How To Have A Better Relationship With Food

What we put into our bodies is important, and when it comes to food, we need it as it’s our fuel to get through the day. It provides us with that energy, but what is your relationship to food currently? There are probably ways that you can improve it so that you love food, but you’re putting in the right stuff that’s going to make you feel good too. Here are some tips to have a better relationship with food.

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Eat In Moderation

One of the most important things when it comes to food is that you’re eating enough of it and not too much nor too little. Moderation is something that you want to understand and use for all of your meals and eating habits in general. There’s a rule about how much you should have on your plate and how much of that plate is made up of carbohydrates, protein, and vegetables. The bulk of your plate should be vegetables, followed by protein and then carbohydrates is the smallest section on your plate. Keep your plates small so that you’re not tempted to pile on the food. As long as you're eating everything in moderation, you should be able to maintain your current weight. 

Don’t Deny Yourself A Treat

To not allow yourself a treat every now and then will make you miserable. Whether it’s the best southern fried corn that you love or a bar of chocolate, you deserve a treat. Again, it’s all in moderation, but there’s no point in denying yourself the finer things in life when it comes to food. So what if it’s unhealthy? If you’re not letting your body spoil itself every now and then, you’re still allowing an unhealthy relationship with food. Staying healthy all of the time is difficult, and it’s near enough impossible because everyone has their favorite snack or meal that’s not good for you but makes you happy. Don’t limit yourself, just remember that every treat is balanced with something healthy.

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Learn New Recipes

I’m always trying new recipes here. If you’re ever shopping around for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers or snacks, dessert, Halloween, Thanksgiving or even Christmas recipes, I’ve got so many for you to choose from. Trying to do a weekly shop and to meal plan can be difficult when you’re doing it in-store. You want to think about what it is you want to cook but when you’re shopping without a list, that can lead to the wrong things going into your basket. Try to compile a food shopping list before going shopping and then that way you’re going in knowing exactly what you want to get. Don’t be afraid of trying out new recipes and look online for inspiration. It’s always good to mix it up every now and then and to try new things. You may come across one or two dishes that end up becoming a staple for you. If you’re struggling, you could always try food subscription meal kits that come with the ingredients and how to cook it, all prepared. Definitely a good option for busy households.

As a foodie, I’m always looking for ways to spice things up so I never get bored. Cooking can be so fun because you’re creating a work of art that you actually get to eat. Your relationship with food should always be a good one, so focus on bettering yours.





Cauliflower and Hummus Pita Pockets

Cauliflower and Hummus Pita Pockets

The crispy cauliflower gets cooked in the same amount of time it takes to make everything else you need which means the whole meal will take you just a little over half an hour. It’s mostly plant food and it’s delicious. You should eat it. Soft pita bread filled with creamy hummus, crunchy cabbage and crispy roasted cauliflower. All the good things. So give it a shot!

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Parmesan Crusted Stuffed Chicken Breast

Hello Lovely,

Two Sundays ago, my mother gave me the task of making Sunday dinner for everyone. It was kind of last minute so the only thing we really thought of was Macaroni and stuffed chicken breast. I was going to use my cream cheese until I remembered that cream cheese doesn’t melt very well, and my family more than likely wouldn’t like cheese inside of chicken. So I had to think of something else. It wasn’t until I was actually cooking the chicken that I thought of a spinach tomato combination. This chicken was seriously easy to make. It only needs a few ingredients, and you won’t have to worry about your chicken being dry either. I took a slightly unconventional route by boiling the chicken before baking it because I found it helps to soften it.

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Parmesan Crusted Stuffed Chicken Breast

Ingredients

  • Five large chicken breasts

  • 1 cup half and half

  • Olive oil

  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (fresh tomatoes are good if you don’t have sundried)

  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped spinach

  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes

  • 2 tablespoons garlic and pepper seasoning

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Marinate the chicken breasts in the garlic and pepper seasoning, then leave in the fridge overnight.

  2. Take chicken breasts out of the fridge and boil in a pot of water for 30 minutes. Allow the chicken breasts to cool completely before proceeding.

  3. With a large sharp knife, carefully cut the chicken breasts like hot dog buns. Don't cut all the way through.

  4. Open the chicken breasts up where you cut them and layer the tomatoes and spinach. It's okay if you can't fit all of it in, you can just leave some out. Just squish in as much as you can. Stick a couple of toothpicks in near the opening to keep it all together.

  5. Place chicken breasts in a casserole dish and cover in the half and half and olive oil. This will keep it moist while it bakes. Top with red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. You can put the pan in the oven at about 375ºF. Allow the chicken to bake for another 30 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Quick and Easy Back-to-School Snacks For The Kids

Hello Lovely,

Kids are back to school and you’re back to your routine. Even though I'm a full-grown, college-educated adult with no kids of my own, the start of September is still back-to-school season for me, because I'm a school counsellor. All three recipes below are healthy, nutritious and most importantly, tasty enough for even the pickiest eaters. These are convenient make-ahead recipes even for the busiest parents!
 

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Beck's Crackers

Seasoning saltines using an altered method from Joanna Gaines friend Beck, makes crisp, buttery crackers that are great with creamy dips like my hummus. They're also really yummy on top of soups or salads. I like them for parties and kids school snacks because they're easy to make and can be prepared in advance. In fact, these taste better if you eat them a day or four later. And they can be so filling, they're sure to be a huge hit!

  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 0.7 ounce envelopes dry Italian or Mediterranean dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon crush red pepper flakes (leave out if you or the kiddos don't like pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill (not necessary if you use the Mediterranean mix)
  • 1 1lb box saltine crackers
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large (14-16 cup) deep container, with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, lemon juice, dressing mix, pepper flakes and dill. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the crackers and turn them over a few times to ensure they are fully coated. Let stand for 5 minutes, turning the crackers over twice.
  3. Place the crackers on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, allow to cool then store for tomorrow's snack!
  4. To make the hummus, mix one can of chickpeas with remaining oil mixture (about 1/4 cup) and 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese in a food processor.
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Apple Cheese Wraps (serves 4 )

Do you remember eating Lunchables as a kid? I never liked them. I liked the idea behind it but it always tasted fake (not to mention my parents complained about the price). If you have kids who love Lunchables, why not save money by making it yourself? It's so easy and so much healthier because you'll know exactly what's in it. This snack covers all of the critical food groups with fibre, protein and good carbs. The best part? It's fully customisable. Add nuts or grapes or whatever else you like for added health benefits.
 

Prep Time: 2 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese, cut in half
  • 2 slices pre-sliced deli turkey or ham, cut in half

Preparation

1. Slice the apple into 1/2 inch thick slices. Rub the apple with the lemon wedge to prevent from going brown.

2. Slice the cheddar cheese into 1/2 inch wide slices and the ham in 1/2 or in 1/4 (the ham needs to be large enough to wrap around the apple). 

3. Place an apple slice and a cheese slice on top of the deli meat and fold over deli meat to wrap.

4. Serves with crackers and a dip of your choice for a satisfying on the go snack.

 

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Gluten Free Sandwich on a Stick

It's the kids' turn to pack their own lunches. Introduce them to this submarine skewer and they'll have a blast expressing their creativity and sliding on their favorite sandwich ingredients. Best of all, it's practically mess-free since the dressings will have to be on the side—no knives, squirting, or spreading required.
Prep Times:

20 minutes

Yield:

4 servings

Ingredients:

8 (6-inch) skewers
4 oz. deli sliced lemon chicken or smoked turkey breast
1 cup chopped arugula or spinach
4 oz. your favourite cheese, cut into small squares
1 cup grape tomatoes
1/2 cup small dill pickles
3/4 cup ranch dressing or deli mustard (optional)

Preparation:

1. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes.

2 Thread skewers with chicken (or turkey) arugula, cheese, tomatoes and pickles. Serve with ranch dressing or mustard for dipping.

 

The Fabletics #21DaysOfMe Challenge: Food For Your #WorkoutWednesday

Hello Lovely,

Today we’re focusing on what to eat for your #WorkoutWednesday. I know that #WorkoutWednesday would've been yesterday, but I was super busy yesterday with the talk show, and spending time with my family. Even though this info would've been perfect to have yesterday, it's better late than never, right? According to Miss Nutritionist, Rosie Millen, glucose is your bodies’ preferred energy source so if you want to fuel your workout to smash those goals then you need to consume it before hand. The optimum time to eat before a workout is 30 – 60 minutes. Make sure it is not too heavy but not too light either. Protein assists in the recovery of your muscles after exercise. Eggs, tuna and chicken are some of the most well-known foods that are rich in protein. Although they are healthy foods that you should incorporate in your everyday diet, they might not be the best foods to eat after your workout. So here are five easy post workout snacks to fuel your workout. 

RED VELVET FUDGE BITES

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Have you ever had (or even heard of) all natural, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and 100% healthy RED. VELVET. FUDGE??  Well, if you haven’t made these Healthy Red Velvet Fudge DIY Protein Bars, then I’m betting you haven’t.

CANDIED BACON AND NUT BRITTLE

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This candied bacon nut brittle is spicy, sweet and outrageously delicious. It also makes the perfect DIY food gift during the holiday season!

HIGH PROTEIN BROWNIE

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Most of us are looking for a quick post workout snack and sometimes it’s tricky to fill the spot. Keira Rumble has kindly shared her awesome healthy brownie recipe that tastes divine and should do the trick. These little gems are gluten free, high in protein, vegan and have no added sugar. They also keep really well in the freezer and made the perfect post workout snack/dessert, for a good two weeks. 

VANILLA CHAI PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

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Vanilla Chai Protein Smoothie. This healthy recipe is simple to make and made with chai tea, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, bananas and protein shake powder. Try making this for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. 

CARROT CAKE BALL PROTEIN BITES

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These Carrot Cake Protein Balls are the easiest carrot cake recipe ever. It is perfect for those night when you are craving a guilt free carrot cake and they're the perfect reward for that hard workout!

Today’s Challenge: What’s your fave pre or post workout snack? Share your faves in the comment section below!