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Instead of getting your pasta fix with whole-wheat or brown-rice varieties, try gluten-free quinoa pasta. Quinoa is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and calcium and won’t sink you into a carb coma after consuming it.
Certain fats are good for you. Minimize your intake of the saturated types found in many animal products, ice cream, egg yolks and butter, and stay away from the trans fats typically found in commercially fried foods. Instead, load up on polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats like those in avocados, fish, nuts and seeds.
Skip the sodium-heavy, chemical-laden microwave popcorn and pop it yourself. Pick up a bag of organic kernels in the bulk aisle. In a skillet over medium heat, melt a tablespoon of coconut oil, add a tablespoon of kernels (a little goes a long way), cover and let them pop for about two minutes. Monitor closely so the popcorn doesn’t burn. When the popping stops, let cool and snack away.
You don’t have to buy everything organic--certain foods are more likely to carry pesticide residue than others are. To make these purchasing decisions easier, consult the Environmental Working Group’s lists of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.
Love beans but hate the bloat? Skip the canned stuff and buy dried beans in the bulk aisle. To prepare, soak beans in water overnight (up to eight hours), rinse and drain. Put them in a pot with fresh water and a small piece of kombu seaweed, which minimizes the gas. Cook over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes until softened, then add salt to taste.
Wish your fridge looked like this? So do we. Susan Whang of Peas & Love is the answer to our healthy-eating prayers.
Holding your hand--or rather, your cart--as you shop for groceries is one of the many services the NoPa-based health and nutrition counselor, personal chef and yoga instructor offers. Whang leads one-on-one cooking lessons, creates menu plans, supplies tips to stop cravings, and coaches between sessions. Rates depend on what you request and average around $125 an hour. She also runs a popular 21-day detox program, starting at $125.
Whang?s philosophy is decidedly deprivation-free. She tailors her suggestions to your tastes, focusing on whole, local, nutrient-rich foods, and never insists that you eat certain diet staples. ?No green smoothies if you don?t like them!? she promises. Most of the women she helps are insanely busy--just like us--so she caters to their schedules, meeting them at home, chatting over the phone and keeping them on track over email.
As if she didn?t wear enough hats, Whang is also a talented interior decorator. So if you?d like to spruce up your digs as well as your diet, she can assist you with that too.
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