How do I start the whole foods plant thing?

I have been asked this question a few times.  What’s the best way to start a whole foods based approach to nutrition.  The best idea that I have seen was recommended in the Engine 2 diet book.

http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/engine-2-diet

First week,  try to get breakfast right.  Second week, try to get lunch right.  Third week, start working on the dinners.

So for breakfast, why not try 1-2 cups of oatmeal, 1/2 of berries, 2 bananas and 1/2 cup of soy or almond milk.  If you want to get fancy, add 2 Tbsp of ground flax meal and some cinnamon to your oatmeal.  Done!  You are now on your way.

 

Soaking Walnuts – Are you nuts?

I had never heard the idea of freezing your nuts to extend shelf life.  Nuts once out of the shell do not have a very long shelf life – think weeks before they start to become rancid.  So now when I go to the big box store and buy nuts, in the freeze they go.

But what about soaking nuts?  Soaking makes them more beneficial to the body and increases the nutrition.  I have included two links below that discuss the topic in more detail.

https://nouveauraw.com/soaking-nuts-seeds-and-grains/walnuts-soaking-and-drying/

http://wellnessmama.com/59139/soaking-nuts-seeds/

So each week or so, I take a cupful from the freezer, soak them, dry them and replenish my stock.  Maybe this isn’t so nuts!

Hummus Hommus Healthy?

People trying to eat more plants find hummus an easy way to get in your three servings of beans a day.  However, store bought hummus isn’t really that good for you.

The link below shows us a typical food label from a hummus maker.  177 calories out of 140 is from fat or about 60%+.  It’s mostly from all the olive oil they add.  But olive oil is the problem.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/hannah-organic-singles-classic-hommus-net-carbs-hummus-291322493

However, if you follow a recipe like this one, you can have a fresh, healthy version for pennies.  Tip:  making it in a blender will require more liquid than a Cuisinart.  A Vitamix blender is a great tool for the job.

Tip:  If you eat out at a Mediterranean Restaurant, ask for the hummus without the extra olive oil they dress on top.  The dish will still be high in fat, but not as bad as adding another TBSP of oil.