Is a healthy eater born or made?
I was a terribly unhealthy eater all throughout my childhood and teenage years. I can honestly tell you that I’d not tasted a tomato or a pineapple until I was 25 – and I grew up in Queensland.
That’s not to say that my mother didn’t TRY to make me eat healthy food. And I guess if steak, peas and potato were considered a healthy diet in the ‘80s, then she succeeded.
But as soon as I could fend for myself, pay for my own food and eat as I pleased, not a vegetable was seen across my plate – it was fast food and caffeine all the way, baby. And I think now that I’m a little older (and wiser) I can tell you why.
It was a mental block. On pure principle, I hated health foods simply because they were decreed “healthy”.
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It wasn’t until I realised that I could incorporate healthy food into my diet that could still taste amazing that I changed my ways. And it really is so easy.
I started with:
1. Simple sandwiches.
Why do we think we have to stick with bog-standard sandwiches when it is so easy to create healthy, filling sangas? Not only that, why do we pay a ‘sandwich artist’ half of our weekly wage for one when it is so easy to prepare a pulled chicken, cheese, avocado and tomato wrap before we head out the door of a morning?
2. Stir frys.
They are God’s gift to the lazy cook. I mean, really, if there are vegetables that you can’t make taste delicious with some oyster and soy sauce, I don’t even want to know about them.
3. Tasty (filling) salads.
Okay, I’m going to share with you a simple yet amazing chicken salad that you can impress all of your friends with (even the fussy ones who don’t usually feel full after a salad).
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup reduced-fat Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
1 cup seedless green grapes
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup mango chutney
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1/3 cup canola mayonnaise
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice