Eat good quality.
(Yes, I saved the best for last)
It’s difficult to encapsulate my entire food philosophy in a short sentence or two, so I thought writing down a list of what I believe to be important for health, wellness, happiness and balance would be better. So, here it is:
⭐︎ Eat real… avoid artificial food coloring, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, genetically modified organisms, growth hormones, and the like. Buy organic and non-GMO foods (did you know that everything really should be organic? Man-made toxins didn’t exist until very recently)
⭐︎ Eat balanced… prioritize vegetables, fruits and healthy desserts (though, beware of the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen)! Ignore the fads and eat a balanced diet that is moderate in fat, carbohydrates, fiber and protein.
⭐︎ Eat good quality… prioritize natural, organic, non-GMO, healthy and whole grain foods.
⭐︎ Eat dessert… people associate the word “dessert” with butter, sugar, flour, and extra empty calories added to the day’s total — but not here on Desserts with Benefits™! The healthy dessert recipes on this blog are wholesome and nutritious enough to eat on a daily basis without causing you to feel guilty ONE BIT. I always keep healthy sweets on hand, like ice cream in the freezer, fudge in the fridge, fruit on the counter, etc. Dessert can be as healthy as an apple, a stalk of celery, or an organic egg. And it tastes 93458.5x better.
Those are my main guiding principles.
Over time, I gain more and more knowledge about the food industry and major corporations. The following bullet points are my more recently found ethical standards:
⭐︎ Eat local… support those small businesses!
⭐︎ Eat fair-trade… the sugar industry, the chocolate industry, the coffee bean industry (and more) contribute to unfair wages, treatment, and slavery. I’m not giving them any of my money!
⭐︎ Eat cage-free, grass-fed, wild-caught, ethically treated, and sustainable… avoid rBST and rBGH, and corn-fed animal products.
⭐︎ I vow to use natural, wholesome ingredients (and in moderation)
⭐︎ I vow to use whole grain flours (no all purpose flour or white rice flour here!)
⭐︎ I vow to never use margarine and hydrogenated shortening
⭐︎ I vow to never use refined sugars (white + brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup)
⭐︎ I vow to never use artificial food coloring
With love and good eats,