Dig in to a Healthy New Approach to Eating
Healthy wholesome foods are free of chemicals and preservatives, and in the case of organic, they are grown without the use of pesticides. Sadly, in our culture, eating food the way it is meant to be is actually more expensive then eating fast food and unwholesome foods loaded with additives and preservatives.
There are two main versions of eating wholesome foods. The purist or extreme version we will refer to as organic; a compromise version is the most realistic approach.
Cooking meals without the addition of preservatives and chemical additives yields wholesomeness that your family or guest will benefit from.
The main difference between the two approaches is that organic tends to stay obedient to using organic foods. Organic foods are grown specifically avoiding chemicals, pesticides and preservatives.
Our body is an amazing creation designed to take in foods and turn them into fuel for the brain, muscles, organs, and heart for daily functions. It has the ability to filter these foods removing toxins and things the body can’t use. The liver is used to detoxify, while the kidney filters the blood of toxins in our bodies.
We are exposed to toxins in our daily life. They hit us in the form of smoke, chlorine, preservatives, vapors, pesticides, fats, drugs, etc. The common element to all of them is that they are not meant to be in our bodies, so our bodies work to get rid of them. Our organs can get bogged down by the extreme processing of toxins.
There should be no big surprise to us that when we consume excess calories, they are processed and the excess is stored as fat on our bodies. Our body needs a degree of fat to perform functions such as protecting our organs, and insulating our body and transporting certain vitamins. Aside from the body sustaining functions, fat is stored in excess on our bodies as a home for toxins our liver has excreted.
Combined with 15 to 20 minutes of physical activity each day, a balanced, wholesome food diet will lead you to a healthier life. Furthermore, a healthier lifestyle will lead to a body that has a good preventive maintenance plan.
This will not eliminate illness but it will lead to you feeling better and possessing a stronger immune system.
Now that I’ve fed your mind, it’s time to feed your body.
24 oz. strip steak
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. fresh rosemary leaves
1 tsp. roasted garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
10 oz. spring mixed salad greens
6 oz. grape tomatoes
16 slices of cucumber
1 French baguette
1 lb. fresh medium sized asparagus spears (peel bottom half and cut off a third)
4 oz. wholesome or homemade salad dressing
Brush strip steaks with olive oil. Dust with seasonings and rub with roasted garlic, but reserve some seasonings for asparagus. In a bowl, combine asparagus, balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and remaining spices. Let set 2 hours. Grill steaks on high for 3–5 minutes, searing the outside. Remove from high heat and continue to cook on medium heat until desired temperature has been achieved. Place asparagus across the grates of the grill and turn occasionally until golden and tender. Toss greens with your dressing, place on dinner plate, then top with tomato cucumber and asparagus. Slice strip steaks across the grain and place on top. Serve with slices of French bread.
Executive Chef Michael Davis, CEC, is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation. He believes that the creative innovation of wholesome foods is the best approach to eating. For more information, contact Chef Davis at MrChefDavis@gmail.com