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Health-nut Chowhound... does that animal exist??

I'm into all kinds of foods. I like everything from j u n k to fine dining and whole food cooking, including vegan. I've started posting on CH not that long ago and, I've only noticed 1 or 2 nutrition oriented posters.At the moment , my body is asking for something healthy . So Does anyone have a good suggestion or dish they'd like to share? (macro,organic and vedic types... sure?)

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  1. Pretty broad request there . . . Do you have any loves or hates when it comes to veggies? Or a particular grain around which you'd like to center a dish?

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    1. re: Rilke

      I'm not fussy. I will give anything a fair try.

    2. I'd look into the HC and GCT boards for suggestions -- there is lots of good stuff out there.

      1. You need to rephrase your question.

        There is nothing inherently "healthy" about eating organic or macro or even Vedic (i.e. raw) foods.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Don't understand your post and the only vedic foods I've tried were ...cooked.

        2. I enjoy cooking wholesome healthy foods on a regular basis, as this is how I strive to eat on a normal run of the mill day. I also enjoy my fatty junky stuff too. Case in point, this weekend I enjoyed a slab of cheesecake, deep fried buffalo wings, etc. (all home made). Today? Roasted vegetables in a flax/whole grain wrap and for dinner, kale and white bean soup. I think many 'hounds eat similarly and try to eat a balanced diet.

          With that said, that is an awfully broad request for a "healthy dish." Especially because my version of healthy may not match yours (I eat grains, meat, etc.).

          1. Broad request but I'll tell you what I like for healthy food. I like to make rich vegetable broths in the winter with huge amounts of parsnips and carrots. I simmer for a few hours with onions and bay leaves.

            I try to get high Omega 3 cold water fish in the winter like mackerel. I cook a piece in a tiny bit of olive oil with just a bit of salt and pepper. I serve with a bit of the stock in the bottom of a large bowl, add the piece of fish and then maybe some steamed or sauteed spinach or kale with garlic cloves on top of it all.

            Happy Healthy Eating!

            1. Vedic? Death. Day-old meat loaf with ketchup and home-made fries. THAT'S healthy.

              1. I think that you'll find many nutrition oriented posters on CH, if you look a little deeper. My idea of eating healthfully is making food, from scratch, using high quality ingredients (with a special focus on vegetables, although I wouldn't call a juicy steak from a pasture-raised cow unhealthy). Meals are eaten at the table, with respect for the food. The respect comes not only from the taste, but also because good food nourishes the body and helps foster relationships with people who matter. I've found that many hounds share a similar philosophy.

                Anyway, my favorite filling and healthy meal is smashed black beans. I sauté some minced shallots and jalapeños in a bit of olive oil or leaf lard until they get tender. Then I throw in some garlic until it's fragrant, then some cooked black beans with a little bit of their juices. I cook them until the beans warm up, then smash them with a potato masher and serve them with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkling of queso cotija.

                If that sounds a little too filling (and it can be, especially when you're trying to balance out an indulgence), then try roasting some vegetables (whatever's in season), tossing them on a bed of greens, and drizzling with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice. It doesn't get much better than that.

                1. The definition of healthy depends on your body and metabolism. It is not the same for everyone.

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                  1. this is certainly a personal question, but for me, healthy involves lots of veggies, ample protein, a little good fat, and a small amount of non-refined starches or grains.
                    tonight that means seared scallops, in a light lemon herb sauce, with roasted broccoli, cauliflower and onions, and a seaweed salad.
                    another night that might mean spaghetti squash with a vodka sauce (made slightly creamy with almond milk) with homemade soy (TVP) or lean ground turkey meatballs, and a veg and salad on the side.
                    another night, roasted chicken, roasted veggies, and a soup to start.
                    or, an egg white omelette brimming with veggies and a sunchoke hash on the side.
                    or, enchiladas (i can't eat cheese, so...) with chicken sauteed with onions and green chiles, shredded carrots, corn tortillas (can't eat gluten) and homemade enchilada sauce. maybe some mexican brown rice on the side, more likely just some fajita veggies.
                    or salmon croquettes made with flaked salmon, cooked diced onion, parsley, S & P, egg (sometimes just white) and a little almond meal to bind. either pan seared or baked. last week served with a creamless creamy cauliflower soup, and made the croquettes crouton sized.

                    what does healthy mean to you?

                    1. No, there aren't any nuts here. We are all perfectly sane. A lot of us, though, are interested in healthy eating, but we don't wave a flag saying 'healthy vegan eating here', or 'super healthy low carb here'.

                      There are debates in General Topics about grass fed v gain fed beef, questions on Cookware about how to avoid cookware that is rumored to be toxic, articles in Media about the latest unhealthy TV chef, or news articles claiming sucrose is toxic. Home cooking is also good place to find healthy ideas, since you can have more control over ingredients when you cook it yourself. And the regional boards have questions about finding hyper-local vegetables in Chicago in the middle of winter.

                      Just keep in mind that there isn't just one idea what constitutes healthy eating. Some go vegan, some go paleo, some avoid a laundry list of 'toxic' ingredients, or 'toxic' companies, others latch on to the latest super-healthy food, some go on detox binges, others just try to eat a balanced diet all the time.

                      1. I have a couple of suggestions for you. Learn how to make soup from scratch. You can learn how to make your own chicken or beef broth, or you can use boxed broths. Making soup is the simplest thing, and you can have something in minutes or after half a day. The nutrients are in the broth, so eat and drink your lunch!

                        Another thing is learn to make several salads that you truly like. Making salad dressing is another simple thing. You can make a great salad, with a simple vinaigrette, and add the protein of your choice. Simple, simple.

                        Then, learn to make a quick bread like biscuits or cornbread or a good muffin. Any time you make soup or salad, you can make a muffin. Use the best ingredients, stay away from HFCS, and try to eat unprocessed, and you'll be on your way.

                        1. Hey I appreciate all the posts were sent..even THAT stupid one 'bout fries & ketchup.:) Allot of posters think the request is too is to broad . I don`t see it like that. I was just casually throwing out the question to see what sort of fish may bite. The term, health-nut, was only ment to be endearing.. nothing else. I was introduced to a type of *natrual ,wholesome cooking style when I lived in a big, commune- type rooming house about 10 -11 yrs ago.The house was full of hippy nutritionists. i was`t that way at all.I started eating things like millet with Bragg`s seasoning. Now,at the present, I eat pretty much everything....maybe not so much of the Paula Deen kinda stuff. I do get alittle misty though, for the rooming house days. like tonight, I got some new organic Coconut flour and am making a dense Chocolate-beet cake with it. This health kick at the moment, is enjoyable- doesnt have to last forever and...I don`t really want to either. Keep sending any cool ideas.thnkx hetook

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                          1. re: hetook

                            Someone already alluded to this above but let me put it this way: making a chocolate - beet cake with organic coconut flour doesn't make it "healthy." There are plenty of vegetarians who have lousy, high carbohydrate diets that aren't healthy. Most pizzas are vegetarian, after all.

                            To be healthy is to have a well-balanced diet that suits your body type. What it sounds like is that you have a desire to explore what might be termed "alternative" cooking, trying out new substitutes for traditional ingredients that may (although not always) cut down on calories and fat. Are you feeling an inner desire to incorporate more vegetables and fruit in your diet and cutting back on meats and carbohydrates? I often get these "messages" from my body and switch accordingly so.

                            There's a terrific cook called Yotam Ottolenghi who has several restaurants in London. He has numerous recipes online, particularly on the Guardian website (a major UK newspaper). You might be intrigued by his recipes and his style of cooking.

                            1. re: Roland Parker

                              My idea of ' healthy',

                              is a resturant i frequented on Shaftsbury A. ,when I lived in London. It's called * Food For Thought. The original influence for things like Chocolate-beet cake,made with fresh organic beetroot .How could you argue the health factor in that? I 'm familiar with nutrition.

                                1. re: linguafood

                                  The sweetness in the cake I think you're referring to, came from a banana,added coconut and a reduction of pure cane sugar to about 1/2 the amount of that of a regular cake recipe.

                                  1. re: hetook

                                    But it's still sugar, which isn't healthy or needed by your body.

                                    1. re: linguafood

                                      you argue anything. what are you trying to say?

                                      1. re: hetook

                                        Umm, I'm not arguing at all. What I am "trying to say", and what I thought I *had* been saying is that sugar isn't healthy. Period.

                                        You can feel differently about that, and that is perfectly fine with me, too.

                                        1. re: linguafood

                                          I think you need some sugar in your diet.When you baby your matabolism or eat only like a squirrel-Your body will end up only beingt able to process a narrow range of foods. I think eaingt some non-organic fruits &veg is good. I believe our bodies imune system can handle that ... it might be benificial. I heard once that there's a new blood- type strain that can handle our western(pesticide- laden) diet. a mutationfrom nuture I don't really know for sure but our bodies are pretty amazing things.It might to do with how we are being in your body, as much as what we put in it.

                                          1. re: hetook

                                            Firstly, you don't *need* any sugar in your diet.

                                            I eat chocolate / ice cream / what have you because I *like* it, not because I'm deluding myself that it is something healthy or something my body or my diet *needs* -- because it doesn't.

                                            I have no idea what "babying your metabolism" might mean, further, I'd find subsisting on nuts & dirt (or whatever squirrels eat) to be rather frustrating.

                                            I also don't know what you're saying about a new blood type strain, but that's so far from your original question I'll leave it at that.

                                    2. re: hetook

                                      Those are all concentrated sources of sugar, and other carbs that convert to sugar once you eat them.

                                      1. re: mcf

                                        Yes, "somewhat healthier" should not be confused with "healthy." Or healthful for that matter.;-) A healthy slice of cake isn't that healthful.

                                        1. re: chowser

                                          Well, my no sugar added cheesecake has lots of calcium. And chocolate isn't just for breakfast any more, it's loaded with antioxidants. Flourless and low sugar it *could* be a health food.

                                          At least, that's the story I'm sticking with. ;-)

                                          1. re: mcf

                                            I like to drink my antioxidants in the form of red wine and eat it in the form of dark chocolate. And, then there's coffee which I consider healthful for the world because me, without coffee, could be pretty scary.

                                            1. re: chowser

                                              You've just hit my trifecta!!

                            2. I don't think there is any exclusionary diet that is inherently healthy. Vegans and vegetarians can be unhealthy just like the rest of us if their diets are not well balanced. (My niece was a vegetarian for awhile and she mainly ate beans and dairy products because she didn't much like fruits and vegetables.) I do think eating six+ servings of vegs/fruits is a good way to start, adding whole grains, legumes and small amounts of dairy and protein, but there are others who feel protein is the most important part of a healthy diet. IMHO, chocolate cake made with butter, eggs, flour and sugar is only bad for you if you have a health issue or you eat the whole cake. I also think it is important to make the whole process of creating, serving and eating a meal a joyful one, since that is also necessary for a healthy life.

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                              1. re: escondido123

                                "I also think it is important to make the whole process of creating, serving and eating a meal a joyful one, since that is also necessary for a healthy life."

                                I totally agree.

                              2. May not post about it.
                                But try to eat healthy as much as possible.
                                Mother is a 20 year diabetic who recently started dialysis.
                                Me and my sister have been preparing her meals for years.
                                We rigorously watch her diet and labels.
                                Any outside food is out of the question. Its all junk loaded with salt.
                                Lower sodium foods usually substitute potasium for salt, which can be just as bad.
                                Eating healthy doesn't mean starving, just have to have a little of everything. And need to read lables, prepare everything yourself.

                                1. I'm really into nutrition, and my diet is fairly Mediteranean--BUT, I am of Italian descent, and this is what comes natural to me! I cook a lot of vegetables, whole grains, use a lot of olive oil. I eat a lot of seafood as well, and only eat meat about 2-3 times a week. I use mostly organic ingrediants from the farmer's market, and most of what I use is locally sourced and seasonal. For dinner last night I had baked salmon, and some pasta with kale on the side (made with lots of garlic, and good extra virgin olive oil!).

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                                  1. Almost everything is healthy for you in some way, at the right dosage. The key is how much of it you consume.

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                                    1. re: joonjoon

                                      You mean, even smoking, illegal drugs, Twinkies? There's no amount of those that will make them healthy for you. Just because a small amount might not be detrimental to your health doesn't mean it's healthy.

                                      1. re: chowser

                                        Well I said almost anything. I thought of clarifying but I figured a reasonable person would be able to understand I'm talking about actual foods, not drugs.

                                        But just for arugument's sake, most illegal drugs aren't harmful for you in small doses, and research indicates that many of them may be physically or psychologically beneficial or therapeutic in the right doses.

                                        Twinkies, well, I'll say it's good for me emotionally in small doses. ;)

                                        1. re: joonjoon

                                          What I'm pointing out is that "aren't harmful" and "healthy for you" are two different things. What research indicates that small amounts of tobacco are good for you? I'm not saying no illicit drugs have have beneficial side effects but there are many that don't, as with food.

                                    2. If you're still jonesing for something healthy, I just made a Vegan Smoky Tomato Basil Soup that has me coming back for more. It's an adaptation of a recipe by Rachel Ray, but I've increased the veggies, cut the cream and cheese, & added basil. Reminds me of something I'd get in an Italian restaurant, but much healthier.

                                      2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
                                      3 garlic cloves, pressed
                                      1 medium onion, chopped
                                      3 celery stalks, chopped
                                      3 carrots, peeled and chopped
                                      3 ½ C. vegetable stock
                                      ½ tsp. dried oregano
                                      1 large can (28 oz.) fire-roasted tomatoes (or 2 14 oz. cans), undrained
                                      1 tsp sugar
                                      Pinch of cayenne pepper
                                      ½ C. plain milk substitute (I used plain almond milk)
                                      2 T. nutritional yeast
                                      Salt and pepper
                                      ¼ C. slivered basil

                                      Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the fresh veggies. Cook for 5-8 minutes til tender. Scoop into a food processor, add ½ C. stock, oregano, and tomatoes and puree until smooth.

                                      Return the pureed vegetables to the pot, turn the heat to medium-high, and add the remaining stock, sugar, and pinch of cayenne pepper. Simmer, stir in the milk substitute, nutritional yeast, and S&P to taste. Just before serving, stir in half of the basil slivers.

                                      Ladle into bowls. Garnish each bowl with a little basil.

                                      For more complete directions, see