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Eat Healthy….but Don’t Give Up Your Favorite Foods

April 4, 2014

When I worked as a weight loss counselor, it used to make me smile. The mournful look on people’s faces and the heavy sighs when they told me that they knew they needed to give up everything that they enjoyed in order to lose weight. I would start with a diet history- What do you eat? Often, the diet recall would consist of the bland restrictive foods that they had been eating for the past week in an attempt to change. Dry oats made with water, plain vegetables. Grilled chicken breasts.  Bland. Unseasoned. Tasteless crap that no one wanted to be eating…is it any wonder that people would lose all will power and resolve when faced with decent food? I repeat: Eat Healthy…but don’t give up your favorite foods. I do my best work with an honest account of what you like to eat. I can tell you how to modify it and make it work for you. No one wants to give up flavor or taste. No one wants to eat things that they don’t enjoy. image Look closely- my IPad doesn’t do it justice.  Sweet turkey Italian Sausage, Gnocchi, green peas, caramelized shallots in fig balsamicvinegar, basil and Parmesan. Does it look miserable? I’m eating everything that I love–in moderation. I added veggies to increase portion size without contributing a ton of calories. The whole bowl is roughly 500 calories. Not too shabby!

Recipe: Gnocchi with Sweet Italian Sausage and Caramelized Shallots.

1 package Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Links- sliced into rounds

1 package vacuum packed Gnocchi- typically available in the pasta section

1 package frozen Green Peas

2 shallots- sliced thinly

1 tbs olive oil

1 tbs fig balsamic vinegar (or substitute balsamic vinegar)

fresh basil (1/4-1/2 cup shredded)

4 tbs Parmesan cheese

salt and Pepper to taste

* brown sausage while preparing gnocchi and peas according to package directions. In small skillet, heat oil over medium and add shallots. Reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally, until shallots are caramelized- approximately 10 minutes. Add vinegar, continue to stir until liquid absorbed. Combine all ingredients and top w basil and Parmesan. Serves four.

 

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