With the spotlight shining on super foods like chia seeds, chlorella, acai, quinoa, and kale, we’ve seen them become readily available at a multitude of grocery stores instead of just specialty stores or online. Mainstream media has even started covering “health foods.” “Cauliflower is the new kale!” “Yoga lowers blood pressure!” “More people pick elimination diets to discover food sensitivities!” (this last one is real, see the WSJ article here).
More than ever, health and wellness is at the forefront of many personal agendas. These agendas usually take a pretty form, in the looks of Monday through Friday. Sure, of course I’ll indulge in a few cocktails on the weekend, but with them we find ourselves attending parties or restaurants with food full of additives. Sugar. Salt. MSG. Who even knows!? We spend tons of time working so.damn.hard. eating salads for lunch at work, and take initiative to have healthy snacks. Why should it stop on the weekend? Don’t be lame and skip a party because they’ll be unhealthy options there. Please, OMG, do not. #FOMO sucks and life is about living. And we wanna feel good living it, and doing so does not involve waking up with hurt bellies the next morning because you guzzled beer and popcorn and exclaim that the only thing that will make your hangover go away is more greasy food, and who cares because you already ate bad anyways…what’s another day? No. Just no. Avoid that pitfall!
At your next function, bring your own side dish. Something that you know is lean, clean, green, and mean. There's lots of clean alternatives, and I've already made a list above to help you. By making delicious entrees, or side dishes that are healthy you are #winning. Plus, chances are, if you stick to clean eating every day instead of just Monday through Friday, you’ll wake up from that party feeling great instead of bogged down. Patio pounder wine headache or not, at least you won’t be bloated.