I like to think of certain foods as a blank canvas. What do I mean by that? Well, take something really simple like scrambled eggs. The FIRST thing I think of when I'm going to cook some for breakfast is "what can I add to the eggs to make them more nutritious to my body?". Eggs alone contain a great deal of nutritional value to them, but eggs also make for a terrific blank canvas for your imagination to explore and run wild.
Let's stick with the egg. Try adding some spinach, sliced cherry tomatoes and feta cheese for a tasty omelet. Feta adds saltiness and the cherry tomatoes incorporate sweetness so you satisfy the taste buds and aren't depriving yourself of flavor. Chop up fresh basil and toss it in before you serve if you want an even sweeter omelet. There are many ways to cook an egg and you should do what you're comfortable with. The beauty of blank canvas foods is the freedom to experiment and "paint" something fun and delicious that is also healthy and nutritious for your body!
If you're not in the mood for eggs, then try plain oatmeal or a no-sugar-added breakfast cereal. Getting the no-sugar-added, unflavored oatmeal/cereal allows for YOU to control what you're eating and let's you start with that blank canvas. What I do is take oatmeal and add cinnamon, frozen berry medley (they thaw out in the hot oatmeal), slivered raw almonds and a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup. These are all-natural sugars and ingredients that are nutritionally beneficial and add depth to any meal. Mix it up a bit! Try banana and apples in your oatmeal with cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla extract. See!... it's fun and exciting to figure out new ways to create awesome tasting, non-processed and healthy foods to keep you feeling great.
I consider blank canvas foods to be salad, stir-fry, tomato sauce, wraps and sandwiches. There are many things you can do and add to these mediums to improve your overall health. I want to know what you come up with! What do YOU paint with your food?
Healthy food gets a bad reputation for being boring and rigid. Good news is it doesn't have to be! Healthy food is what you make of it. Restricting yourself to foods you don't enjoy will leave you feeling miserable about what you're doing and eventually will give up all together. Create something you will enjoy using the blank canvas foods. I'm interested in learning what you come up with!
Until next time, happy painting!...