Eat your Greens
How do you eat your greens? Raw, roasted, steamed? One of my favorite ways to get a variety of greens that is quick and delicious is a simple stir fry. As a health coach I look for ways to save people time and still allows them to make healthy choices that are faster than driving through a fast food joint. Stir fries are one of those fast, friendly and healthy meals.
Why do I focus on green veggies in the stir fry? Our green veggies have an abundance of health benefits, here are just a few if you need some encouragement to grab those greens:
- Support healthy bones
- Reduce inflammation in the body
- Support digestive health
- Helps keep our blood sugar balanced
- Supports a healthy colon
Helps in maintaining a healthy weight and so much more..
Healthy Stir Fry Basics
One of the things I love about stir fry is you can throw in what you have on hand and it tastes amazing! You can follow this recipe or get creative and pick and choose your veggies. Throw in some other colors of veggies too. They are all packed with nutrients to support your body.
Why coconut liquid aminos instead of soy sauce?
I am always looking for the healthiest options that provide our bodies with the dense nutrition it needs to perform optimally. Coconut aminos is PH balanced, is low on the glycemic index and packed with amino acids which are building blocks for our body and it tastes delicious. Who could ask for more? Soy use to be touted as a health food but research has found that soy is 99% genetically modified and has a tendency to mimic estrogen in our bodies. From my understanding we are getting way too much estrogen in our body and it is leading for health challenges. I recommend my clients watch their estrogen levels so soy is one of the foods on the “Stay away from list”.
The Cooking Recipe
Ingredients as followed:
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup onion
- 1 to 2 zucchini
- 2 cups cabbage
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1 cup snap peas
- 1 cup frozen peas
- (or try anything else that sounds good to you: kale, spinach, bell peppers bock choy)
- Avocado oil or coconut oil for stir frying
4 tablespoons or more coconut liquid aminos
Optional: 2 cloves garlic diced and/or ½ inch ginger grated
If you want to add in the ginger and garlic then mix that with the liquid aminos. If you don’t want to mess with those steps just use the liquid aminos. If you have a wok great if not a large skillet works just fine. First stir fry onions in avocado oil for a minute or two then toss in all the veggies chopped in bite sized pieces ( except the peas) and stir fry with the onions for a few minutes, then add the liquid aminos and peas, cover with a lid for a few minutes on lower heat. Serve over quinoa or brown rice. I like to make a big batch of quinoa or brown rice at the beginning of the week in my rice cooker to have on hand for the week. Another short cut is to buy small bags of frozen brown rice or quinoa that just needs to be sautéed for 2 or 3 minutes. Enjoy!!!! Let me know what you think!