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So why eat healthier?

The Art of “Good-for-You”

As our lives get busier and busier, it becomes increasingly difficult to provide nutritious, “good-for-you” meals that don’t take all day long to prepare.  Enter the one- or two-pot meal.  I am the queen of this style of cooking.  My mantra?  The fewer dishes to wash, the happier the cook.

Shopping fresh markets, pre-meal prepping, and strategic use of ingredients all makes for healthier, easier meals.

Now, listen, I am definitely not the poster child for organization and pre-planning.  My meals usually consist of taking some kind of protein out of the freezer, then staring at it as it thaws wondering what kind of magical concoction I will whip up, using this melting mass as the centerpiece.  If you are like me, then this post is for you.

A Little Background

I am a fifty-something menopausal woman—read:  gains weight at the drop of a hat—who has battled IBS her whole life and is married to a seventy-something borderline diabetic…ITALIAN.  We cannot afford to take nutrition lightly.  Every morsel, every tasty tidbit, has to count for something.  So, I aim high on the flavor train, low on the carbs and traditional sweets wagon.  I go as natural as comfortably possible without being neurotic, buy organic and local when I can, and steer clear of dump-it-from-a-box-or-pouch type meals.  I work with…and here’s the magic word…INGREDIENTS.  My grocery bill is astronomical.  But, my healthcare bill, thus far, is not.  So, one could deduce from this one simple thing:  garbage in/garbage out, good stuff in/good stuff out.  It’s really that simple.

Where Does This All Tie In to Skincare?

And, what does this have to do with soap, candles, and mostly natural bath and body?  Well, this:  we have to treat the INSIDE of us just as well as the OUTSIDE.  Good skin starts inside.

Good for the inside, good for the outside.

So rather than stop at “Gee, here’s the latest and greatest thing I’ve made–go buy it”, I want to address some steps that we, as an individuals, can take to take charge of our inner “you”.  Our skin is our largest organ, and it is fed by what we put INSIDE.  Will this be a magic bullet to fix all our ailments and woes?  Well, no.  Remember, it took years of bad decisions and habits to get into the shape we’re in now.  Why would one change miraculously fix everything in a single move?  Better, think CUMULATIVE.  Each good decision, each good choice or action, will lead to a little bit better health and well-being.

Examples, Please!

OK.  So enough preaching about the principles.  Let’s put some of this knowledge into action.

ABP: Always Be Prepared…just kidding. I only wear this get-up when I’m making soap and B&B items…

For our first example, I am going to share my recipe for a great little dish I made for supper last night:  Beef and Broccoli.  Yes, Chinese food.  No, not take-out.  Home-cooked.  From i-n-g-r-e-d-i-e-n-t-s.  And, the recipe for the stir fry sauce can have many more applications.  It’s adaptable.

So, without further ado, here is the nitty-gritty details:

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry
1 Package Fajita Beef Strips–bonus points if you can get them from your local fresh/farmer’s market
1 head fresh or 1 bag frozen broccoli florets
1 medium sweet onion, sliced (Vidalia or Mayan Sweets work well)
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
Olive oil
Fresh or ground ginger, to your taste
Stir Fry Sauce, recipe below
Jasmine or Basmati Rice, cooked according to package directions.
For Stir Fry Sauce:
Combine: 1 c. broth (beef for beef dishes, chicken for chicken dishes, or veggie for veggie dishes), 1 heaping tsp. boullion, 1/4 c. molasses, 1/4 c. soy sauce (I use the low-sodium variety), 1-3 tsp. grated, fresh ginger (or about 1/4 tsp. dried-ground), 1/2 tsp. ground coriander, 1 tsp. sesame oil, about 1 Tbsp. minced garlic (less, if you are not a garlic fan), and a heaping Tbsp. cornstarch in a mason jar. Close with lid and SHAKE-SHAKE-SHAKE. *
Cook veggies to tender-crisp and set aside in a bowl .  Saute the meat in a small amount of olive oil until mostly done, then return veggies to the skillet and pour in stir fry sauce, bringing to a boil while stirring frequently. Boil for 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat and serve over a bed of rice.
Now, wasn’t that easy?
*For a darker sauce, you can also add about 1 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet Liquid Browning Sauce, but it is an optional ingredient.

The Bottom Line

Now, eat up and enjoy.  You’re well on your way to making good, even great, food choices to feed that beautiful skin of yours!




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