I hope you’ve had a chance to get to the grocery store and buy your first batch of healthy food items. I’d like to share with you one of my favorite meals, one that I love because it’s quick, it’s simple, and it’s nutritious. Most of all, it’s delicious.
Take some of that pasta you bought. I usually use spaghetti, but if you bought another type, that will work fine. Cook your pasta according to the directions. One thing I also do is drizzle just a little olive oil into the boiling water either right before or after I add my spaghetti. This helps the pasta not to stick together. While the pasta is cooking, get your leafy lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and lemons, and make a salad with the lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. Now here comes the part you may never have done before. Dress your salad with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. You can also, if you like, drizzle a little olive oil over your salad too. The lemon juice is tangy, and really helps the flavor of the salad ingredients jump out.
I know, your favorite salad dressing is ranch. Or creamy italian. Or Thousand Island. I understand, ranch is my all-time favorite, and I still eat plenty of it. What I want to make very clear here is that we never have to totally give up everything that we enjoy. “All things in moderation” is the key to success, whether it be changing your eating habits or starting an exercise program.
OK, back to dinner preparation. Now you have your salad ready. (You can also add other things to your salad if you like, such as sunflower seeds, avacados, or bean or alfalfa sprouts. I’m just trying to keep it simple for now.) Drain your pasta, plate it up, and get your parmesan cheese. Your real parmesan, not the canned kind. Grate a fair amount of parmesan onto your pasta while it’s hot, and now you have a very quick, very easy, and delicious healthy meal.
In preparing this healthy nutritious meal, you’ve used your olive oil, pasta, parmesan cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and lemons. All healthy and natural ingredients and great building blocks to use for building your fitness level and improving your overall health.
Nutrition in the foundation of everything else we do, in our efforts to get and keep our good health.
Enjoy your “white spaghetti!”