Friday's (lighter) Cod Fish Fry (not breaded)
It's easy to call them every week staples as they sure play that healthier role week after week in our world. And during our winter months, with being in spaces where flu signs and symptoms are at their all-time high and then some, I invest in lighter meals, avoiding too heavy and too complex menus, excessive sugar, and too greasy-anything. It feels like a back to basics caveman woman approach but it sure works. Last year, when I took my niece in for a checkup, our amazing family doc shared that our cold and flu season had hit such an all-time high that he had to call his physician backup with an overly-packed waiting room of patients.
Fevers, sore throats, flushed faces, dry and productive coughs, all over malaise and relapses continue to be on the rise even with those who have gotten the flu shot. Since I've never been one to play the hero-- I believe in my continuously flowing epidurals, laying low for a few when you feel any onset of a cold or flu, and are in a compromised working environment (to avoid the full under-the-bus onslaught of it), and with just taking care of you and caring about each other. Lighter protein fuel, enough quality rest, and avoiding those showing signs and symptoms of the above continue to be my 'weapons' of choice, especially during this time of the year with less sunlight and a now heavier than usual windy deep-freeze outdoors.
Music and more to go, after the jump. Have a peaceful weekend. ~x
♫ Music to flow through our last day of the work week and into our weekend...
I can't say enough about these three protein favourites for their 1. high energy and elevated mood source with our current climate going through its own flux, 2. calm, focusing power with the simple day in and day outs, to more complex thinking when doing stats work, and 3. the all over satiated tummy feels for a solid 4 - 5 hours on the average day without falling into that mid-afternoon foggy brain zone. We always aim for and prioritize a good, solid breakfast (whether we have it at home, or head into the office earlier to beat the a.m. traffic) and have our prepped homemade eats right there. Plus, they help with warding off the doughy, sugared cravings which always create varying /\ /\ energy vibes around that 14:00 hour. But, a 'tiny' Friday sweet treat sounds good too. :)
1. Eggs (your way): 2 eggs scrambled (or hard-boiled) is usually ideal (breakfast or evening supper after work once weekly), and I scramble them as is these days, the farmer's way, minus any milk or extras, so it's just 2 eggs and a teaspoon of butter in a skillet, pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper when almost done.
2. Salmon and other cold-water fish such as cod (well done on the grill or in a skillet): I don't take chances with my fish or meat dishes especially, properly wiping, cleaning, seasoning, grilling and cooking things into the well and very well done zone. I believe in the power of lean meat protein especially for our boys, but know that many are into other forms of protein and you have to invest in what works best for you, your body and lifestyle for optimal health. And never be afraid to tweak things here and there and take baby steps in new(er) directions is one of my personal mantras.
3. Yogurt (good quality and low fat): This delightful and pure top-notch yogurt, This Is Really Great Yogurt, is the absolute best we've ever had to date (and we've tried a lot), and it sure lives up to its thicker and creamier name with its good indulgent protein, low fat and healthy gut bacteria appeal. It's from my country, Jamaica, in the West Indies. I am currently working on getting a steady supply of it into our major grocery chains in both the U.S. and Canada, with the folks who do that best here, and not just available at our smaller Island markets. One every other day is ideal as part of a breakfast, lunch, supper, or simple snack selection. Variety continues to be the spice of life.