Lentil Salad and Tzatziki

Healthy Experiment #1

As I begin this endeavor of living a healthier (technically I should say “more healthful”) lifestyle, I keep bumping into new ideas to add to my repertoire. Many are recipes. Others, ahem, are of a slightly more gross and experimental nature. Stay tuned in case I decide to share. Today’s is a wonderfully delicious and nutritious lunch to grab and go. It comes from Sarah Britton’s My New Roots recipe book. I made it on Sunday afternoon for the whole week’s worth of lunches. This black lentil salad with tzatziki and avocado has been a yummy meal that I look forward to. Something I recently learned about nutrition made eating this lunch even better. Here’s the beef– (well, actually the beans…) Humans need calories. However, what we need to be mindful of is how we get those calories. Only a small percentage of our daily caloric intake should be from fat. The rest is from carbs and protein. Hence, the lentils (protein) make a great filler for our hungry stomachs, providing the calories we need. You can find the recipe here!

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Raw Inspiration

This year I am looking forward to changing the way that I eat, however slight the change may be. I recently bought a cookbook called My New Roots by Sarah Britton. (Check out her blog here!) Just looking through the pages inspires me to choose and cook my food more carefully. I love it because the book focuses on using nuts, beans, fruits, and veggies, without completely eliminating things like fats and sugars (and eggs!). Sarah provides useful descriptions of the healthy benefits of various ingredients and techniques she uses, ranging from coconut and chia seeds to sweet potatoes and red lentils. I made a list of a few of the recipes I hope to make in the coming months.WP_20160114_10_53_24_Pro

How do you fit healthy meals into your week?