Sunday, March 18, 2012

Healthy Choices...

Growing up in the Hansen household we always ate pretty well. My mom is an awesome cook and my dad is great with the grill. Because my dad is a doctor of natural medicine (Dr.Hansen) he has always pushed for healthy meals. We weren't crazy health nuts but we didn't get a lot of junk or eat out much when I was a kid. My mom would experiment with different veggies to make yummy and healthy dinners. Sometimes it took a lot of convincing to get us to eat but other times we would gobble it up. As I have grown up, I now have more appreciation for the meals my mom would make and the variety of vegetables I have been exposed to. 

Justin and I have decided to try and be more aware of what we are eating and to make healthier choices. If I could I would always have the fridge stocked with lots fruits and vegetables but its not always easy on a student budget. I have decided to avoid sweets and extra sugar where possible. I am a self proclaimed sugar addict and I need to break the habit! It is really hard but I'm starting small. I don't ever plan to cut out all sugar completely but I will definitely cut out a good amount.

One meal my mom used to make is eggplant sandwiches. When I made the suggestion to Justin he was a little bit skeptical but I convinced him to let me make them and they are actually pretty delicious. 

You just bread the thick cut eggplant and fry it in a little bit of vegetable oil.
You toast your bread, add your eggplant, mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese, and marinara sauce. 
Give it a quick broil to melt the cheese...
and there you go! If you don't think you like eggplant, give this a try, and I bet you'll like it!

I know its fried but it is still more veggies and less meat. I like that, and I like to be healthy.

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