The holidays are a time to come together and dine together. Mulled cider, freshly baked cookies, and honey baked ham are just a few of the wonderful scents emanating from the kitchen each holiday season. “Food is our common ground, a universal experience” (James Beard), so what better way to celebrate each other this time of year then to gather around the table. But, once the relatives have gone and the New Year commences, many of us feel the need to reform our eating habits and, either get back into our routine, or start anew with a more balanced diet.
So, what are some ways we can we practically adjust our lifestyle towards healthier eating? For some, simply changing their approach to food will make all the difference. One Dallas restaurant, Seasons 52, believes that it’s all in how you prepare it. Seasons 52 says “We use natural cooking techniques such as wood-fire grilling, brick-oven cooking and caramelizing vegetables to let the natural flavors shine through. And we execute precision with seasoning, and oil with control and care to ensure just the right amount is used to bring out the great flavor profiles. An added benefit to this style is that our menu items are naturally lower in calories. In fact, we make a promise that nothing on our menu is over 475 calories. The result is great tasting, highly satisfying food that just so happens to be good for you” (http://www.seasons52.com/locations/?restaurantid=4526). It’s definitely worth a visit to their Northpark location for some inspiration but, maybe one way that you could implement this style of cooking and eating in your everyday life is to commit to cooking at home more often. Pick up a few cookbooks, enroll in a local cooking class, visit your neighborhood market and have some fun! Sur la Table and Central Market offer some great classes to get you started. In fact, this evening Sur la Table will be featuring a class called, Healthy Happy New Year by FOOD & WINE Magazine. For a full list of classes visit them on the web at http://www.surlatable.com/category/Web-Cooking-Root/Cooking-Classes.
Don’t have time to spend in the kitchen? You are not alone. Which is why there are plenty of options out there for those who would rather let someone else do the cooking but, still want to ensure their food is healthy and nutritious. If that sounds like you, check out My Fit Foods. “Founder Mario Mendias, started cooking meals for his clients who were too busy to shop and prepare healthy meals with a time crunched schedule” (https://www.myfitfoods.com/our-story).