Hey health nuts, happy Tuesday!
It's the New Year and you're motivated to stick to your resolutions. But let's be honest, healthy eating (sometimes) can be pretty boring. We pick these crazy diets for a few weeks and realize that we're HANGRY monsters by the beginning of February. We fall off the work out train, binge eat for days and dread that bikini season is literally right around the corner.
I've accepted the fact that i eat for a living. That i LOVE food, and would probably trade my left arm for it. Some people eat to live. I, live to eat. Sounds like a recipe to fatness for me!
Saying "No" to the things i want to eat just isn't an option. You mean i can't even taste that juicy cheesy bacon loaded burger? Not even a TASTE?? not even if i eat a salad for dinner?
So let's make some changes that we can actually stick to! Eating healthy doesn't mean boiled chicken breast with steamed broccoli every night. I mean, if you want to hate life.. then go ahead. Find some recipes that are healthy, but still fun and exciting. like THIS ONE! It'll make sticking to your diet plans much easier and you'll find eating healthier just falls into place. Being self aware is the biggest key- make better choices at every meal and you'll notice an overall difference in the way you feel.
Tips to eating what you want and not hating life: If you're ordering that cheesy bacon burger, have a side salad instead of fries. Eat it without the bun. Eat it for lunch! not dinner.. make sure you fit in a work out that day. MODERATION is key (Says the girl who eats for a living)
Anyways- back to the salad. I was in New York over Halloween and ate at this incredible Ramen house in Brooklyn with my sweet Lindsey. She said the Bok Choy salad was a must try! of course i didn't ask the server what was in it.. because I'm a sissy like that, but i made sure to mental note that puppy for when i got home! needless to say i've been tinkering around with raw bok choy salads ever since, and this one DEFINITELY puts up a good fight!
Did you know: Bok Choy is ranked #2 out of 41 vegetables for its nutrient density? This Chinese Cabbage is loaded with good stuff! Vitamin A , C & K , Folate, Vitamin B6 and calcium.
Bok Choy Salad
-5 cups chopped Bok Choy (I like using baby bok choy which is easily found in asian grocery stores. The regular stuff is fine too! but the young ones are more tender)
-1 Fiji Apple, Julienned (Any apple laying around works too!)
-Half a lemon
-1/2 cup golden raisins
-1/4 cup Nuts. I like sliced almonds, but i used walnuts because thats what i had.
-Handful of chopped cilantro (roughly 1/4 cup)
-Handful of chopped green onion (roughly 1/4 cup)
4 tsp rice vinegar
4 tsp soy sauce
3/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbl mayo
I don't have much for instructions- I'm pretty sure you've all made a salad. The only suggestion i have is to julienne the apples and squeeze the half lemon over it. It'll help keep them stay crisp and bright and keep it from turning brown. Plus it adds nice flavor.
I always season my salads with salt and pepper too… but that's just me.
Seriously once you've tried this you'll have it many times a week. Last night i ate just this salad with Miso broiled Salmon (recipe for salmon in a previous blog post).
This was a great way to end the first monday of the New Year, and the work out that kicked my ass!
From my belly to yours, until we eat again.