Pro-active Nutrition, I love this title which you may have seen on a certain brand of Pet Food! Huge amounts of money are spent on advertising Pet Food and and getting us to feed our pets a balanced diet containing amino acids, omega oils, vitamins and minerals. If you are trying to increase the nutritional content of your food then try some of these ideas – they will taste a lot better than the dog food.
First of all whether you are trying to alkalize, increase the nutritional content of your diet or lose weight then nothing is better than adding some homemade soups. With busy lives it is quick to buy packet or tinned soups but these can have vary between 0 – 24% food content. I find the best way is to make a large batch of your own and freeze it in mugs or cups. Homemade soup will have 50 -60% food content and is much more nutritious than most shop bought soups.
Saute in Olive oil chopped onion and then add any of the following (the more variety of vegetables the more nutritional it will be).
Carrot, squash, parsnip, celery, herbs, cabbage, kale or chard, some root ginger, garlic and a little sea salt. Add stock (chicken broth stimulates the immune system) or vegetable stock and water and simmer for about 1 hour. When the soup has cooled you can liquidise it or drain off the vegetables and just have the stock – depending on your appetite and digestion. If you freeze it in portions then to add variety you can add Shiitake or other mushroom one day and dried seaweed (Nori, kelp, Kombu, Dulse etc.) another. For a more substantial soup add lentils or beans and a little chopped meat and simmer until cooked.
Quick Italian Beans – one of my favourites. Can be eaten hot or cold.
Saute a chopped onion in 1-2 tbsp. Olive Oil. Add a jar of white canellini beans and some chopped fresh Rosemary with a small pinch of sea salt. This goes well in Pitta Bread, as a vegetable or salad with meat or tasty lunch with cheese, beetroot and rocket.
Carrot and Raisin Salad
3 cups grated carrots, half cup chopped raisins, quarter cup toasted slivered almonds, quarter cup each of chopped parsley, celery and spring onion. Dressing:– 6 tbsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp. maple syrup and 1 tsp. mustard whisk all ingredients and then add to salad and toss.
Forget about calorie counting or eating low fat food and just eat more good, fresh food and less preprepared or processed food and as little sugar as possible. You will soon feel as perky as your pet!