Haute Ingredients

Let’s face it. Eating out can become monotonous. You’ve just spent a good portion of the final days of 2009 noshing on savory appetizers, gorging yourself with fine wines, and popping decadent desserts into your mouth. It is not until the clock strikes midnight, and the hangover wears off, that you give it much thought. Your pants are now tighter, and you have spent the better part of the past month of your life in a restaurant. It is now time to face the music, new year, and new beginning, and no, your pants made of the finest silk were not accidentally put in the dryer. It is time to start watching what you are eating, and maybe lay low for a while. The problem is that your schedule makes life so hard to go to the store, think of something to prepare, and find the time to make it. What if I told you there are simple ingredients that allow you to can walk into your grocery store, and walk right out with a meal? If you bee-line it through the store to pick up these simple things, you will see those lbs melt away. Try and work out, too, but I let me not push the envelope. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your delicious healthy dinner. Good deal?

Here it goes. Never eat at home without . . .

Salmon. Make sure you buy Wild Alaskan Salmon. Remember this: farm raised salmon swim in the same water day in and day out. Enough said. Salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are wonderful for mood boosting, fighting depression, and quite possibly fighting cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

What to cook it? Use extra virgin olive oil. Go to Europe and look around. Does the skin of these gorgeous people amaze you? This heart0-healthy oil is an essential across the pond, and quite possibly could be added to the Seven Wonders of the World, due to its ability to promote healthy skin and hair.

Still Hungry? Of course, you need a little healthy side dish. How about some broccoli? Your mother was not lying to you when she said it was good for you. Eat it, and you can fill yourself up a lot faster, and save your waistline. Not only will it scale back your calorie intake, but it has also been linked in the fight against breast cancer. If you don’t really have breasts, not to worry, you too can benefit from it as well. Broccoli is high in fiber, calcium, folic acid, and iron.

What happens when you are done, and you have a little sweet tooth? Reach for some blueberries. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, and low in calories. They are music to a sugar junkie’s ears. These sweet treats will not only keep that muffin top at bay, but they will help in the fight against the dreaded W word, wrinkles.

Now if you are smart, you will make dinner for two and woo somebody very special. Do not worry, though. Your secret is safe with me. Until next time my friends, visit www.raylenebartolacci.com. To health and wellness, Salute.