Do Your Meals Include This…?

During a recent family visit, we reminisced about how my mom would make a heart-shaped meatloaf and individual heart-shaped Jell-O desserts for our Valentine’s Day dinner when we were kids.

While the meal was tasty, what made it the most memorable was the best ingredient of all: love.

When food is prepared with love, it embodies an energetic quality that nourishes us on a much deeper level than food hastily prepared without much care or consideration for those consuming it.

Think about some of your most memorable meals. Were they infused with love?

Cooking for One
Some of my clients declare they don’t like to cook for themselves.

Why bother going to all the trouble? They either pop a frozen dinner into the microwave, order take-out, or dine on cheese and crackers.

When they start cooking for themselves to improve their physical health, they are surprised to discover how their homemade meals also elevate their mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

They hadn’t anticipated how profoundly nourishing it is to slow down and devote time, energy and care toward thoughtfully planning, preparing and consuming their meals.

An Act of Self-Love
Cooking for yourself is an act of self-love. It shows you’re worth the effort.

I love the ritual of selecting ingredients at my local farmers’ market to prepare meals for myself.

While I enjoy cooking for others, I find the experience of crafting my own meals to be very meditative, grounding, therapeutic, pleasurable, empowering, rewarding, and nourishing on every level.

If you currently view cooking for yourself or others as a burden, I encourage you to start adding love into the mix. It truly is the most powerful ingredient you can infuse your food with.

P.S. "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients." –Julia Child

Three Tasty Faves

Today I'm dishing up three of my favorite nutrient-rich condiments that will boost your food's flavor and your health. You can find them at your local health food store (e.g., Whole Foods) or online. Give 'em a whirl and let me know what you think.

Salad Booster
Coined "rocket fuel for your salad" by its creator Living Intentions, this zesty seasoning mix will jazz up your greens, grains, well pretty much everything.

A nutrient powerhouse, it contains spirulina, chlorella, sea veggies, Himalayan pink salt, chia seeds, seed sprouts, lemon peel and more. I love mixing a pinch or two with avocado and dulse flakes for a yummy sandwich spread.

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Coconut Aminos
With its rich, salty flavor, this nutrient-rich soy- and gluten-free sauce can be used in place of soy sauce or tamari. Made with raw coconut tree sap and sun-dried sea salt, it has less sodium than soy sauce and contains 17 amino acids. Essential for optimal health, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins in your body.

I use it in this recipe for Zingy Creamy Tahini Sauce.  Note, it does not taste like coconut!

Dulse Flakes
Dulse is a sea vegetable that's been harvested for centuries due to its rich profile of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. High in iodine, it can support thyroid function.

Although low in sodium, the dried flakes add a salty flavor to foods. Sprinkle them on everything from grains, pastas and eggs to soups, salads and popcorn. I add it to canned wild salmon when making my favorite go-to lunch.

As dulse is so mineral rich, limit consumption to about a quarter-teaspoon a day to avoid overdosing and skip it if you have hyperthyroidism or are pregnant.

To deliciously healthy eats!