One: Add more greens to your eggs on toast
I am a big advocate of eating a couple of eggs each day. Long gone are those days where we were afraid to eat a couple of eggs a week due to cholesterol concerns. We are better educated today and know that small oval of goodness goes a long way supporting our health. So add some greens – shredded lettuce and sliced cucumber, sliced avocado, lightly charred zucchini strips or even make some fresh basil pesto – whatever is your liking, do it and enjoy the benefits of lots of greens in your diet.
Two: Swap your morning biscuits or slice of cake for a raw bliss ball or two
My husband grew up in a family where morning tea and afternoon tea was a tradition not to be missed. I remember first visiting his parents home and they had dessert every night with their evening meal. That was never my experience. We grew up eating sweets on special occasions. And even though many of these traditions are lovely and bring family and friends together, it can be a trap to indulging. But hey let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water, let’s serve up something more nutritional. Raw bliss balls are filled with goodness – medjool dates, raw nuts, coconut and citrus zest equals to cutting down refined sugars and adding more nutrients to what we eat.
Three: Swap your spaghetti meat sauce for a vegetarian chickpea or lentil sauce
I have got to say it; my vegetarian moussaka is deliciously good! Legumes are a super food we don’t use enough of and I for one are looking for ways to add more to my meals. And if that sounds way too much out of your comfort zone, why not swap half of your spaghetti mince with lentils or chickpeas and start the change over slowly? That way you can make the adjustment in small amounts and you won’t shock your family or your taste buds!
Four: Plant yourself a small herb garden
Herbs not only add flavour to your food but they are packed with high amounts of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. In fact, the humble parsley contains more Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron and Calcium than lettuce. So plant yourself some herbs and add them in just about everything and enjoy good health!
Five: Explore a different culture for healthy recipes
The Mediterranean diet is well researched and documented as one of the healthiest ways to eat. Why not check out a different culture each month and cook up a scrumptiously healthy dish to surprise your family. One of my favourites is the French dish Ratatouille. Layers of seasonal vegetables in a tomato rich sauce and cooked slowly in the oven, it’s a winner for me. Or how about Swordfish Souvlaki soaked in a lemon and olive oil marinade and served with Greek salad? Hmm…now that sounds good too!
Recipe for My Style Ratatouille
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 eggplant, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, halved lengthways and thinly sliced
6 Roma tomatoes, cut into small chunks
1 red capsicum and 1 yellow capsicum, deseeded and cut into chunks
1 cup French beans, ends removed and cut in half
2 red onions, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 cup basil, chopped
1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
2 cups tomato passata
zest of 1 lemon
Salt & Pepper
100g feta, optional
- Preheat oven to 170*C. Lightly oil a baking dish.
- Place in baking tray one layer of vegetables and herbs topping with half of the tomato passata. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat finishing with lemon zest.
- Drizzle a little more olive oil on top, season with salt and pepper and cover with foil. Bake in oven for 1 & 1/2 hours or until cooked through. Remove foil, sprinkle feta on top and bake a further 10 minutes.