This week I can’t stop eating … prawn salad!
Noah and I are both big prawn fans and it can soon turn into a challenge to have enough for both of us. However many I put on Noah’s plate he aways eats them faster than me and then he closes in on mine and helps himself! I have had to come up with a new plan when it is time to share.
Today I made the salad with spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper and onion and then I topped it with lightly steamed broccoli and some steamed prawns. I dressed it with balsamic vinegar and flaxseed oil and some salt and pepper. It was amazing, really really delicious. The sort of meal that you don’t want to end.
Prawns are great if you are trying to cut down the amount of saturated fat in your diet. I do this for health reasons but it is also a great benefit for those seeking to loose weight. You get just as much protein in a portion of prawns as you would in a portion of chicken or beef but without the saturated fat content. A real winner.
The only down side to prawns is that they are quite expensive. My local Chinese supermarket sells a kg bag of frozen prawns for about £14. It is really handy having a stock in the freezer, the trouble is they don’t last long because they are so delicious!
Mindful eating starts with mindful shopping. Stocking up at home with some healthy food will really help you if you are trying to change your eating habits. Rather than reaching for a frozen pizza or oven chips try reaching for the bag of prawns, quicker to cook and much better for you.
Whilst the prawns steam take the 5 or 6 minutes it takes to sit and focus on your breath. It is so rare that we sit and just be with ourselves without the distraction of the TV, radio, our phones, Ipads, laptops etc. Notice how each breath is different, how you can just watch without interfering, how as you relax your breath becomes slower, steadier. By the time your prawns are done you will be in the perfect relaxed state to enjoy your food to the max and to digest it well.
On Saturday nights when Martyn is out at cricket Noah and I often have a sofa snack. We set ourselves up with a bowl of steamed prawns and broccoli then we take it in turns to take something from the bowl. Passing it between us means that we enjoy every mouthful. It gives that little pause so that we anticipate every thing we eat which really improves the experience. It saves us having a race to eat them before the other one finishes. So much better than a family pack of crisps and yet we get the same enjoyment factor from sharing something we both love. Give it a try.
Come on a Revitalise Day to get more great low fat food ideas and before you know it you will be into some great new habits that make you really happy.