Cooking and eating good food happen to be two of my life’s greatest pleasures. I admit this because there is nothing wrong with enjoying delicious food while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For many centuries, good food meant you had to pack pounds of fat and cheese into your cooking – essentially killing yourself. Today, most of us are aware excessive fat, carbohydrates, sugar and even salt is bad for our health.

The truth is that fat is an important part of our everyday diet. We still need to maintain a balanced diet, even in the midst of a healthy lifestyle.

Try to consume unsaturated fat as they have health benefits that can help reduce heart disease and lower cholesterol levels – an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Hint: unsaturated fat is liquid at room temperature, unlike their counterpart.

Consume vegetable unsaturated fat in the form of olive oil, canola oil, nuts, avocados and peanut oils. Flaxseed, walnut, and  soybeans are excellent vegetable sources as well. Choose your proteins wisely and opt for salmon, sardines, eggs, lean beef and chicken.

Exercise is, of course, a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. Weight for weight, dietary fats are much more nutrient-dense and supply far more energy. To reduce the risk of weight gain, exercise is key.

Overall, it is a matter of choice, if you cut down on fat intake, you automatically cut down on energy intake without affecting other nutrients.

Using the right type of fat, opting for low-fat items and fat-free foods could help you live a healthy lifestyle. 

While every recipe that I post will not be a healthy option, it will require a lot of balance on your part. I believe in indulging. Eat a good slice of cake every now and then. Have a scoop of ice cream if you must but keep it 95% healthy.

Eating healthy should not feel like a diet. In my healthy recipes, whether original or adapted, you will find that I follow a healthy eating guideline that focuses on the five main food groups.

  • Vegetables and legumes/beans.
  • Fruit.
  • Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fiber varieties.
  • Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans.
  • Milk, yogurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

I hope you find this informative and will give yourself a chance to be healthy from the inside out. Visit my healthy recipe section for some healthy recipes and more.