Lent is right around the corner and I have a feeling there will be a person or two that will give up fried foods in order to commit to healthier eating. Lent is a funny thing, because we feel like we always have to “give something up” rather than thinking of it as a time to take on something new. I realize it is about making a sacrifice in order to spiritually connect with Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice for us, but I think that using it as a time to take on something new in our life will help the success of our choices and rather than feeling deprived of something that we have given up, we can feel proud that we have taken on something that will help our overall well-being be it in mind, body or spirit. So instead of “giving up” fried foods, how about looking at it as taking on a new healthy eating habit. With the exception of an occasional piece of chocolate (or two) and maybe an extra glass of wine, I really try to keep healthy eating as a way of life. Don’t get me wrong, I do indulge every now and then, but on the whole I find my day is better, my workouts are better, my pants fit better when I stay the course of a healthy regimen. The one GIANT misconception is that healthy food doesn’t taste good! That couldn’t be any further from the truth. We have so many natural ingredients right at our disposal that can make any food flavorful and healthy. My absolute go-to oil for cooking is olive oil, but have also started using Safflower oil a little bit, but what I find transforms healthy food or any food for that matter from good to great is the use of fresh herbs. I use fresh rosemary and fresh thyme in nearly every dish that I make and even though my garden is totally neglected during the winter months, those two can really stand up to Old Man Winter and offer their tasty assistance year-round.
All that being said, look at this Lenten season as an opportunity to show your penitence through the preservation and adoption of healthy habits that will no doubt lead you to a sounder mind, body & spirit.
- 8 - 10" whole wheat tortillas
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves, chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut tortillas into fourths. Place cut tortillas on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and rosemary. Bake for 7 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool. Serve with hummus, dip or salsa.