My Top Fresh Food Hacks Will Help You Lead A Healthy Lifestyle
Do you want to know what I had for breakfast this morning?
It was pretty much the same thing I have for breakfast every morning…
A nice creamy bowl of yogurt topped with strawberries, chopped mint leaves, and a small dollop of honey.
I know, I know, it doesn’t sound like the most exciting breakfast in the world. And it’s probably not. But there’s a trick…
What if I told you that I’m 100% sure that the yogurt I had this morning tasted better than if you made the exact same dish?
Huh?… how is that even possible?
Well, it has to do with fresh ingredients, and over the years, I’ve become an expert on how to get the best fresh (and tasty) food possible…
And the way I do it is by using a combination of food hacks that most people know about, but few utilize.
Today, I’m going to show you my tips and tricks for using existing systems and resources to make every meal taste better…
Sure, it’ll take a little more effort (less than you think), but you can be sure that…
Fresh Food Is Healthier For You
Agriculture here in the U.S. has come a long way since the days when you’d get most of your meats and produce from local producers. Now, we rely on supermarkets almost exclusively for everything from beef steaks to flour to apples that come from nearly everywhere EXCEPT your local region.
The next time you go shopping, take a few minutes when you get home to look at each item and see where it was made…
Chances are high that you’ll be surprised by both the many different locations as well as how far each piece of food had to travel to get to your home.
Here’s a question – how healthy do you think foods are that spend so much time traveling across seas and days spent on the road?
I’ll give you a little hint – they’re not so healthy…
And there’s a few reasons why:
- Fruits and vegetables are unripe when picked. You see, they have to stand up to long transport times, which means they have to be picked BEFORE they ripen, which means you get less nutrients and even worse, they don’t taste nearly as good as ripe produce.
- You have no idea what kind of insecticides were used. That shiny red apple you see in the store is shiny because of the CHEMICALS used to treat it.
- Many imported foods come from GMO seeds. And those GMO seeds are bred for yield quantities, NOT for nutritional reasons.
So, I know what you’re probably thinking – what’s the alternative?
Let’s look at several ways to get fresh food (and why my morning yogurt tastes better than yours)…
Go Straight To The Source – Farmer’s Markets
If you’re tired of the bland food you get from the grocery store, then you’re not alone…
There’s plenty of other people out there with the same idea, and it’s led to the resurgence of farmer’s markets – daily or weekly events where your local farmers bring their goods to sell directly to consumers.
And while you might think that it’s only fruits and vegetables, that’s simply not the case.
At my local farmer’s market, there’s fresh food like meats, eggs, dairy, bread, produce, and plenty of other treats. And it’s probably the same at your market as well.
You might be wondering what’s the difference, and I’ll tell you…
For one thing, the produce is picked ripe. Because there’s no long transport involved, your local farmer can just sell what’s perfectly ready, which translates to a better taste and the highest possible concentration of nutrients.
Now, getting back to my morning yogurt, the honey I used came directly from the farmer’s market and has a lovely sweetness with a slight orange blossom flavor. On the same trip, I picked up 2 liters of fresh milk and I’ll explain why a little later…
But for now, do you want to know where I got the strawberries?
It wasn’t at the local farmer’s market, but they came from the next best thing…
A Weekly Fresh CSA Box
Didn’t think farmer’s markets could get any better?
Well, some farms decided to take the farmer’s market idea and take it one step further – community supported agriculture (or CSA for short).
Essentially, a CSA is a single farm that partners with local consumers like you and me. The idea is that you pay a weekly subscription fee and the farm delivers a box full of the ripest foods every week…
You benefit because you get amazing ingredients every week. And the farmers benefit because they know they’ll have an outlet to sell their food through the entire growing season. It’s a win-win situation.
In my box this week were some of the best strawberries you’ve ever tasted. And each one was perfectly ripe – no green rings at the top or anything.
On top of that, I also received spinach, a head of lettuce, radishes, green onions, and apricots. Needless to say, it’ll be a good week of eating for me.
So now you know where the honey and strawberries came from, but what about the mint?
It’s Easy To Grow Your Own Fresh Food
Now, I know that not everybody has a sprawling yard to plant a vegetable garden. Or the time to maintain it…
However, growing some things like mint take almost no effort at all.
My wife and I have a small back porch and every year, we plant a few of our favorite herbs just to have them fresh and on hand whenever we want them.
And really, it’s not difficult at all – just water them a few times a week and nature will do the rest of the work. All you have to do is pick the leaves and enjoy!
We grow mint, thyme, basil, and cilantro – all of which are low hassle plants and now we have fresh herbs just a few quick steps away from the kitchen.
It couldn’t be easier.
Okay, so we’ve got the mint, strawberries, and honey covered? What about the most important part – the yogurt?
Feel The Pleasure Of Eating Yogurt That YOU Made
Remember when I said I took some fresh milk from the farmer’s market?
Well, the reason why is because my wife likes to make our yogurt at home. She says it tastes better and you know what? I have to agree.
And the good bacteria in your homemade yogurt are more plentiful and stronger, which means your health will benefit as well.
Now here’s the thing, most people think making yogurt is a complicated process, but you’ll never guess how little work it actually takes. Yogurt basically makes itself.
You can use a special yogurt maker, but it’s just as easy to make with a glass jar and a stove and these handy steps:
- Bring the milk to a soft boil and let boil for 5 minutes.
- Let it cool to about 115 degrees.
- Add a tablespoon or two of yogurt**
- Wrap in a towel, put in a warm place, and leave to ferment for a minimum of 8 hours.
- Chill in the fridge.
**For the first batch, use a store-bought yogurt with LIVE active cultures. After the first batch, you can just use your new yogurt to start the next batch.
My wife likes to make the yogurt at night, so we’ll have fresh yogurt in the morning. A single 1 liter jar will last us about a week, so having tasty homemade yogurt every day literally takes less than 2 hours of work a month.
And there you have it!
I’m absolutely sure that every single ingredient of my morning yogurt was eaten at the height of freshness…
And that’s why I’m so confident that my yogurt tastes better than yours…
But now you know the hacks to do it yourself, so I look forward to hearing about how much these tricks have made your food taste better!