This is a bit of a challenging and controversial topic as I really believe into Healthy Eating.
The quote " You are what you eat', is dated back in the 1826 when the french layer and politician Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, which although became famous as a gastronome, wrote " Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you who you are". This opened the doors of the idea that your health and state of mind depends of the food you eat, bringing us today where we are in a full on Healthy Eating revolution, which I couldn't love any more!
We are living in an era when junk food surrounds us and it tastes good (sometimes), and it's easy food-to-go when you are always running around like an headless chicken, but what's the damage for our health? And how can we balance this craving for shitty food with wholesome meals?
This is very difficult topic for me too and a constant challenge but somehow I found my own balance of the two and kind of happy with that. I'm not a big eater of crisps or burgers but I have a very sweet tooth, so I try to contain this craving with a daily sweet treat.
But I want to start explaining a bit what we eat as a family. To be honest, food plays a big role in our life and we always been really good with home made delicious meals before baby, with the occasional pizza or take away order when the only thing we wanted was have a glass of wine and eat in front of a movie.
With Lucas, which he's now 18 months old, we (I) started looking into healthy food options more and more.
First thing, we have a VEGETERIAN diet, mostly vegan I would say, but we eat cheese and eggs every so often.
We buy our veggies and dairies from Farmdrop, which sources their product from local farmers and everything is fresh and seasonal. When I need to buy veggies last minute, I go to the local vegetable shop.
We never buy anything related to dairies and eggs in Tesco or supermarkets as I don't want to feed that industry...Animals are treated in a really awful way and fed shitty food and all sort of antibiotics and medicines to keep them "healthy" and make them over produce. (I'll write a separate post on where I get dairies and eggs for the bakery).
Instead of cow milk we use almond/rice/oats/soya milk; we love Violife vegan cream cheese and Koko vegan yogurt.
Second thing, we try to balance our diet with VARIETY. I love experimenting different recipes and I love cooking but I'm always in a rush so our meals must be ready in half an hour maximum. Usually our meal is composed by rice/buckwheat/quinoa/pasta/bulgur/cous cous and a mix of veggies like curries/ tomatoes sauce with vegetables/roasted mixed vegetable/dahal (my version without cumin and coriander) for example, to this I always add chickpeas/beans/lentil. We make a salad as a side dish.
We use a lot of nuts and seeds (well crushed to avoid kid to choke), nutritional yeast. I alternate cooking with olive oil and coconut oil.
Third: we have never cooked special meals for Lucas, he has always eaten what we eat. I just cook everything without salt and then we add it afterwards on our plates. This has helped a lot on everyone eating healthy because there was no compromise in Lucas eating and reduce cooking time!
I always cook large portions so Yannis can take lunch at work and I'll have lunch the next day. If there is a bit more, I try to freeze small portions for Lucas in case of last minutes emergency.
A little problem is that Lucas doesn't like to eat same food on the same day, so if we have the same thing I try to "convert it" into something else. For example, if we have risotto for lunch he will not eat for dinner....but if that risotto become Risotto Balls then Voila', you have a different meal with the same leftovers!
I love being creative on this, but sometimes I'm not in the mood or I simply don't have the time and then we end up eating frozen vegan burgers and some avocado salad with sweetcorn and that's it.
Breakfast: As we have a very bad sleeper in Da House, is Yannis that takes care of that while I catch up on a bit of ZZZZ in the morning!
Breakfast is always the same: porridge and smoothie. He makes porridge with bananas and some other fruit we might have, oats, plant based milk, seeds and nuts. For the smoothie, we always have frozen fruit and berries in the freezer (there is no time to chop and peel in the morning), bananas (again!) and vegan milk...this is the most delicious thing and he always use different fruit combination.. he's getting better and better at smoothie making!
This is what I am eating right now, while I type this. Leftovers for last night dinner:
It's a vegetable Thai curry-wanna-be as I don't like spices like cumin, coriander, mustard seeds, chilli!
Recipe to make this delicious and very quick meal:
1 Pumpkin cut into cubes
1 potato cut into cubes
1 courgette cut into pieces
1 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves (grated or finely chopped)
1 can of coconut milk
1 canned chopped tomatoes
1 tin of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1/2 table spoon of medium curry powder
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
2 tablespoon of olive oil
250gr Basmati rice
Boil the rice for 12-15 minutes, drain and set aside.
Put the oil in a large pot, when is warm add the onions and cook them for 5 minutes, adding the garlic the last minute. Add the curry powder and the paprika, stir and cook for 1 minute. Add the veggies, the coconut milk and the chopped tomatoes, stir and cover with a lid: cook in a medium heat for about 25 minutes adding the chickpeas the last 10 minutes.
Serve warm with the rice and have a glass of wine if you want to (I always want LOL!)
NOW, regarding that sweet treat that we all crave...I usually have it a the end of the day, or just before I go to pick up Lucas from nursery (on the days he is there) or after dinner when he is soundly asleep! I usually have or a large piece of chocolate, or 2 or 3 of our bite-size cupcakes (which I always keep in the freezer for emergencies), or a slice of bread with peanut butter and jam, or a whole cupcakes (if I really had a big day and I need a bigger treat), or vegan ice cream if we have it (Ben and Jerry is DELICIOUS and you won't even notice is vegan)... of this last one in rare occasions (but happened) we caned one tub between the two of us in less than 10 minutes....
Anyway,I still having the excuse I'm breastfeeding...I'm not too sure about Yannis, but when I was pregnant he used to have compassionate pregnancy cravings!!!
I'm not that kind of person that can cover a sweet desire with an apple but I find that dates and grapes can do a very good job during the day to keep me on track!
That's it for today...Send me your favorite recipes..I would love to try them!