Can We Have Some Healthy Choices?

Isn’t it a shame that in this day and age it’s sometimes a challenge to eat healthier?  I can’t help but wonder how successful a restaurant that offered good, fast, healthy food would do – even in this economy.  Honestly, I would go visit them.  It’s hard sometimes to find anything remotely healthy on any of the menus of the popular restaurants.  It seems everything is super-sized, and loaded in calories.  Even some of the salad choices aren’t really healthy when you start looking at them.

 I find myself wanting to eat healthier and after looking up some of our favorite recipes realize I need to revamp and toss out a lot of them, not just for everyday meals, but for holidays too.  Sure, I love the turkey and dressing, the sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, pecan pie and so many more dishes that are popular that time of year, but are they really good for us?  No, not really and make matters worse we pile it all on the plate generously, and then go back for more later in the day, especially at Thanksgiving.  It’s the American way, right?

Well, this year I want to have good dishes – as close to traditional as possible, but more healthy.  I am not sure where to begin, but I have been scouring some of the various cookbooks and also utilizing some stellar websites like www.Allrecipes.com which is a great resource containing recipes from many popular magazines, for just about any occasion you can come up with.  Many of the recipes are also posted with nutritional facts and helpful hints for adding flavor, cutting calories or making them healthier.    The other website I frequent is www.EatRightAmerica.com which also emails recipes and helpful hints.  They also offer lots of information on High Cholesterol, Hypertension, Migraines, Heart Disease and Allergies. 

 I love that so many blogs are dedicated to cooking and trying new recipes.  There’s so much information available now that it can be overwhelming at times.  Still, that is why it really bothers me that there are not more healthy alternative restaurants out there, there really should be.

 Cherry Coley ©

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