Are your kids junk food junkies? Most people don’t think too much about their health until it’s too late. But, you don’t have to wait until someone in your family has a serious health problem. Get started now by sneaking in good eats in the form of healthy foods. Here’s how.
Cut Liver Into Your Meatloaf Recipe
Liver is an amazing superfood that goes unrecognized by almost everyone - even health food nuts. Why is liver so good for you? Because it’s the place the body stores vital nutrients. Contrary to popular belief, the liver does not store toxins. It produces enzymes that break down toxic substances so that they can be eliminates from the body. But, the liver itself stores b-vitamins, vitamin A (it’s the richest source in the modern diet), choline (which is essential for clearance of lipids from the blood), iron, copper, and zinc.
Pound for pound, it’s even more nutritious than the most nutritious vegetables.
You can replace an ounce or two of ground chuck with beef or calf’s liver (calf’s liver is milder in taste) per pound of hamburger, and it’s unlikely that anyone will notice, especially if you work onions, garlic, or cinnamon into the recipe (cinnamon is incredibly good in hamburger, and pairs well with salt to help bring out the taste of the meat). And, that’s all you really need to get the full benefits of this amazing superfood.
Make Low-Sugar Versions Of Desserts
When your family reaches for dessert, they’re probably consuming an extra 300-500 calories per serving. Ouch. One way to get your family to cut back on all of these gluttonous foods is to replace the high-sugar and fat versions with low-sugar recipes (i.e. “diabetic recipes”). Here are some great diabetes recipes to get you started.
Most of these will taste just like their high-sugar counterparts. Your family will probably not notice. A few types of desserts don’t translate well - the kinds where the sugar is needed as a bulking agent or it needs to brown or caramelize. But, in most cases, you should be fine.
Make Real Vegetable Stock For Soups
This is an easy win if your family loves soups. Most people buy expensive vegetable stocks that (oddly enough) don’t actually have vegetables in them. The solution to this dilemma is simple - make your own. Buy a stalk or two of celery and an onion. Get yourself some rosemary, and you’ve got the perfect base for a stock to make any kind of vegetable-based soup.
To this, you can add carrots, zucchini (or any other type of squash), kale, broccoli, or just about any vegetable (cucumbers tend not to work well though), and your family will be getting the benefits of the vegetables in the stock, plus a hearty meal.
Cook Up Some Southern Comfort
Most people forgot classic cooking in favor of the “quick meal.” But, there’s really no need to do this - not when making good food is so easy. Black beans and rice, for example, is a classic southern dish and is dead-simple to make. Soak some black or pinto beans overnight and rinse them off. Then, dump them into a crock pot with some onion (chopped) and celery (also chopped). Let it cook until the beans are tender, but not mushy. That’s it - that’s literally it.
Lentils can be made the same way.
For the rice, you simply add 2 cups of water per one cup of right and boil it on high for 10 minutes. It will be perfectly cooked. There’s the base of a health and hearty meal for the whole family.
Alfred Landers has witnessed the healing powers of eating healthy. A father with a passion for blogging, he hopes to help others by sharing what works for him on the web. You can read his articles on a variety of today's top websites and blogs.