I Changed How I View Healthy Eating and Here's Why
I like the idea of healthy eating. Feel good! Look awesome! Woohoo! Problemo numero uno: I'm not a big veggie lover. I also have a husband to keep in mind, and he's a meat and potatoes kind of guy. There are a world of nutrition bloggers/foodies/health experts that pop up on my social media and then I go to click on their profile and am instantly intimidated by their lifestyle because it's so far from where I currently am. I know myself well and a kale smoothie for lunch every day, zero bread and zero sweets simply is not happening.
Enter Laura Lea Goldberg, founder of LL Balanced. I stumbled on her Instagram account after seeing a photo of delicious brownies and clicking on it because, um, brownies. The photo was of her Holy Fudge Black Bean Brownies. I'm pretty sure my exact train of thought was something like this:
"Wow. Those look so good. Wait. Black beans? Weird. Who is this girl? Holistic Chef? Brownies? Meatloaf? Chicken Tortilla Casserole? Woah. Is this for real?"
One batch of Holy Fudge Black Bean Brownies later, I was sold. Yes, they actually do taste like brownies. No you can't taste the beans. Yes, it's kind of mind boggling.
I love the positive energy on her Instagram stories and she has an incredible knack for education. Somehow she takes you through her day, shows you her vantage point as a Certified Holistic Chef and it doesn't seem intimidating at all. In fact, it seems very tangible and it is. I'm living proof of someone who is a kitchen beginner and fully able make these recipes and also understand what they do for my body and why.
There is rarely a time I go to the grocery store now where I don't think "oh my gosh, I saw that on Laura Lea's Instagram account! I need that and I can feel good about buying it!"
Healthy the Laura Lea way doesn't scare me or intimidate me. I find myself making my own family recipes and lightening them up myself with ingredients that I now know about from Laura Lea. It's OK to have a sweet tooth and it's OK to enjoy comfort food. Laura Lea accomplishes healthy, lightened up versions of these things we all love so much that taste delicious and that you can feel great about serving to your family.
I own two cookbooks, Laura Lea's is one of them and I pull it out at least once a week with confidence. Her cookbook gives full explanations of how to prepare her dishes, but also what to do with the leftover ingredients and a plethora of other helpful information. The first 56 pages of it are dedicated to breaking down nearly everything in her cookbook and explaining her approach. How do I choose my eggs? What tools do I need in my kitchen and why? Where do I buy ingredients? What does dicing vs. chopping mean? These are all things I usually Google while cooking (and don't tell anyone because I'm kind of embarrassed about it) but Laura Lea explains it all in her very straightforward, non-threatening, good vibe tribey way.