Eat Clean with Sheryl: Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

With so many cheap snacks and fast food joints serving up instant-gratifying unhealthy food, today’s consumers are spoilt for choice. It’s also a relatively tough decision to make when a bowl of healthy salad at a popular salad joint can easily set you back by $11 and above, while a Double Cheese Burger Meal at McDonald’s – upsize with drinks included – costs significantly lower than a bowl of ‘vegetables’.

However, consuming sugarly, refined, processed and fatty food creates a lot of stress for the body to the point of ageing it well before its time. For more information on how food ages you, check out Experience Life’s article ‘Food Habits That Ages You‘.

Preparing your own meals can help you take charge of your health. No matter your age, living situation, or culinary skills, you can learn to cook tasty, healthy, and inexpensive meals.

Cooking for One, Helpguide.org

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Preparing your own healthy food is one way to beat inflation and exorbitant price tags. But more than that, preparing your own meals also give you the power to take charge of your own health. We are what we eat and we are all given the sovereign right to choose what we bring into our body system. Our parents (moms) and their parents know this to be true, hence their preparing healthy and unarguably less salty homemade staple as dinner for the family. Shopping for greens are also made easier. Commercialisation of the food industries brings with it the proliferation of supermarkets from heartland housing areas to business districts.

Character-wise, preparing your own food trains patience and apparently, guts too. An Instagram fan who’s afraid of the knife asks Sheryl how does she chops her greens so ‘finely’ to which our lady chef coolly replies, “it takes lotsa patience and I also have a powerful shredder!”

Ah, patience. A virtue we can all do more with indeed. RET

Follow Sheryl on her instagram here.

Ingredients:

  • Brown Rice
  • Red and Yellow Peppers
  • Organic Tofu
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Radish
  • Carrots
  • Purple Cabbage

*Greens can only be kept fresh for three days.

Preparation Process:

  1. Boil Shitake Mushrooms, Tofu and Brown Rice.
  2. Cut and mix assorted vegetables with boiled ingredients.
  3. Cut up Avocado bits and place in sushi mix.
  4. Sprinkle Shredded Nori and Sesame for flavouring.
  5. Enjoy.

Preparation Time:

  • 45 minutes for a single serving.
  • 1 hour for three day’s worth of lunch (Keep ingredients in airtight container and store in refrigerator).

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References:

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/cooking-for-one.htm

https://experiencelife.com/article/food-habits-that-age-you/

Eat Clean with Sheryl: Red Quinoa and Assorted Greens with Tofu

“The food options around my office are oily, unhealthy and expensive.” If you have ever entertained such a thought, perhaps it’s time to try your hand at preparing your own vegan diet.

Eating clean is a good way to refresh your eating habits: it’s about eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups—and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones. That means embracing foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats. —Lisa D’Agrosa, M.S., R.D., EatingWell.com

According to several online sources, clean vegan diets helps to rid your body of toxins from processed food, gives you better complexion and glowing skin, more energy, better sleep, better immune system, lesser mood swings (some of our friends might need that), and makes you happier among the many other benefits of eating clean.

It was also claimed to make you smarter, more creative and more attractive! Contrary to popular belief, preparing your own clean recipe is inexpensive and wouldn’t take more than an hour or so – from preparation to mealtime (once you get the hang of it).

Every week I speak with Sheryl, my colleague, vegan and mastermind behind all the eat clean recipes in this series. Eat Clean with Sheryl is a weekly series that introduces easy-to-prepare clean recipes for lunches in the office. The series also features insights into the eating clean culture to help you and I to eat (and feel) healthier, save more and most importantly, to be happier.

So roll up your sleeves, prepare the ingredients, set the table, it’s time to Eat Clean with Sheryl. RET

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Ingredients:

  • Organic Tofu
  • Red Quinoa
  • Red Capsicums
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Japanese Cucumber
  • Edamame Peas
  • Avocado
  • Grapefruit

Preparation Process:

  1. Boil Red Quinoa for 30 minutes, replace water with Miso (flavoured water) for extra taste.
  2. Boil Edamame Peas.
  3. Cut and mix assorted vegetables.
  4. Sprinkle generous dose of Toasted Sesame Oil on Tofu for the smoky taste.
  5. Microwave Tofu before serving.
  6. Enjoy.

Preparation Time:

  • 45 minutes for a single serving.
  • 1 hour for an entire week’s lunch (Keep ingredients in airtight container and store in refrigerator).

References:

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/10_ways_to_eat_clean

http://news.health.com/2014/09/02/5-reasons-to-eat-healthier-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-your-weight/

http://spryliving.com/articles/the-benefits-of-eating-clean/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/perks-of-eating-all-clean-vegan-food/