Asparagus is a classic spring vegetable which has many health benefits
I have been eating quite healthy for the last few years but it hasn’t always been that way. While of course I always knew that eating healthy stuff is important for keeping your weight in check, I was really inspired to expand my family’s recipe repertoire after reading Forever Young: The Science of Nutrigenomics for Glowing, Wrinkle-Free Skin and Radiant Health at Every Age book by Dr. Nicholas Perricone. It took me several years to gradually switch to a much healthier diet and a key part of that journey has been finding healthy recipes that are easy to make, use simple ingredients available in local stores and are yummy at the same time. I will turn 37 in a couple of weeks and I’m really happy with my weight, my skin and my health so I think making an effort to eat good foods really pays off!
I hope that I can inspire you to eat a variety of healthy foods with this post series! I will try to select in-season produce, give you information on its nutritional benefits and suggest some interesting recipes.
So here you go, the first vegetable in the series: Asparagus!
Simple steps to reduce number of calories that you consume
1. Halve the amount of high-calorie ingredients in recipes
When cooking at home use only half of what the recipe calls for when it comes to high-calorie ingredients. For example, if the recipe says to use 2 tablespoons of butter, use only 1 tablespoon saving 100 calories on the spot. Similarly by using ¼ cup of sugar instead of ½ cup you can easily save 180 calories. Extend this method to reduce calories in your home-cooked meals.
2. Reduce portion size
This one is no brainer. If your meal is 500 calories and you cut the portion size by 20% you save 100 calories. Not bad for virtually no effort. If you take baby steps in reducing the portion size you will gradually train yourself to eat smaller meals without feeling hungry. People who already eat adequate size meals should not follow this tip.
How to make your skin glow
Healthy Breakfast #1: Wild Blueberry Chia Oatmeal with Walnuts
Steel-cut oats: Provide you with protein, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium.
Chia seeds: Are loaded with antioxidants and protein as well as fiber, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus while adding very few calories.
Ground flax seeds: Good source of Omega-3s and fiber. Use ground flax seeds for better absorption of nutrients.
Blueberries: Super high in antioxidants that help fight premature aging.
Goji berries: Excellent source of antioxidants and beta-carotene. Warning: goji berries may interact with some drugs. If you take warfarin (a blood thinner), diabetes or blood pressure drug talk with your doctor first.
Walnuts: Rich in Omega-3s and Vitamin E that are essential for smooth, glowing skin.