If you have ever asked yourself “Why is healthy food so dull?” you are not alone. Many times I have heard people say “If it tastes good it must be bad for me”. This does not have to be the case as you will read below. Medical author Andrew Weil believes some Dietitians, Nutritionists and the writers of diet books do not really like food or do not derive significant pleasure from eating. As a Dietitian, I was initially shocked by such a discriminating statement.
Of course I love food, I’ve made a career out of it!
After some more careful thought, I realize there may be some truth in this statement. Different people derive different pleasures out of eating. As I Dietitian I derive pleasure not only from the flavor but also from knowing how the food affects my body. If I had to break it down I may get 60% of the pleasure from the taste, 20% knowing it’s good for me and another 20% for the surroundings such as how it looks, where it was grown and the occasion for eating. Luckily I married a man who would never even consider breaking down the pleasure of food into percentages. My husband is a true fan of
The first few times my husband made his “famous” meatball recipe I was the equivalent of a “back seat” chef peering over his shoulder…”Do you really need all that oil? Is that extra lean ground beef? The end result was always fabulous and I eventually learned not to watch. He has slowly adapted to use less oil,
It is important to remember that healthy food can be just as pleasurable as decadent food – it may just take a bit more creativity and a little time to adjust your tastes. Here is a family recipe for
Fabulous Flank Steak Marinade:
Mix 1/4 cup each of oil, soy sauce and honey.
Add 2 Tbs vinegar
1 minced clove garlic
1 tsp ground ginger (or fresh ginger) and 1 chopped green onion
Mix well and pour over a scored flank steak (300-600grams)
Refrigerate overnight or a minimum of 2 hours. Barbeque or broil to desired doneness
Slice thinly against the grain and serve with marinade (boil marinade before serving).
Tastes great and good for you. Enjoy!