We all have those days.
I have them.
You have them.
Everyone has them.
You know, when in spite of your best intentions your food choices are not healthy, you eat too much sugar, you don’t want to be active, you go back to some old unhealthy habits and you start feeling tired, cranky, moody, lethargic and just blah.
Today I want to introduce you to one of my secret weapons to getting back into a healthy vibe:
the healing meal.
The healing meal is a go to formulated meal that is balanced, full of nutrients, colorful, designed to reduce cravings, totally satisfy and make you feel tingly healthy all over.
You crave what you eat and when you start eating more processed, refined, chemical loaded, packaged foods you start craving more of it. The healing meal will cut through those cravings by giving your body a taste of something vibrant, full of life and energy and loaded with nutrients. When your body gets a meal like that it goes: Yes! Give me more! and starts sending you signals in the form of reduced cravings to unhealthy foods and increased cravings for good quality, wholesome and good for you food.
The healing meal can come in endless version so here is my formula and a recipe for one of my favorite healing meals.
A whole grain, usually millet, quinoa, rice or buckwheat.
Cooked whole grains help to stabilize our blood sugar level and give us sustained and balanced energy.
A legume, usually chickpeas, lentils or any kind of beans.
Legumes are high in protein and fiber, very filling and satisfying.
Sweet vegetables, steamed or roasted that include one or more of the following: carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, parsnips, onions. Sweet vegetables are wonderful for our organs, they are high in nutrients and help satisfy cravings for sweets in a healthy way.
Dark leafy greens, steamed or sautéed that include one or more of the following: kale, collards, broccoli, cabbage, broccoli rabe, dandelion, bok choi.
Dark leafy green vegetables are cleansing, uplifting, and provide us with immune boosting and disease fighting nutrients.
A delicious dressing that goes over the whole meal, usually tahini sauce or carrot ginger dressing. I like to keep my meal easy and simple so the dressing provides the extra zing and flavor.
When you make this meal, double up and eat it again the next day, that way you will get double the healing power. Feel free to create it in a way that tastes good for you by changing the dressing and adding your favorite herbs and spices.
One of my favorite healing meals:
Creamy tahini sauce smothered over everything!
Millet: cook 1 cup of rinsed millet in 2 ½ cups water, boil and simmer, covered for 20 min.
Lentils: sauté chopped onions and garlic in a little olive oil. Add one cup of lentils and water to cover. Add cumin, pepper, salt and cilantro. Boil and simmer covered until lentils are soft, adding water as necessary.
Slice a variety of vegetables like carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, winter squashed and steam until soft. Add chopped leafy greens like kale, collards, broccoli and steam 5 more minutes.
Please share with someone you love.