Food, Health

Healthy Eating

My daughter has been having a lot of tummy troubles recently and usually quite shortly after having had a meal.

The doctor advised her to cut down on foods containing white flour products for a while. So no bread, no pasta, no salted crackers, no pizza, no cake ๐Ÿ˜ณ

So on the weekend, we decided to change our menu to coincide with the warmer spring weather. Just for two weeks to start off with.

The menu looks something like this:

Breakfast options:

Fruit smoothie or eggs (any way but fried) or oats. Usually we just have avocado pear on toast but that is now out the window.

Lunch options:

Green salad ( with chicken or tuna or cheese) or couscous salad or roast veg salad or a couple of the new very tasty lentil/chickpea/quinoa veggie crackers topped with cottage cheese. Oh yum ๐Ÿ˜‹

Veggie crackers with chunky cottage cheese

Dinner options:

Chicken with roast veg or moussaka with green salad or lettuce cups with sweet corn soup or stuffed gem squash or tofu and cashew nut vegetable stir fry with rice or gazpacho topped with chunky avocado pear. We’ve decided that Sunday’s will be fresh fish day, but we’ll couple that with eating out at a restaurant that makes lovely whole steamed fish with ginger and scallions.

Snacks:

Raw nuts (walnuts from our tree or almonds from the shop) or yoghurt or fresh berries (in abundance right now) or all three in one ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I went healthy eating shopping yesterday and as luck would have it, I couldn’t find minced pork at the shops which is required for two of the dishes. I will have to make a plan to get to the butcher.

In South Africa, meat and fish markets are a little out of the way, so most people purchase their meat and fish from their local supermarket. But supermarkets tend to stock a selection of cuts and they don’t always have everything in stock. And of course, they sometimes sell out because of variation in demand.

So today we started on our healthy eating plan. Yay ๐Ÿ˜

We had oats for breakfast. My daughter had hers with butter and honey (decadent!) and I went with the healthier option and had mine with some low fat milk.

Neither of us had lunch but I had two veggie crackers with chunky cottage cheese at 15h00. By the time I got home, I was starving!

Our dinner tonight was gem squash stuffed with Chinese style beef meatballs. This is actually a Chinese winter dish but we love it and eat it all year round. We usually make the meatballs with minced pork but tonight we made the meatballs with beef mince and it was equally delish!

Half a gem squash stuffed with Chinese style meatballs

Gem squash is a very popular vegetable in South Africa and is hard to find outside of South Africa. We usually enjoy the squash cut in half and steamed or boiled, with a little butter popped into the hollow left by the removal of the seeds. Baby gem squash is very tender and may be eaten with the skin and pips. And many enjoy the squash dressed up with creamed sweet corn, covered with cheese and grilled until the cheese is bubbly and melted.

Fully grown gem squash

Until next time โ˜•๏ธ

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