Healthy Choices

Healthy Choices

Well, we are almost halfway through January in 2014.  How are your diets holding up?  We at Sara’s want you to know that you CAN do it!  Don’t get discourage if you fell off the wagon, get back on!  It is NEVER too late to make a change.  Diet’s are like clothes, sometimes they are in and sometimes they are out.  Rather than beat yourself up over failing at your diet, try and make simple changes.

The number one cause of excess weight is the complex and processed carb.  This includes potatoes, white rice, pasta, sugar and anything made with flour.  With that being said, if you resolve to cut these items out of your diet completely, you are setting yourself up to fail!  Instead, make choices about what you are going to eat.  For instance, the typical meal at the burger joint is a burger, fries and a drink.  In order to be successful, choose one item of those that you want to consume.  For me, it is the soda!  So I order a lettuce wrapped burger with sweet potato fries so that I can enjoy my soda!  If fries are your thing, then order a lettuce wrapped burger with water.  If you can’t imagine a burger without a bun, then choose the sweet potato fries and water.  It is all about choice!  What is most important to you??

Finally, make it yourself!  It isn’t really as hard as it seems to cook healthy meals at home!  Here at Sara’s we have so many healthy items for you to choose from.  Plan your meals ahead of time and make a grocery list so that you stay on track.  This will not only help your waistline, it will help your budget too!

Come on by and check out all the things we have to offer that will help you stay on track and lose weight!  We believe in you!  You CAN do it!

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Here are a couple of our healthy favorites. 🙂

Quinoa Tabouli

Ingredients 

2 cups water

1 cup quinoa

1 pinch salt

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 tomatoes, diced

1 cucumber, diced

2 bunches green onions, diced

2 carrots, grated

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

 

Directions

  1. In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add quinoa and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature; fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice, tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, carrots and parsley. Stir in cooled quinoa.

Simple Hummus

Ingredients

1 15-ounce can chickpeas

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon

1/4 cup tahini

1/2 of a large garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving

1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 to 3 tablespoons water

Dash of ground paprika for serving

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and process for 30 seconds. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making smooth and creamy hummus possible.
  2. Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin and the salt to whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.
  3. Open can of chickpeas, drain liquid then rinse well with water. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor then process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth.
  4. Most likely the hummus will be too thick or still have tiny bits of chickpea. To fix this, with the food processor turned on, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the consistency is perfect.
  5. Scrape the hummus into a bowl then drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika.
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