Let’s be real with each other. What do your lunches usually look like? Before I went on maternity leave, I strategically packed lunches for work so I could devour them whenever the hunger monster struck. (Except those days where I forgot my lunch and regretfully grabbed a bagel from Tim Hortons instead… my coworkers know what I’m talking about.) Now lunches usually consist of a myriad of finger foods… you know—fresh-cut veggies and hummus, cheese and crackers, yogurt and berry parfaits, peanut butter sandwiches… or leftovers. Basically whatever my preschooler eats, I eat. But other days, when I’m feeling especially motivated (or my kids are in an especially good mood), I love to whip up something that’s not only good-for-you but oh-so-satisfying as well. This vegetable and fried cauliflower rice topped with eggs is just that.
As you must know by all the cutesy stuffed animals and decadent chocolates overflowing in every supermarket, Valentine's Day is upon us. It's hard to believe this is my 10th year celebrating the holiday with my boyfriend-now-husband... and even crazier to think of how life has changed.
(Side note: If you're not in the mood for a sappy story... I give you permission to go ahead and skip ahead to the delicious recipe!)
As a child, one of my favourite vegetables was asparagus. Asparagus, a cousin to garlic, is one of those strange-looking green (sometimes white or purple) vegetables that send many kids running. Why did I like it? Well, I think it’s partly because I doused the steamed, green spears in salt and butter. But it's probably also because every Spring I helped my mom and dad scour the ditches along the Iowa highways for wild asparagus. As I got older, I was not as willing to help with this task (sorry, mom!), but I secretly enjoyed the scavenger hunt and the winnings that came with it. Although I haven’t been able to forage these gems in the last few years, I still like to add asparagus to anything when it’s in season: pastas, frittatas, salads, and so on. (And I may even enjoy grilling it on occasion with bacon wrapped around it…)
You may have already heard this, but it’s a good idea to include seafood and fish in your weekly menu — if you don’t do so already! Especially fish rich in the following omega-3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaeonic acid) and EPA (eicosapetaenoic acid). Research study upon research study have found that these omega fats play a significant role in protecting the heart and lowering risk of heart disease. Other studies have found that omega-3’s are critical in the development of a baby’s brain while in the womb. Moreover, some research has found that depressed patients may have low levels of DHA, and in some studies, these patients benefited from omega-3 supplementation reducing symptoms of depression.
That being said, how much fish should you be eating?
As I am writing this, I am on my third cold in the past two months. Unfortunately with the common cold, there’s not much a doctor can give you to get rid of the virus. You just have to wait it out. Rest up. And drink lots of fluids.
Are you like me and have been under the weather lately? There are a few lifestyle choices Harvard Medical School suggests to adopt for a healthy immune system:
While all nutrients play important roles in maintaining health, make sure to get enough of these five nutrients to give your immune system a boost:
Hello, I'm Erin – a Registered Dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, and self-proclaimed foodie. Welcome to my blog where I hope to inspire others to make nutrition, health, family and faith more than just good intentions.
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