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Monday, February 9, 2015

Stop Being Afraid Of Healthy Food; Your Life Depends On It!

Ladies, don’t psych yourself outta your health! I hear so many people say “Ewww that’s nasty” about foods they have NEVER tasted. I say expand your horizons girl, 90% of food we perceive as nasty likely tastes great! Did you know just about very meal your granny threw down on could be made healthy and just as good? Well…Chitterlings are the exception.

Lets start off with ground turkey; it is nothing to stick your nose up at! When cooked and seasoned properly it can taste better than a Big Mac! Think about it like this, steak is to ground beef as turkey is to ground turkey, same concept except ground turkey is significantly healthier for you! Another thing to consider, every 20 something that is ‘thick wit it’ has to realize that eventually all that fried food is going to eventually ‘stick wit you’!

Cardiovascular disease is the NUMBER ONE killer of African American women; it claims the lives of more women than all cancers combined. One mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, or wife dies every minute due to heart disease. Ladies, I’m going to let that sink in. By the way, February is also American Heart Month; learn the signs of heart attack and stroke at www.heart.org.

We all know that Black don’t Crack, but if we want to live long enough to see that happen we’ve got to start taking responsibility for our health! I don’t think Jada Pinkette Smith, Angela Basset, or Sanaa Lathan is frying chicken every week, or drinking pop (or soda) everyday, and they sure aren’t smashing peach cobbler every Sunday. These women drink water everyday, eat healthy meals, and are physically active. I know we’re all busy, but if we could all take 20-30 minutes of our day and just walk that would actually be a huge help!

I love eating… I love it! But since I am hereditary at risk for diabetes and cancer (6 family members with diabetes, 5 family members with cancer) I've got to take action and so do you! Since I do love to eat and want to eat healthier I started to learn how to make those meals my granny cooked with a healthy twist on it. Ladies if you want to stick around to see your kids graduate from college, see your grand kids, live a healthy full diva-licious life we got to do better and it starts with YOU! Be the influence in your family to make change!

In closing I want you all to know that you’re a Queen your life and legacy matters!


To get you started on a new healthier path I’m going to share with you my FAVE meal of all time: chicken wings, greens, and yams!




         

















Directions:

Clean sweet potatoes, wrap in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake sweet potatoes in oven on 400 degrees for about an hour to an hour and a half, or until soft. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled remove potato skins and place in a large bowl. Add honey, cinnamon, and a ¼ tablespoon of salt. Stir until well incorporated, for an extra bit of zest you can add about a teaspoon of lemon juice.
Rinse off chicken wings and place in a bowl or large zip lock bag, drizzle with olive oil and add paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, honey, and salt and pepper. Stir until all the chicken wings are coated. Place in oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes (I like mine a little brown as you can see, lol).
In a large pot on medium heat drizzle 1-tablespoon olive oil, put chopped onions and garlic in and sauté them down. Clean greens, roll and cut into strips or pieces (how every you cut your greens is fine), place in pot and let sizzle for 3-5 minutes. Then add in 3 cups of water, cover and let cook for 10 minutes. Add in 2 tablespoons of salt and ½ tablespoon of pepper to taste, cover again and let cook an additional 45 minutes.

Now realize you just cooked a healthy delicious meal your mamma would be proud of, and you only used 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 ½ tablespoons of salt! Oh, and your man will probably love this meal as well…


Once everything is cooked, you know what to do!




If you’d like more information on cooking and eating healthier please check out my blog www.afewhungrygirls.com or follow me on IG and Twitter: @afewhungrygirls, I can be emailed questions at afewhungrygirls@gmail.com! Also, if your seeking a dietary lifestyle change (NOT a diet), please read the “Cut the Crap” tab on my blog!

By Ray B -Ms Vixen Contributor

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