Butternut squash and kale go together like peas and carrots. During this time when travel is a memory, I reminisced of my former travel memories around the globe.
In 2008 in college, I moved to Australia and had the opportunity to travel to Thailand and Hong Kong and experience some pretty amazing food. Those memories are forever with me, and realize during COVID 19 how much I miss traveling. Food is the gateway into one's culture, and food brings us together. Most people don't realize how important food is in our life experience.
Now living in Seattle, I still have the opportunity to eat lots of delicious Thai food.
The Midwest and East Coast excels in European food, and Seattle dominates the Asian food market with recipes that come directly from families. I decided to take an old classic Thai curry and modernize it with vitamin and nutrient-packed vegetables such as squash and kale.
And to add a twist, I tried it over udon noodles and enjoyed this much better than I do over rice. Since summer is almost here, the blossom orange wild flowers inspired me to ignite a meal with more orange colors, which means more Vitamin A in the diet.
As a plant-based health coach and trainer, I've seen many of my clients struggle when converting or maintaining a vegan diet. Many either eat all processed vegan foods, or struggle in eating one area of macronutrients. Normally carbohydrates are not the issue.
Regardless of the problem, it is important to balance carbs, fat and protein, which Thai food does wonderfully thanks to using coconut milk. Although vegetables are considered carbs, most people need some form of starch or grain to feel full.
Balance is the key to a great life, and a healthy diet. We should all aim to seek more balance in life and seek healing through the foods we eat. If you can do even just one change in your diet, eat more greens!
"Leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, kale, collards, Swiss chard, and spinach are the most nutrient-dense of all foods."
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com