I’ve long said that if you’re good 80% of the time, i.e. eating healthy food, you can give yourself a treat every once in a while.
However, once I committed to eating healthfully 100% of the time, I found that the few moments of pleasure from eating the forbidden foods turned into days of misery while their effects were being eliminated from my body. After a couple times, I have never been tempted again. That was enough to keep me focused only on the healthy fare.
Before you think… boooring, I spent some time creating healthy alternatives to the unhealthy options. While my commitment to eating healthfully would be enough for these substitutes to please my palate, my daughter is the one who really puts these healthy alternatives to the test… And they passed.
Here are a few samples to help you have some healthier choices for your holiday weekend get togethers.
Guacamole … I just threw this together one day when I was in a hurry and it has gotten rave reviews ever since.
Ripe avocados – mashed
minced garlic (optional)
raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar – add by the teaspoon till you get the desired flavor
Celtic Sea Salt to taste
Mix it all together and enjoy
The Guacamole goes well with raw veggies – celery, carrots, cucumber, jicama, etc.
If you must have chips, take some organic corn tortillas. Place in a greased pan (coconut oil, butter or olive oil) and spread with a little oil or butter and Celtic Sea Salt. Put in the oven at 300 degrees F, for a few minutes, until crisp. Then break apart into chips. One tortilla per person will give you the pleasure of eating a few chips, but without eating too many carbs.
For hotdogs and hamburgers, choose from organic, grass fed animals. Skip the buns or use a tortilla instead. Better yet, take a leaf of lettuce, put the dog or burger inside with all the fixins, wrap and enjoy. You might even try taking a sheet of Nori and using it instead of the bun. In fact, you can take sheets of Nori and tear them into one or two inch pieces and use them to snack on, plain, with a little guacamole or salsa.
Have some raw nuts and seeds and fresh fruit handy too.
For a sweet treat, try my Carob Coconut Candy.
Now for you pizza lovers, this is the only way I ever eat pizza any more. Put a few organic corn tortillas on a greased (coconut oil, butter or olive oil) baking pan. Spread some melted butter or coconut oil on each tortilla. Add some of your favorite organic salsa or organic pasta sauce. Top with sliced olives, chopped onions, bell pepper slices, slices of organic, free range, grass fed sausage, shredded raw organic cheese, whatever healthy toppings you like. Put in the oven at 300 degrees F for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
For more healthy recipes, click links for the Archives, on the right side of this page, starting in December. I put a lot of healthy recipes on this blog in the first few months.
Have a happy, healthy Labor Day weekend!