I once complained to a doctor (who happens to be my uncle) about how difficult it is to switch to a healthier diet. “I really don’t like oatmeal,’ I opined. He replied, “who said you have to eat oatmeal? If you hate it, then skip it. You must eat healthily, but you also need to eat well.”
That conversation was truly life-changing as it altered my perspective on nutrition in the best possible way. It is about making smart, informed choices that ensure you are putting good things into your body while not compromising on flavour. Having enjoyable meals secure the sustainability of your new life choices.
Food lovers can make small tweaks to their favourite meals to pack them with nutrients, even if they are still indulgent. Here are a few of my favourite healthy dishes and ingredients that are more nutritious alternatives.
1. Barley Risotto from Viaje
Barley is a nutrient-packed cereal grain that is high in insoluble fibre (the good stuff) which aids in digestion, helps you lose weight, lowers cholesterol, and can prevent colon cancer. It also scores high in magnesium content which plays an important role in insulin production, helping keep blood glucose levels in check. Chef Kevin Uy’s barley risotto is packed with the rich flavours of mushrooms, parmesan, leeks, and bacon that this feels more like an indulgence rather than a nutritious meal, yet it is.