Love those Vibrant Veggies!

Light and Vibrant Health

This weekend, when I was walking around my Farmer’s market, and then later around my local Whole Foods, it occurred to me that when I looked at fresh, local, farm produce, it nearly vibrated with light and vibrant health.  Early tomatoes glowed, eggplant shimmered, and cabbage was jumping out of its skin … and I immediately understood that they would have a similar effect on my health, the visible (skin, hair, energy) and the invisible parts (disease-fighting, hormonal balance, etc).

In contrast, nothing in a package even winked, they just kind of sat there.   Seemed kind of dead and desolate by comparison.

I know what I’m eating these days!  Check out my Vibrant Health Recipes page for vibrant veggie cooking inspiration!

Oscar-Worthy Healthy Celebrations

The 2013 Academy Awards are tonight, February 24, 2013

The 2013 Academy Awards are tonight, February 24, 2013

Are you celebrating the Academy Awards with friends or family tonight?

Don’t use it as an excuse to blow your commitment to healthy eating … use it as an opportunity to introduce others to how DELICIOUS real food can be!  Wouldn’t you prefer that your friends remember your amazing Kale Quinoa Tabbouleh than remember a post-party pizza-wings-chips hangover?

And, healthy celebrations do NOT have to be boring – quite the contrary!  One of the best things about healthy foods is how beautiful they are.  Cheese and veggie platters can be virtual works of art … nature’s rainbow!  Imagine an hour into your party: contrast cold, congealed pizza with avocado chimichurri bruscetta or layered fiesta salad.

Need ideas?  Here are a few to get you started!

The fabulous Jamie Oliver has whipped up an Oscar-winning menu of ideas.

Healthy celebratory ideas from Frances Largeman-Roth, RD.

The Examiner.com even added some healthy “formal” cookies :-)

Fitness magazine has published a guide of the “10 Healthiest Party Foods.”

 

Palate and the Plate

Eat Yourself Well - Dinner When most people think of a healthy lifestyle, they think of what they are giving up … but if you put a little thought into it, you can easily remind yourself of what you are gaining:  beautiful, vibrant health!

The plate on the left contains yellow french beans, avocado, spinach, tomatoes, spices, olive oil, vinegar and a little grated mozzarella cheese, but the net effect is arguably more appetizing than any burger and fries could ever be!  In fact, most healthy foods are absolutely gorgeous, and don’t require much imagination to be composed into a mouthwatering presentation.

Also, pay attention to your choices of platter and plate colors and shapes.  Check out this article about an Oxford/Polytechnic University of Valencia study about the link between presentation and perception.

I would love to see pics of your best presentation!  Send them to jennifer at <the name of this blog> and I’ll post some of the best!