Hi! Nice to meet you!
I'm Laura, a Website Designer living in Chicago, IL with my boyfriend and two cats. I am an animal lover, activist, nerd and modern day hippy. I love building websites, taking photos and cooking so this blog combines all those things wrapped up in one little delicious package!
Why not Eat Clean?
Eating clean are buzz words thats been floating around lately, but what does it mean? Clean eating has a few simple rules:
- Eating whole natural foods
- Avoiding anything overly processed
- Including protein, vegetables, grains and herbs in every meal
- Staying away from fat, salt and refined sugars
- Don't eat foods with ingredients you can't pronounce
- Eating more frequently throughout the day
- Not drinking your calories (coffee or alcohol)
- Move that body!
I practice clean eating for the most part, but when I'm dieting I like to take it one step further and find alternative replacements for grain products such as pastas, breads and rice. Thus eliminating a large amount of daily carbs, making it great for losing weight. Although, clean eating is about more than just getting lean; it's about making choices that promote optimum long-term health for your body.
For more information on clean eating visit: http://www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/smart-choices/clean-eating
Why Marinating is so Important
Marinating is one of the best ways to introduce flavor into your meat, as well as tenderize it. There are many great marinades out there that you can buy at the grocery store, but the best way to get a good marinade is to make it yourself. It often costs less than jar marinades and doesn't expire because you make just enough for what you need. There are 4 essential ingredients that are necessary for every marinade: Acid, Fat, Spices, Herb & Aromatics. Even if you don't have all 4 ingredients don't fear, what you do have will still make it taste great!
The Benefits of Herbs and Seasonings
Most of us have herbs and spices in our kitchen cabinet somewhere and they often get haphazardly added to recipes and culinary creations. Interestingly, there are many health benefits of herbs and spices, not to mention they improve the taste of so many foods! The problem is, most herbs and spices have been sitting on a grocery store shelf for a long time, and thus they don’t have much nutritional value left. I recommend growing them yourself whenever possible, but if you can’t, always purchase high quality organic ones.