These healthy cooking recipes can come in handy when you feel like adding some fire to your food.
When it comes to making a healthier cooked food meal, we like to keep it simple using whole food ingredients. We have a few favorites we like to make when we get the urge to eat something cooked.
Although we advocate a mostly raw food diet, or "high raw" diet, we don't like the idea of being too strict and setting up unhealthy parameters.
So, on occasion, we might eat a bit of cooked grain, beans, steamed veggies, baked sweet potato, raw dairy, fish and, yes, sometimes meat.
I try to follow my own guidance, not what "I think I should eat", but rather... "what does my body need or crave?"
Sometimes, cravings for certain foods are an indication of these needs, and sometimes there not. Learning to understand the subtle differences is key.
We ALL feel the emotional fixations we have to food once in awhile. These fixations can be a reaction to stress, cold environments, societal pressures (via food advertising) or an urge to revisit our childhood comfort food favorites.
Its all good! For these reasons though, it is nice to have some options on the back burner (so-to-speak) when you feel the urge to eat steamed, fried, or baked foods.
But, I understand, sometimes you just want plain cooked food and there is nothing wrong with that because there are lots of healthy possibilities in this department.
These healthy cooking recipes offer a greater balance toward the superhealth side of the diet spectrum when you get that cooked food craving.
Try some of the recipes below!
When I eat cooked food I notice it tends to make me drowsy, foggy, and tired... it seems harder to get up in the morning.
That's why I decided to create ways to make some cooked foods healthier to avoid any unpleasant side effects.
1) Lightly steam veggies on low heat so that they still retain their vibrant color and drink the liquid broth.
2) Soak and rinse grains and beans before you cook them. This gets rid of any factors that inhibit
seaweeds to your cooking recipes to give them more nutrition via vitamins and minerals.
dulse are great ones to add to soups or sauces that camouflage them well if you don't like the flavor.
4) Eat only cooked food that has been freshly made and avoid eating left overs that create toxins in the body.
5) Blend in raw foods and
wild edible plants. This helps with digestion and moves things through a lot smoother.
6) When cooking with oil, use only an organic coconut oil that can handle at high heat temps.
8) Take an enzyme super supplement before you eat a cooked food meal to help add back some of the enzymes that are lost through the cooking process.
Cooking food takes the water out of it and can cause dehydration in the body.
You can add the water back to cooked foods by including some kind of raw vegetables, sprouts, wild edible greens, or green leafy vegetables. Also, drinking any left over liquid broth, especially when steaming veggies, can give you back the minerals as well as the water content.
Like we mentioned, including raw fiber and enzyme rich foods is best for colon health.
We hope you enjoy these healthy cooking recipes and cooking tips. These recipes are some of our favorites that are fairly easy to prepare, once you are stocked up on a few fermented foods like miso, tempeh, and sauerkraut. They are all important condiments to cooked meals!