I’ve missed you guys these past weeks. I had a wonderful time visiting friends and family in the USA and really enjoyed this much need vacation.
As you all know the USA is trying to start a health revolution (well it has been for awhile) but it’s taking sometime to get people on board with it. Even though it has come long ways it still seems that habits are hard to break. And although they are trying to get people to eat more organic and healthy foods they seem to constantly come up with new healthy products that are supposed to replace the unhealthy products, I like to call them ‘healthy junk food’. That’s what it is. Instead of stopping to produce say potato chips, they come up with a healthier potato chip, made with flax seeds, chia seeds, rice flour, bean flour, natural flavorings, etc…it’s still a freaking chip; albeit healthier still a chip. Why not reach for a handful of almonds, or some fresh fruit, or veggies, some yogurt, an egg or even a piece of parmigiano reggiano cheese?! These are healthy, whole and organic replacements to junk foods. I am not saying that those better for you chips aren’t better for you but why do they have to have a whole aisle and a half in a grocery store full of chips. It’s too much!
I am lucky that I have learned early on in life what eating healthy is all about and that here in Italy it’s so easy to do that. Healthy tastes so good! I am one of those people who will always opt to eat something healthy over something that has no nutritional value but may sound good.
For Me, healthy does sound good. I know people often times relate this word ‘healthy’, to boring, tasteless, unworthy, complicated and uninviting. Total opposite for me. I relate it to delicious, flavorful, easy, worth it, inviting with a wonderful array of options and colors.
I love knowing that what I am putting into my body is helping me stay healthy and I’m not putting crap in my body that is actually going to cost me my health, weak bone density, tooth decay, dull and unhealthy hair, wrinkles and ugly skin, GI problems, illnesses, etc….
Eating healthy is a habit but a good one to form. I have wrote about Healthy Eating habits and the wonderful effects it as on your body from weight-loss to feeling fantastic and how to do it here and here.
This next recipe is super simple and so good for you and trust me you will not be disappointed with the flavor it has. To top it all off it packed of healthy Nutrients, Vitamins and it’s Delicious. Enjoy!
2 6-oz Salmon fillets
1/2 lb of Spinach
1 cup of Lentils
1 1/2 cup of Veggie broth, low sodium
1 Shallot, chopped finely
1-2 dried Chili peppers, whole (optional)
Extra virgin Olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a small pot add 1 drizzle of olive oil, allow to heat and then add 1/2 the chopped shallot. Once shallot has reached cooking time, needs to be translucent you may throw in your lentils, salt and pepper then add your chili’s and broth. Cover and allow to cook at medium low heat for about 15-20 minutes.
In a separate pan add some olive oil place over medium heat and add the shallot, following cooking instructions same as for lentils. Now add your spinach, followed by salt and pepper; lower heat and cover. Cooking time may vary, it needs to wilt so when you see that it has wilted continue to cook for about 5 minutes and then turn off.
For the Salmon you are going to salt and pepper both sides. Place a pan over high heat add a small drizzle of olive oil, allow to heat completely and then carefully add your salmon. Cook for about 5 minutes and then flip over cooking for another 5 minutes.
Everything at this point should be cooked. So you may serve.
Thank you so much for the “like” on my blog. I am glad it brought me to you!!! I am excited to start reading your blog as your passion for food, but staying thin is one I share as well.
I am so happy that we share the same passion. Thanks for the support!
Thanks for stopping by mythineats
This is all so very true! We go to the grocery store here in the US year-round, and expect to always find strawberries…that is SO crazy to me! We make it too easy to get all the products year round, instead of eating seasonally. Plus, the grocery stores here would be much smaller, if all of the processed junk food were gone. No way that will happen, because the large companies make too much money off of the junk they sell to the public. OK….back to the recipe – it looks tasty, fresh, and good. All the things we like about real food!
I remember when I moved back from the states, I had gotten so accustomed to the fact that I could cook any vegetable or rag any fruit all year round that it actually bugged me that here in Italy I could only get it when in season. I wanted asparagus and I could only get it for like to months in the spring..wth?! Then when we just went back to the states for a visit I thought I was going to be over the loon and instead I was not. The fruit was all waxed to seem more appealing and there was everything and I realized how lucky I am to be able to still enjoy only seasonal and non waxed fruits.
I think that it’s great to eat all foods, but do you wanna compare a nice homemade apple pie to a store bought one? You can eat anything you want but the key is in the keeping it fresh, seasonal, simple and healthy.
Eggplant parmigiana isn’t bad for you if you’re using the right and fresh ingredients, none of all the processed cheeses go with real parmigiano stick to basics that’s what healthy eating and life is all about. But I know that you know that.
I am so glad that you stopped by mythineats. And now as for strawberries I’ve been waiting all year to finally buy some and they are starting to be sold so I might just finally buy some. Ciao