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The Art of Indulgence: A Chef’s Guide to Making Healthier Choices in the Kitchen

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3 February 2023

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Ladies, have you ever felt like finding a balance between eating healthy and delicious food is like trying to find a needle in a haystack? Well, let me tell you that it is not as difficult as it seems. In fact, it can be absolutely mouth-watering and delicious. The key is to get creative with your ingredients and cooking methods.

First things first, let’s bust a myth: healthy food does not have to be bland and boring. Experiment with different spices, herbs, and seasonings to add depth and flavor to your dishes. Try roasting, grilling, or sautéing your vegetables to bring out their natural sweetness. And don’t be afraid to incorporate healthy fats, such as avocado or olive oil into your meals to add creaminess and richness. Plus, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to a glass of wine while you cook!

As we savor each bite of a meal, we are not only satisfying our hunger but also indulging in the art of nourishment. To truly nourish ourselves, it is vital to understand the role of the three essential macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates, and fats – and how they interact in harmony to create a balanced masterpiece on our plate.

Protein, found in foods such as fish, chicken, and legumes, serves as the building blocks for our muscles, tendons, and organs. Carbohydrates, found in fruits, grains, and vegetables, provide energy to fuel our daily pursuits. Fats, found in foods such as avocados, nuts, and seeds, are vital for the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals and aid in maintaining healthy skin and hair.

The true virtuoso of a balanced diet is none other than the vegetable. These leafy greens, vibrant root vegetables, and colorful fruits not only add depth and complexity to our meals but also provide a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. A diet rich in vegetables has been shown to lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

One of the most common misconceptions about healthy eating is that it requires a lot of time and effort. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of simple and easy ways to make healthy food that doesn’t take hours to prepare. For example, you can throw together a quick and tasty salad by mixing some greens with some cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a simple vinaigrette. Or, you can make a delicious stir-fry by sautéing some vegetables with some lean protein and a flavorful sauce.

kale salad with chickpeas

My simple rule for success is ½ vegetables, ¼ protein, ¼ carbohydrates, and ‘drizzle’ of healthy fats on top of that. Following these guidelines helps me to prioritize my vegetables first and foremost. Utilizing a ¼ of my plate for protein makes sure I feel full for longer, and the carbohydrates sustain a healthy blood sugar. The fat on top usually comes in the form of olive oil, avocado, chia seeds, etc. This is a bonus to every meal, and one I would never skip on. And the best part is, you can enjoy it while catching up on your favorite show or having a girl’s night in. 

Healthy balanced meal

One of the most important things to remember when trying to find a balance between healthy and delicious food is to listen to your body. Pay attention to how different foods make you feel and adjust your diet accordingly. If you find that a certain food makes you feel sluggish or bloated, it’s probably best to avoid it. On the other hand, if a food makes you feel energized and satisfied, it’s likely a good choice to include in your diet.

Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself. Eating healthy is not about being perfect all the time, it’s about finding a balance that works for you. So, if you slip up and indulge in a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back on track with your next meal or snack. And remember, a little indulgence is good for the soul.

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