“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
Let’s talk about salads.
Eating more vegetables and fresh ones at that, is one of the best things you can do for your brain. Add avocado and blueberries and you have a brain food masterpiece. Done right, it is low calorie, high vitamin, keeps you regular and tastes amazing.
So why do salads get such a bad rap? For years salads have been the foundation of every joke about getting healthy. Salad eaters are called rabbits, dull, boring and worse … vegetarian.
Okay…that was a joke, but the fact is, salads are an amazing way to pack nutrient rich food into one single meal. So I am here to bust some myths about salads and encourage you to go green (and orange and red and purple and every color under the sun.) Your brain and memory will thank you.
Salads are Boring
The fact is, salad does not need to be boring. When I make a salad it has all sorts of ingredients like olives, feta cheese, broccoli, artichoke hearts, avocado and wild rice. Salad is just a collection of chopped food, usually vegetables, served cold. So add the flavor.
Good ingredients cost a lot.
If you read the last line you may respond that it’s nice to afford feta cheese and artichoke hearts but on my income I can’t do that. I’m here to say you can. I grew up poor and bought these ingredients myself. Think of spending a dollar on a bag of chips or $3-$5 for a fine food ingredient like feta or artichoke hearts – it seems like a lot but I would use that up in a month on several meals. The cost per meal breaks down to pennies. Do the math yourself, this is not about class, income, or politics. Eating at home, making your own food is better for you and healthier. If you eat from a box in the frozen food section, then healthy costs more, but if you eat from scratch then it really is cheaper.
It takes too much time!
Making food at home does take more time than fast food or reheating stuff. But You can delegate chopping different items to different family members and with practice, you can get faster and the food will get better. Don’t be afraid to pick up the knife and make your meal.
Dressing is the best part but it’s the worst for you
The dressing does not have to be a thousand calories to taste good. I am tired of seeing so called health food in the form of salads with dressing that has more fat than a big mac. Let’s take dressing back.
Research shows turning to a more natural diet has reversed memory loss and increased brain health in his elderly patients. I have found more energy, better health, and a sharper mind from a better diet.
Here is a fun chart on homemade dressings. Try them out and make your own.
So the question to me is not how much does it cost to eat healthy but how much does it cost to not eat healthy?