Many thanks to Heather, the woman behind Heather’s Dish, for writing this fantastic post on the importance of food, friends, and family!
Food. Besides water, it’s truly one of the only necessities in the world; something which hasn’t been ousted by iPhones, internet access or television. Isn’t that crazy to think about, by the way? There are so many times that I’ve skipped the ceremony of eating dinner at a table in order to scarf it down in front of the TV or just standing in the kitchen; a really great meal with friends and family without distractions has started to become a rarity in my life!
The thing about food, besides the fact that we all need it, is that it really is one of the few things that brings people together. When we take a moment out of life to break bread together there’s really nothing sweeter than the realization that good friends and good food just can’t be beat!
A few years ago I was afraid, so to speak, of entertaining. I was under the impression that the house should be perfect, the meal should go off without a hitch, and the conversation should always flow lightly and perfectly until the end of the evening. I believed that our dogs should be well behaved (well, they actually should be but that’s another story) and we would never show any of our weirdness. And then we made come incredible friends and my perspective of entertaining changed completely.
We shared life together, which included great food, and in that whole living-life-togetherness we started to share our weird along with great food. We made great meals and fantastic parties in houses where there was no room to sit, with children and animals running wild, and with eyes full of laughter and tears – or both at times. I came to the realization that along with family, friendship is best shared over great food.
The years will continue to go on, trends will come and go, but good food and even better friendships are two of the big things this amazing life is made up of. May you always have both around your table!
Who would have thought that this is a holiday? Everyone at the LOVE Pad is thanking their lucky starts that it is, because our Chief Love Officer, Maddy, whipped a delicious batch! We hope you feel inspired to do the same.
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Eating clean requires keeping healthy foods on hand. To ensure that even on those nights when we get home late and are exhausted, we still have fresh, healthy foods on hand in order to pull together a quick, easy, yet nutrition-packed meal. From stir-frys, to salads, to grilled veggies and some sort of protein, by keeping the essentials listed below on hand, we eat simple, healthy meals majority of the time.
I prioritize my diet and my sleep more than anything else. Even exercise comes second. Between getting enough rest and fueling my body right, I am able to maintain my health–even when I am putting in long hours day after day.
So check out what’s in our fridge right now:
EGGS — Eggs are probably my favorite type of protein. I cherish weekends when I can make omelets, frittatas, whole grain pancakes
Juice — As you may have seen in my last post, Why I eat Clean, we are hooked on our morning smoothies. We switch between using orange juice and apple juice and will also add a little acai juice for an extra nutritional boost!
Fruit — I am a fruit-a-holic. If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be fruit. From berries, to stone fruits, to apples and pears, to melons and everything exotic…I love them all! Fruits are my snack of choice and my favorite dessert — I grab a piece of fruit before diving into any sort of snack food.
Greek Yogurt — From smoothies to mac & cheese, Greek yogurt is my go-to “white” food. I use it in place of sour cream on soups and also on my French Toast (try it with some berries and maple syrup). This high-protein packed food is a staple.
Veggies — Portobello mushrooms (small and large), spinach, kale, carrots, avocados, celery…and the list goes on. Whether sauteed, raw, or juiced…we always try to keep a variety of veggies on hand.
I am a believer that you can pay for your health now or later…but by paying more now for healthier foods you are helping prevent illness, as opposed to paying more in healthcare bills down the road. I see eating healthy as an investment…for myself, my family, our business, my future kids/grandchildren and everyone I love.
When I visit schools, I have the students repeat, “MY HEALTH IS MY GREATEST WEALTH.” This six word statement is one of the most important things to remember. I believe in balance and moderation and am not against indulging in treats. I live by the 80:20 rule. 80% of the time I eat clean, and 20% of the time I will enjoy something “unhealthy”.
You can always count on Michael Pollan to break down the importance of clean eating and connecting with the food you consume. This quote comes from Food Rules: An Eater’s Manuel. He adds, “Note: If your great-grandmother was a terrible cook or eater, you can substitute someone else’s grandmother – a Sicilian or French one works particularly well. ” He always thinks of everything!