Dr. Tim Says....
After every holiday I always have patients who put on some weight when they had been trying to take it off. While they blame the holiday, it's clear that it's not just overeating. The problem is that when they splurged on the holiday the whole idea of eating healthier went out the window. Eating well and eating healthy means there are times when you overeat – and allowing yourself to do so. It's part of life, and it's really good for you, in my opinion. The challenge of holidays is to think of them as a time to splurge on eating delicious food – not junk. This means planning.
Planning is the single most important you can do to eat healthier. Most people plan their holiday meals, and I bet you already have a good idea of what the menu will be for the Fourth of July. As part of eating healthier, plan that menu with better choices. Here are some guidelines.
Shrimp is great because it's just so darn quick. Recipes like this one are perfect for a weeknight. Mix up some yummy butter, put a bit of olive oil in a pan, saute and add the butter. Serve this with Mexican Rice and there's enough sauce to add some extra zing to the rice.
This is a perfect recipe for those who think that they don't like brown rice. Cooking the rice a little bit longer will soften the brown rice, and adding the spices only enhances the nutty flavor. It's perfect for your family – they may never know that it's brown rice.
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