Most events revolve around food—holidays, sports and certainly dating. Here are some tips from Jason Nik on how to have a delicious and healthy date.
Eating is a normal part of many dates. The problem is whether people go out to eat or decided to cook something at home, they tend to eat something unhealthy. Cooking pasta at home is delicious, but those noodles aren’t doing anyone any favors. Going out to eat is another great choice, but while a salad or guacamole might be healthy, it seems like almost everything else is not.
So what’s the solution? The good news: I’m here to show you that there is always a healthier alternative. You don’t have to stop eating, but instead you can start eating healthier (and date happier) in the process. The best part is you don’t have to sacrifice taste for nutrition. That means when you stay home you don’t have to decide you’re not really hungry and when you go out to eat you don’t have to feel like just eating guacamole. There are good solid options to eat at home and out.
In the Kitchen
Switch Up the Noodles in Your Pasta
Here’s a twist on pasta that will surprise anyone who enjoys regular pasta. Replace your regular store bought noodles with zucchini instead. Buy yourself a noodle making machine or purchase a handheld spiral slicer, which can be found online or at Bed Bath and Beyond. The result is a noodle that looks just like a regular noodle, but is much healthier. Once you have your noodles, you can choose to make the rest of your pasta with the usual sauces or even create avocado cream sauce.
If you prefer ravioli to noodles, try using beets thinly sliced with a mandolin. Make sure it is thin enough so the slices are flexible. Then use whatever delicious and healthy mix you would like for the filling and sandwich them together.
The Power of the Avocado
Avocados are an amazing food, because they are tasty, fulfilling and can go with just about anything. Do you like to add mayonnaise on your sandwich? Great, now replace it with a nice creamy avocado instead. Do you enjoy chocolate pudding? Mix a few avocados with cocoa powder and agave nectar and voilà you have an almost sinfully delicious chococado pudding!
And what about that avocado cream sauce I was telling you about? I love alfredo sauce as much as the next person, but it is one of the unhealthiest pasta sauces there is. So as a healthy replacement, I like to blend an avocado with ground peppers, garlic, a dash of salt, and a lemon slice to create a sauce unlike anything you will find stored in a bottle at the supermarket. (Suggestion: When making this avocado cream sauce, test out additional ingredients to make this recipe something uniquely your own).
Going Out to Eat
I know what you’re thinking, “Well that’s great Jason, but some of us would rather go out to eat than stay at home and have to take the time to cook something.” To which I say, that is completely understandable. We have all been there and I have an answer for you too.
Eating healthier is no longer a thing people only say they are going to do when the new year begins. Eating healthy is now a part of a lifestyle that many people all over the world make a real effort to live daily (even when it comes to dessert). As a result of that, restaurants geared toward healthy cuisine are becoming more popular. And I’m not talking about the local organic smoothie place that you can find next to so many yoga studios across America. I’m talking about real restaurants that serve real food.
Take for example, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. As one of the fastest growing Mexican restaurants in Southern California, Sharky’s is a trendsetter for healthy eating. “Sharky’s began with the notion that much of the food being served in 1992 was processed and lacked healthy options. We sought to fill this void and make a difference in the way people dined out,” says COO David E. Goldstein, “Sharky’s is a reflection of how we live our lives. We are dedicated to an active, healthy lifestyle and well-being; to ensuring the things we put in our bodies are clean, wholesome and incredibly flavorful. We wanted to build a restaurant where you would eat and feel great when you are done eating.”
Thankfully, eating healthy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing taste. No more pretending like you’re not hungry or eating something that tastes like cardboard. Whether you’re cooking an amazing meal at home or eating out at great restaurants, delicious and healthy options are available for all your dating needs.
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