The somber days of January bring a certain amount of food fun to an end. With the excitement of the holidays, along with a host of hors d’oeuvres, big meals and festive foods long gone, the obligations of New Year’s resolutions linger.
For many, a New Year brings back the unfulfilled promise of dieting hope. Pick your dieting goal:
- Less fat
- Less sugar
- No gluten
- No carbs, low carbs
- Fewer calories
- More fiber
Say good bye to artfully frosted cupcakes, white bread sandwiches, cream sauce covered pasta, oil-infused French fries and artisan cheese coated pizza. Don’t even think about ice cream, which is not too hard in January anyway.
A smart diet of arugula, romaine lettuce, fresh carrots, avocados, red peppers, radishes and other fresh vegetables replaces old indulgences. Stick with the raw vegetable regime long enough, and viola, a new you is born – more trim and spry.
Another Day, Another Salad
A salad a day keeps the pounds away. No, the slimming requirement dictates two salads a day – one for lunch and one for supper. Vegetables whether big, bold or small pack a lower calorie punch than just about anything other than plain water. A steady diet of vegetables reduces caloric intake. The secret is to eat your veggies plain or in a sprightly adorned salad. Butter be gone.
With all of its profound righteousness, eating right is lonely. A steadfast tedium of light vegetable bites hides under layer upon layer of vitamin filled, fiber rich, fresh lettuce greens.
Yes, vegetables brightly colored like fresh, newly-formed spring rainbows look lovely. A balanced diet of healthy food offers an attainable pot of gold – weight loss. After a few salads too many, the long term rewards of reduced weight and overall better health become obscure aspirations.
Low Fat, Low Carb, Low Flavor
The committed healthy eater will argue that food can be good for you and tasty too. True. The full-flavor food feat is much harder to accomplish without the much beloved flavor enhancers of butter, granulated sugar, corn syrup, cream, sour cream, ketchup, mayo and other calorie-laden ingredients, including grease in all forms.
A Salad Disclaimer
Salads can be wonderful charmers when they are carefully and creatively prepared. Past youth horrors of water-wilted iceberg lettuce particles drowned in acid-flavored bottled Italian dressing have given way to new and better horizons. Today salads boast many a former unknown ingredient. Mache grass or baby power greens mix anyone?
Top greens with sunflower seeds, toasted almonds, chick peas, kidney beans or other healthy trimmings to enliven the greenery. Bird food scattered on rabbit food. Bugs Bunny would love eating at my house. Carrot in hand, he was always quick-witted and thin. My hero. Pass the carrots please.