Welcome to the The Sunday Paper, where each week I share my favorite recipes and inspiration for a happy and healthy life for you to enjoy on a leisurely Sunday. For more throughout the week, follow me on twitter, pinterest and facebook.
This week’s Sunday Paper features two fun new ways to use hummus in your cooking, why we need to stop labeling food good & bad, and the ultimate fall salad.
I hope you are are having a lovely little Sunday and able to take time to reflect on the week. It’s my first one back after three weeks out of town, first in Nashville for FNCE then in Vietnam for vacation. It’s been a tough week back, not just with jetlag, but coming back to Columbia after devastating floods. It’s a bit surreal. Driving around everything looks normal, then you’ll come across a house with dozens of boxes and garbage bags out front and just know it was from the flood. Or you’ll be driving somewhere, want to make a left turn and realize there’s cones blocking off where a road used to be. Very weird.
For my local clients, it’s been a difficult few weeks too. Many have been involved with the recovery process, helping friends and family, and were totally thrown off by being without clean water for 2 weeks. Most came in feeling pretty crappy after falling off their usual eating habits.
One thing I always remember both personally and professionally is how important failure and struggles are for success. It’s an easy fact to forget – it feels really shitty to fail! But don’t dwell on the shittiness. They key to long term success is being able to view struggles as learning opportunity, because life can throw some curve calls!
WHITE LENTIL RISOTTO WITH MUSHROOMS (My New Roots) // Can’t even deal with how creamy and dreamy those lentils look. And the wild mushroom topping? Too much.
FALL SUPERFOOD SALAD (The Hummusapien) // Roasted winter squash belongs in your salad.
QUICK FIX WHITE BEAN CHILI (Healthy Aperture) // Chili is one of those foods that brings out strong opinions in people. Oddly enough, white bean is my favorite.
BAKED APPLE ORCHARD CRUMBLE WITH SALTED COCONUT CREAM (Nutrition Stripped) // Salted caramel cream and roasted fruit were made for each other. For further evidence, please see roasted bananas with salted coconut cream, dark chocolate and pistachios.
SPICY CREAMY SWEET POTATO HUMMUS SOUP (The Foodie Dietitian) // Hummus in soup. Just do it.
FALL BUTTERNUT SQUASH QUESADILLAS (Healthfully Ever After) // Fall in quesadilla form.
GRAIN FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN MUFFINS (The Roasted Root) // Apparently, the muffin stem is the best part of these. I’ll confirm after stuffing my face with a pan of these 🙂
HAPPY HEALTHY LIVING INSPIRATION:
STUDY FINDS ANTIOXIDANTS DOUBLED THE SPREAD OF CANCER CELLS IN MICE (The Wall Street Journal) // Supplements make me nervous, but what’s even scarier is that antioxidants are added to many processed foods to give the aura of health. Real food > supplements.
SIMPLISTIC HEALTH LABELS MAY NOT LEAD TO HEALTHIER CHOICES (Food Navigator) // Drop the ‘bad’ food and ‘good’ food labels. Nutrition and eating is much more complicated than that. So happy this study was done!
WHY YOU HAVE TO LET GO OF THE WEIGHT LOSS GOAL (Lauren Fowler) // There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, but for most people, weight loss goals interfere with rebuilding a balanced relationship with food. In this post, Lauren sums up why quite beautifully.
HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOU’VE GOTTEN ENOUGH EXERCISE (Summer Tomato) // Because more isn’t always better.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEALTHY EATING IN 15 MINUTES (Weighty Matters) // This literally is everything you need to know about nutrition to make healthy choices.
THIS WEEK ON AVOCADO:
THREE STEP METHOD FOR DETOXING (THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE GREEN JUICE OR SUFFERING) // Spoiler alert: sarcasm ahead
8 WHOLE GRAINS YOU MAY NOT BE EATING (US News and World Report) // There’s more than brown rice and whole grain bread!
HEALTHY THANKSGIVING SIDES (Abbey’s Kitchen) // Featuring my yummy caramelized onion, apple and braised kale dressing!