Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Eating Well Easily Is Within Everyone's Grasp

Eating well (or better) does not have to entail cooking gourmet dishes daily. Instead, deconstructing meals and snacks into their individual ingredients may be a better route to take if one feels overwhelmed, a condition the incessant drumbeat of Big Food's marketing machine does not help.

Having ingredients on hand to work with, though, is essential, but easily conquerable. Let's look at a snack—"yogurt with stuff"—I just made for myself, one that takes absolutely no cooking skill whatsoever.

What did I do? I put plain whole milk (fat!) yogurt, uncooked rolled oats, walnuts, chopped strawberries, cinnamon and maple syrup into a bowl and mixed everything together. (Unfortunately, I was out of artificial colors, refined sugars, thickeners and stabilizers.)

Seriously, most of the ingredients will last for months (if not years) in the refrigerator or freezer (oats, walnuts, cinnamon, maple syrup) and only the yogurt and strawberries are perishable. (Dried fruit is a worthy substitute for fresh, but I had berries from the farmers' market in my refrigerator.)

Obviously Big Food doesn't want us to eat this way, but, inherently, our bodies know it is right.

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