WHAT HEALTHY MEANS NOW

Healthy food is very different than it was 10, 20, 30 years ago. In fact there’s a whole new rulebook…30 years ago, “healthy” meant eating reduced calorie margarine not real butter. Enjoying foods was not part of the rulebook, now it’s time to celebrate real food, fresh ingredients and a healthy relationship with the foods you love.

Now Healthy Is:

1. Whole grains
High nutritional grains in artisan breads, amazing pastas made with ancient grains like Kamut® brand korasan wheat, no empty calories, just whole grain goodness.

2. Plant-based foods
Every supermarket produce aisle is full of organic and seasonal produce – so much choice and so many vegan, vegetarian recipes and blogs. Eating veggies has never been so simple.

3. Balance is key
Whatever your food choices, think about balance. It’s OK to enjoy your favorite foods. Not every day, but for a celebratory splurge or special occasion—no guilt, savor every bite.

4. Good fats
Unsaturated fats are the good guys, Embrace all the health benefits and wonderful flavors of good-for-you fats. Olive oil in salads, avocado on whole grain toast, omega-3 in fish–
seek out wild varieties of salmon, or try mackerel or sardines—mix it up and enjoy.

5. Full fat dairy
The satisfying creaminess of full fat means you will probably eat less. Keep portions and saturate fat in check.

6. Fresh herbs
Vegetables provide the crunch and textures, fresh herbs like parsley and mint bring a burst of herbal freshness to the plate. Sugar snaps, peas and asparagus are especially good with a handful of fresh herbs.

7. Red wine
Opt for red for the health benefits of resveratrol, a compound found in red grapes that may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, fight cancer and preserve memory…cheers!

So move over skim milk, skinless, boneless, flavorless chicken breast, refined grains and starches, steamed veggies and “lean” cuisine, and step up real food…Yes!!

Sue Taggart