If you follow my posts over time, you will see that they change. When the weather is warm, there are more smoothies, mason jar salads, and fresh, raw fruits and veggies. When it starts to cool, look forward to soups, broths, and warm dishes. But there are other reasons too! When I am running long distances you will see recipes heavy on healthy complex carbs. When I am able to fit crossfit, spin and yoga into one week, you will see that the recipes take a heavier approach to protein. But don’t worry if you aren’t a runner or active in cross fit quite yet. The recipes will work for anyone!
That’s the beauty of the rice bowl and salsa recipe I will share in a minute; it’s designed to allow everyone in your house to get what they currently need. The flexibility works well for not just busy families, but individuals with changing preferences and needs.
As a busy mom, I need healthy, budget-friendly meals that can be on the table quickly.
As an athlete, I need meals that will fuel my body.
As a health coach, I need to walk my talk and eat the way I ask others to eat.
With all these different needs, flexibility is essential! That’s one of the reasons that I do not define myself as any one thing like vegetarian or paleo or raw. I adjust the way I eat with my activity level, the season, my stress level, my age, and my tastes. And have I mentioned, you should too! When we label ourselves as one thing or another, we put unnatural restrictions on ourselves. This prevents us from truly listening to the dietary needs of our body, and cravings that reveal what’s going on for us emotionally.
When I attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I studied over 150 dietary practices from paleo to blood type, from macrobiotic to Atkins, and everything in between. This has given me the ability to use the best of each practice and apply it in a very personalized way to my clients. I often get a surprised look when can tell someone their blood type after only a few minutes of conversation. While I don’t rely on it exclusively, I find that Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo Blood Type Diet methodology is extremely helpful in supporting my clients to reach their goals in weight, exercise and stress management. But trust me when I say, I do get it wrong sometimes too, because no single diet is right for every person. Again, the personalization and use of only the things that work from various dietary practices are the keys to helping my clients learn what foods work best for their body.
When cooking for yourself, you can simply do what works best for you. Craving protein? Go heavy on the chicken, beans, seeds and nuts. Not feeling satisfied after meals? Make sure you’re getting enough fat to feel satiated. Constipated? Kick up those water heavy vegetables like cauliflower, and all leafy greens like kale, spinach and arugula.
When cooking for your family, significant other, roommates or friends, you may not know what they need, their stress level, their blood type, their exercise level or what they are craving. Can you imagine if you had to have that conversation before you planned each meal? And the minute you have it figured out, it changes!
Is there a solution? Of course! My hope is that the rice bowl concept that I share with you will adapt and change with not only your taste preferences but with the season. Winter rice bowls will be heavy with roasted root vegetables while spring rice bowls will have asparagus and lots of fresh herbs. Every single ingredient in the rice bowl can be changed, including the rice!
Rice Bowls with Fresh Tomato Salsa
Growing Green Tomatoes
Don’t you love meals that you make once and eat for two days? I do! Make sure to reuse the ingredients to make healthy nachos, quesadillas with all the fixings, or mason jar salads to take to school or work.
Ingredients for Rice Bowl
Direction for Rice Bowl
Start grains and proteins. While they cook, chop veggies and prepare salsas. Put everything in beautiful bowls and serve buffet style. And try to remember that if full is 10, only eat to an 8! This is wise advice that I rarely follow when I make rice bowls. They are just SO good!
Ingredients for Fresh Tomato Salsa
Directions for Fresh Tomato Salsa
Combine ingredients and stir in lime juice. Correct the salt and try to share it with other people.
I often use the early morning to organize my thoughts into paragraphs. And sometimes into recipes.