Sun Basket’s Commonsense Rules for Healthy Eating
1. More is better
Abundance, not restriction or deprivation, is the basis of a healthy diet. Of all the reasons we eat, none is more essential than to provide our bodies with the nutrients we need to thrive. Honor this intention by focusing on foods with the highest nutrient density. Good health hinges on the quality of our food choices, not the individual metrics.
2. The Power of Plants
One day pasta is good for you, the next it’s bad. In a field where the pendulum swings at a dizzying pace, there’s one thing nutrition experts will always agree upon: Optimal health is achieved through a diet that prioritizes the powerful nutrients in plants.
Just as in a smart financial portfolio, the key to a sound investment in your health is to spread the wealth around. Yes, there are superfoods, but there is no one perfect food. When a variety of colors and food groups unite on one plate, there’s a synergistic effect that no single food can ever offer on its own.
4. Cook at Home
The increasing reliance on food prepared outside the home provides the allure of convenience at the cost of our personal health. Become acquainted with your kitchen, regain control over the ingredients in your food, and claim full authorization of what deserves a place on your plate.
5. Eat here now
Take the time to be present and savor your food. You’ll enhance your appreciation of eating, allowing you to enjoy meals more, and cultivate a stronger awareness and greater appreciation of the food you eat and how it got to your plate.
6. Do You
There never was and never will be a one-size-fits-all approach to healthy eating. Nutrition is highly personal and varies according to age, gender, genetics, activity level, biochemistry, ancestry, geography—the list goes on. Opt out of rigid diets, resist the temptation for comparison, and rebel against conformity. Listen to your body and embrace the opportunity to find what brings out the best in you. Your diet should be as unique as you are.
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Great American Road Trip
Third Stop—New Orleans
One of the world’s great food cities, New Orleans has cuisine all it’s own. Jambalaya, po’ boys, muffaletta sandwiches, beignets, oysters Rockefeller, chicory coffee, and potent Sazerac cocktails, this list of iconic NOLA dishes is a long one. The region’s rich history, geography, and lively, food-loving, music-making residents make it one of the most delicious destinations on our road trip.Read more
Back in the 1950s, Owen Brennan, then owner of New Orleans’ famed Brennan’s restaurant, asked his chef Paul Blangé to create a dessert in honor of his friend Richard Foster, the Chairman of New Orleans Crime Commission at the time. The dessert would need to feature bananas, because the Brennans, who also imported the fruit from South America, had a surplus to offload. Blangé caramelized some sliced bananas, poured rum over them, and lit a match, and ignited a culinary fire that burns to this day.Read more