I love risotto. It’s one of those comforting dishes that you can enjoy pretty much all year long. Ever since I learned to make my own, healthier versions right here from the comfort of my home, the creamy, ultra cheesy, buttery versions you can order at many restaurants no longer appeal to me. Why eat these unhealthy extra calories when I can make a risotto that is just as rich, fulfilling, delicious and, best of all, is guilt-free?
Tart and sweet, these tiny and tasty little berries, which I have just recently discovered thanks to NaturaFoodsMarket, have now become a must-have snack to have around the house. Either eaten straight from the bag or mixed in a trail mix of nuts and seeds, mulberry is a delicious bite-size snack which, although small in size, offers huge amounts of health benefits.
I love making little patties to have handy whenever hunger strikes: quinoa and kale patties, sweet potato patties, yucca patties and now, my latest discovery, millet patties. I love them because they are not too complicated to make and can be served as either a side dish, or as a filling afternoon snack.
One of the most common questions we get when people hear that my husband and I have been eating a mostly vegetarian diet is: how do you get your protein?
Now that my entire approach to food has changed, I’ve started to really enjoy cooking and planning out our meals. My husband used to be the ‘chef’ of the house, but in the past few months I’ve been the one wearing the chef’s hat in our kitchen. Nowadays, I just love to take my time to search for the right ingredients and create meals that are healthy, nutritious and most importantly, tasty. It feels good to know that I’m only feeding our bodies with wholesome, nourishing and healthful foods. It’s rewarding.
As I told you last week, my first couple of days on the ‘Elimination Diet’ was absolute torture. But now that the hard part is over and I have been slowly reintroducing the foods I eliminated back into my diet, I have to say that I have never felt better!
This past Saturday my husband and I went on a little road trip to La Antigua (Guatemala) to visit an organic farm, Caoba Farms, we had heard about during one of our routine visits to Organica (an organic food store here in the city where we purchase most of our imported organic goods).
My first day on the Elimination Diet was horrible. Avoiding dairy, gluten and other foods wasn’t so difficult, but not being able to have caffeine or sugar resulted in mood swings, exhaustion, strong headaches and hot flashes. I felt so tired, so low and so unmotivated that I was forced to take a short nap in the afternoon…only to wake up moments later sweating, irritated and with an awful migraine.
I remember telling you at the end of 2012, that 2013 was going to be a year of many changes for me. Looking back at it now, I can confidently say that the most evident change of all was, by far, that of my eating habits.
Hot summer days by the beach. That’s what comes to mind when I think of coconut water. Growing up in Brazil, drinking chilled coconut water straight from the coconut itself was a cultural thing. It’s what we did when lounging at the beach under clear, sunny skies and sweltering temperatures. Found nearly at every corner, it was an inexpensive, delicious and easy way of staying hydrated.