eat Seasonally
In many parts of the world, winter, spring, summer and fall have different temperatures. Since differences in foods gives us different crops. Nature gives us what we need to be our healthiest selves during each season, so be sure to stock up on your seasonal veggies. For example, we get squash and potatoes in the fall to help our bodies warm up as we enter colder weather. Cooking seasonally also saves time and money at the grocery store, because you know what ingredients to get at that particular time of year.
4. Use A Variety Of Colors
There are so many colors when it comes to food. Use different colors to ensure your body is getting all of the nutrients to be healthy. Reds, Blues, Greens, oranges, yellows, purple and blue, and even some white. Experiment with different combinations of of colors and don’t forget to pay attention to textures and flavors! Stir frying is a great way experiment and try some color mixing.
Here are some great colorful and tasty combinations for stir- frying:
Onions, carrots, and snow peas
Chinese cabbage, mung bean sprouts, and scallions
Leeks, carrots, and red peppers
Onions, mushrooms, and zucchini with dried basil
Yellow patty pan squash and mizuna greens with garlic
5. Know what foods align with your body
If drink or eat dairy or anything else and you know your body reacts negatively to it, it does not align with your body AND it is not considered nourishment it’s considered satisfying your tastebuds. Period. Find other alternatives that you like so you can still have that same great taste and it can still nourish you. Pay attention to how your body speaks to you. You will know what aligns with you and what doesn’t.
Mom Friend, now that you know that dinner can be more simple and nourishing… LET’S GET TA COOKIN! I have a challenge for you. Go and apply these tips to dinner tonight and let me know how it turns out! Help another Mom Friend while you’re at it by sharing this post :)
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