The next step in the Imagination series . . .
You may have heard of Nutrition Action. It’s a great newsletter that has really opened my eyes to what is actually inthe processed foods we so merrily munch. A recent article was particularly interesting. It pitted the Top 10 Super Foods against the 10 Worst Processed Foods, providing the nutritional lowdown on each entry. Here’s an abbreviated version:
As usual, I lapped up the dirt on all the fat, salt, calories and chemicals in foods like Marie Callender’s pot pies, Campbell’s Soups and the Olive Garden trio plate. But I could only do that because I had imagination, i.e., I can look at the list of 10 Super Foods and imagine a dozen alternatives to the Top 10 Worst that are not only scrumptious but health-giving as well. I don’t have to depend on Marie, Campbell or Olive for food, flavor and comfort at end of the day.
For a lot of people, however, those foods are a main source of food, flavor and comfort, so it isn’t so fun to read the dirt on processed foods. Lacking the imagination to free ourselves from that trap, we look at the Super Food list and think, “Oh great, a dinner of salmon with spinach and brown rice plus fat-free milk to drink. Oh great, crispbreads with oranges for snack. Oh great, frozen butternut squash steamed with kale for lunch.” Faced with that kind of lineup, it’s hard to imagine healthful eating as anything but dismal!
But what if the Super Food list were enhanced by a little imagination. Take a look my Super Food meal list from the past couple weeks:
What you will gather from this list is that we face a translation problem. Each of the plain old super foods on the list actually translates into a delightfully delicious dish! But we often don’t know this–and very often can’t even envision it.
Hence the need for need for revving up the imagination. If 2012 is your year to begin a healthy eating lifestyle, here’s a good starting point: Envision the Super Foods as the basis for hundreds of incredible meals that beat the heck out of Marie’s pot pies. You may not be able to picture those meals, and you may not fully believe that statement, but can you at least:
- Imagine a world where healthful meals are as good, satisfying and comforting as a bowl of Haagan Daz or Cold Stone.
- Imagine eating foods and feeling really good–not guilty–about what you’ve eaten.
- Imagine that you could experience incredible health by eating deliciously delightful meals.
What you need to know is that these imagined scenarios are all true. I can say this with complete confidence because I’ve been in this wonderful world for many years and it only gets better and better. I hope you’ll join me this year–starting with just a leap of imagination.
Ready for the next steps:
- See the first post in the Imagination series
- Make this recipe for Winter Squash Patties and experience fast, healthy comfort
- Join us for a Whole Kitchen class where we translate super foods into super meals all the time. Our next series begins in mid-February.
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