[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] A[/dropcap] few weeks ago I had a little ‘rant’ about my view on natural sweeteners. It generated some great discussion in the comments which I loved.
It also made me really think about the term healthy eating and what it means to me.
But before I get to that…
I have to tell you about this weeks recipe. It’s really a keeper! Citrus and fennel is a match made in heaven. Trust me, you need to try this one.
Anyway back to ‘healthy’.
The biggest lesson I’ve had from teaching people from around the world in my online cooking classes over the last 6 years is that there isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.
We all have our individual biochemical quirks.
For example some people, like me, have poor insulin sensitivity so having lots of carbs causes big problems with blood sugar. Whereas someone else may have excellent blood sugar control and can happily eat carbs without gaining weight or becoming diabetic.
It’s super important to experiment and find out what works best for you.
So with that in mind, I thought I’d share what works in my world…
What ‘healthy’ means to me
– Low carb / high fat
– Real food (NOT processed / packaged)
– Full fat dairy, meat fish & eggs
– Lots of vegetables
– Mostly savoury
While I eat like this most of the time, I’m a huge believer in the concept of ‘never say never’. So when I’m at an amazing restaurant, I forget all about health and just go for pure indulgence.
If there’s a food I really love, I can always find space for it at some point.
Although that being said, I find the more healthy food I eat, the less I crave treats or the ‘treats’ that I crave actually fall into my definition of healthy. It’s a beautiful thing.
Now over to you…
What does healthy mean to you?
I’d love to hear in the comments below…
Need some help with eating more healthfully?
Well you’re in luck!
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It arms you with simple tools and strategies to help you make real lasting changes to your life so you can ‘eat well, be well’ with minimal effort.
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Citrus Roast Chicken & Fennel
Inspired by the Citrus Braised Fennel in the Cornersmith Cookbook. I love that their recipe said ‘make this one!’ And was so glad I followed their advice. I’ve added chicken to make it a complete meal and swapped to cooking in the oven instead of the stove top so it’s less labour intensive but still just as delicious!
enough for: 2
takes: 60 minutes
1 large bulb sliced 1cm (1/2in) thick
juice & zest 1 lemon
juice & zest 1 orange
6 chicken drumsticks
green salad, to serve
1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Place fennel in a baking tray, preferably so it sits flat in one layer but don’t stress if you need to overlap a bit. Sprinkle over zest and juice of your lemon and orange and top with chicken. Add 1/2 cup water and drizzle generously with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with a big pinch of salt.
2. Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes.
3. Uncover and turn chicken. Roast for another 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and fennel is tender.
4. Taste cooking juices and add more salt if needed. Serve with green salad on the side.
porky – replace chicken with thick pork sausages. Or cook fennel on its own with the citrus and serve with BBQ or grilled pork chops.
vegetarian – replace chicken with a drained can of chickpeas tossed in for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Serve with roasted almonds or pine nuts.
other chicken – use breasts or thigh fillets and remove when cooked (will take 30 mins or less) or serve fennel as a side to a classic roast chook.
herby – toss in a few springs of thyme.
carb lovers / more substantial – toss in cooked rice, quinoa or couscous to soak up the citrusy goodness.
other citrus / lower carb – try lime instead of the orange.
ps. Not sure if The Healthy Meal Method can help you?
Here’s what Martha and Cynthia said about their experience…
“HMM has really given me the tools to eat healthier and cook for myself at home more.”
Martha, Healthy Meal Method Student.
“After doing HMM I’m starting to simplify, I now realize we don’t have to have 4 dishes for dinner during the week. If I can get a veg and a protein into a simple and healthy dish, that’s all it takes! I didn’t realize that cooking with so few ingredients could be so tasty…and it’s so easy.”
Cynthia, Healthy Meal Method Student.
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Note: 2016 registration closes 19 August. No exceptions.