When you're browsing the net for weight-loss tips, one of the things you'll come across is to never use food as a reward. I disagree. In fact, rewarding yourself with food is possibly one of the most beneficial things you could do!
Now, keep in mind I'm talking about healthy food. If I've been a very good girl (lol) I'll spoil myself with a piece of salmon, or some fresh wild spinach. When I've had a very rough day and feel like shit I'll go shopping for exotic fruit, oils or spices. If I want to treat myself, I'll spend some time in the kitchen preparing the best paleo meals I can manage.
I'm sure you can see that this will not do your healthy goals any harm, but you might be wondering how it's beneficial.. Thing is, when you're using this type of food as a reward you're telling yourself that it's very desirable. Repeat it often enough, and soon you'll be craving salmon with spinach instead of homemade apple pie.
What inspired today's food ramblings? My use of walnut oil in my chicken salad and in today's recipe. Walnut oil isn't exactly a budget-cooking staple item.. It's one of my 'rewards' that turned out very very very well. I am now an addict. Cravings, seriously. So here's the recipe;
- 10 small shrimp
- half a bag of salad
- one third of a zucchini
- walnut oil!
Quickly toast the shrimp in a stir-fry pan. Get them slightly crispy and hot. 4 minutes max. Fill your plate with the salad and thin slices of zucchini, put the shrimp on top. Sprinkle with walnut oil and start fighting the addiction. Battles you don't really mind losing are so much fun ;)