Hey guys! How was your weekend? This might be the first time I’ve been excited for the weekend to be over & actually welcome Monday with open arms. I’m not crazy….it’s only because my sister arrives from China today :)!
Since I started K Weigh, I’m realizing more and more at how overcomplicated eating healthy has become. Many of my clients are surprised with the menu plans and the meals listed i.e. how ordinary the options are. Sure you can be healthy by spending excessive amounts on “trendy” foods like acai berry, kombucha, nutritional yeast, kefir, and amaranth but it’s definitely not necessary. That being said, I’ve also come to realize that certain foods, which have become a staple for me, are still unheard of by many others. They might be slightly more expensive than their counterparts or require me to lug it back from abroad, but they are absolutely worth it for me:
1) Keen-wah (Quinoa): It would be almost wrong to mention quinoa without adding that it’s one of the few plant-based proteins that contain all the essential amino acids. Although I am a (brown) rice eater, I prefer quinoa’s nutty flavor so often use it instead. I usually cook up multiple servings so that I have quinoa on hand during the week to bulk out salads and stir fries. If you struggle with cooking quinoa, bear in mind the “1 part quinoa to 2 part water” ratio & you’re golden.
2) Non-dairy milk, specifically almond or soy milk. I love cows’ milk, but stick to only drinking it in when organic varieties are available. I have enough of my own hormones to deal with, thank you very much! Because the option is not available in Mumbai, I use soy milk in my coffee or almond milk in my cereal or smoothies.
3) Natural peanut butter: I’m not much of a food snob but peanut butter is an exception. I’d rather avoid it totally than eat “regular” peanut butter, which is usually filled with countless dodgy ingredients, including hydrogenated oils- yuck!
4) Chia Seeds: I don’t know how I ever ate oatmeal without chia seeds! Because chia seeds soak up liquid, even just a single tablespoon adds so much volume and a gelatinous, pudding-like texture…not to mention omega 3’s and fiber. If you’re not a fan of oatmeal, try adding them to yogurt. Fortunately this is one food where living in Mumbai works to my advantage: as a commonly-used ingredient here, a packet of chias costs about a tenth of what I would pay in London.
What “health food” would you rather not do without?