Eat Clean…Feel Better !!

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Well, here it is and spring finally decided to arrive on the east coast…in the DC, MD, VA areas to be specific.  For foodies; spring is especially an exciting time because it gives us the opportunity to not only clean out our fridges, cupboards, freezers, and pantries  but to clear out the clutter and questionable items from season’s past. We foodie’s find a way to make it to the local grocer and my new personal favorite weekend activity or ‘shopping experience’ as I often enjoy calling it…the ‘Farmers Market excursion’.

Going to the Farmer’s Market if not every weekend, every OTHER weekend from Spring through early Fall by far has to be my favorite weekend activity. I get the opportunity to meet local farmers, inquire about their produce and dairy, finding out what is organic and last but not least learning about various uses for foods as well as health benefits.

Some of the benefits of eating clean or eating healthy include the following as this foodie tries DAILY to eat right…

Controls Weight
Eating right and exercising regularly can help you avoid excess weight gain and maintain a healthy weight. Eating a low-fat diet can also help control weight. When you start the day with a healthy breakfast, you help avoid hunger spasms that could send you running to the fast food before lunch, says the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The ADA also recommends incorporating at least five times per day of fruits and vegetables–which are low in calories and high in nutrients–in to your diet to help with weight control.

Improves Mood

Doing right by your body pays off for your mind as well. Eating a healthy diet as well as exercising can lead to a better physique, so you may also feel better about your appearance, which can boost your confidence and self-esteem.

Combats Diseases

Healthy habits can help prevent certain health conditions–such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure–by boosting high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreasing unhealthy triglycerides. This combination keeps your blood flowing smoothly, decreasing your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Boosts Energy
We’ve all experienced the energy drop that comes from eating foods high in sugar and saturated fats. When you eat a balanced diet including whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables, your body has the fuel that it needs to manage your energy level.

With all that being said, I’d like to share a new recipe of Sauteed Cabbage and I call the picture to portray today’s meal…Cooking Live and In Living Color !!

in LIVING color

Ingredients-

1/2 a head of red cabbage (shredded)

1/2 a head of green cabbage (shredded)

1 jalapeno pepper (sliced)

1/2 a green bell pepper (sliced)

1/2 a chopped garlic clove

1 tablespoon of refined coconut oil

Sea salt & Cracked black pepper to taste

1 whole sliced onion

1 dash of Tabasco

Instructions-

Step 1: Add 1 tablespoon of refined coconut oil to frying pan on a medium heat.

Step 2: Shred both red and green cabbage with a sharp knife. Be sure to discard stalk like pieces. Cut jalapeno into small slices. (I like keeping the seeds for a little heat)

Step 3: Add jalapeno, sea salt, cracked pepper, bell pepper, a few dashes of Tabasco, and chopped garlic and onion to frying pan, once you’ve been able to determine that the frying pan is hot enough. This will allow your oil to get the heat it needs by the peppers, Tabasco, onion and garlic. Once the above have been added and had a chance to simmer, you’re going to remove them from the frying pan and place in a small bowl, you’re going to add this back to your cabbage once it cooks well.

Step 4: Add cabbage (red and green) to your seasoned oil. You may place the top on the pan, cracking it slightly to allow a little heat to escape and allow to simmer on a low heat for about :10-:15 stirring every so often with a slotted spoon.

Step 5: After time has passed you’ll notice that your cabbage has begun to wilt and may have even charred slightly. This way you can most definitely determine that its cooking well. Allow it to cook until soft or to your liking. I do not prefer my cabbage al dente. You can taste it to really determine if you like it firm or soft.

Step 6: Add the contents of your small bowl (jalapenos, garlic, onion and green bell peppers) back to your frying pan and stir along with your cabbage and allow to slow simmer for about :15-:20 to allow all the yummy juices and oils gather together in happiness before you spoon on to your plate.

Step 7: Once all the ingredients have cooked well together…simply put…enjoy !

Hope you like it !

-JaiSun aka ‘The Foodie’

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