Balance: Healthy fat, Carbohydrate (fruits/vegetables/whole grains) and Protein every meal/snack.
Flavor: Experimenting with different spices, herbs, sauces.
Presentation: Make it appealing to eat. Have fun displaying it on your plate. I’m usually inspired by the chefs on Top Chef (Bravo channel Wednesday nights at 9 pm. It’s my favorite show)
Photo on Left: Pan fried Tilapia with Lavender/pepper spices, drizzle of olive oil, spinach, crumbled blue cheese, my dad’s canned pickle and a side of sauce. (mayo, dill, dijon mustard)
Photo on Right: One new thing that I bought is Chia Seeds. Chia seeds are a wonderful source of Omega 3. I sprinkle them on pretty much anything. In the photo I have Walrus bread (gluten free bread made with rice flour, garbanzo bean flour, potato starch & other ingredients) with almond butter and Chia seeds.
*While Chia seeds are good for you they also can have side effects-always read about things that you are unfamiliar with before you consume them. http://www.chiaseeds.us/
*With balance you don’t get the ups & down’s with your blood sugar, everything remains at an even level throughout the day. This in turn can help with memory, energy, mood, and weight. *
*Eating balanced was a lot of work at first because I wasn’t used to it, but over time ( just like anything else) it became part of my routine. It became natural.