I used to be on the fence regarding healthy eating habits. I used to think I could consume anything and pay no price whatsoever. I was always active during my younger years, seemingly burning off whatever I took in. Those days passed by pretty quickly and now I choose what I eat very carefully. The changes I made weren’t drastic, but gradual. Over time I’ve come to realize that it’s easier to eat healthy when you’re living healthy, and vice-versa. Not exactly rocket science, but not necessarily simple either.
We All Make Mistakes:
Case in point, there’s a popular New England based donut shop that confronts me every time I catch the train home from work. You’ve probably heard of it. If I’m in a hurry, I won’t look twice at it. But some days I have a little extra time to spare. If I take a seat anywhere near the front counter, that little Boston Cream in the bottom row (yes, the nasty one that’s been sitting there since morning) starts calling my name. I try not to pay attention, but the more I ignore, the more I get sucked into its magnetic pull. I wave the white flag in defeat and give into the craving, which is certainly gratifying. But after a few moments, the feeling is gone and I’m left to contemplate my decision. Despair starts to set in. Call it a guilty conscious, call it whatever you want. I’m now forced into a battle with my mind for the next 45 minutes instead of reading or writing. I could’ve been productive, but now I’m beating myself up.
It’s important to note that we all make mistakes, even while trying really hard to reinforce good habits. If I take a look at it from the bright side, I only ate one Boston Cream and not a half-dozen. I think we all make some decisions to keep our minds focused and conscious clear. Most of the time it’s for the better, but nobody’s perfect and we all make mistakes.
Eye Healthy Recipes:
Every so often I’ll come up with simple, nutritious, eye healthy recipes. The more proper nutrition we give our body, the less junk it craves. This particular recipe is one that you can enjoy for either breakfast, lunch, even dinner.
It’s quick, easy, and good for the eyes.
Always try to purchase organic ingredients whenever possible. If unable to do so, be sure to wash everything prior to adding. A good way to clean your vegetables is to soak them in water with one cup of white vinegar for about twenty minutes. This technique should strip off most harmful pesticides.
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 4 carrots
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1 cup of kale
- 2 organic eggs
- 2 tablespoons of butter (preferably from grass fed cows)
- 1 tablespoon of flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 cup of full fat plain yogurt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Chop vegetables into bite-sized pieces
- Melt butter on the stove
- Using a baking sheet, place all the vegetables onto the sheet
- Pour melted butter over the vegetables
- Bake for about 35 minutes
When finished, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool. The contents should be soft, but not mushy.
Now it’s time to poach the eggs so bring a pot of water to boil on the stove top. Gently crack the eggs and let them cook in the boiling water for about 7 minutes. Next, spread a half-cup of yogurt into each bowl and add the vegetables from the baking sheet evenly. Finally, add a tablespoon of flax and chia seeds to each bowl and drop the poached egg on top. Sprinkle some sea salt to taste and ENJOY.