It turns out that eating nutritiously does not equate to munching on kale and other “superfoods” while depriving yourself of carbohydrates, fats, and sugars. To digress, I have always thought that there is this societal hiccup that confines the definition of the word healthy. More often than not, healthiness or unhealthiness in food is leveled to a one-dimensional comparison between products. We tell ourselves, “apples are healthy, and cookies are unhealthy.” We don’t usually tell ourselves, “cookies can be healthy, and apples are healthier.” In an attempt to categorize our consumption into only two categories: healthy and unhealthy, we cut ingredients/recipes out of our diets for better, or for worse.
I’d like to propose a vocabulary shift in the nutritional world. Instead of referring to certain foods (like cookies) as strictly unhealthy, we should understand that there are degrees to which even the seemingly most unhealthy food can be made healthier. Simply choosing to prepare a homemade version of the food rather than purchasing a processed version of it adds nutritional value back into the recipe by eradicating the artificial flavors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, etc. that are ever present in grocery store products. I will illustrate this point next week when we celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week… stay tuned!
Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,