People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of a healthy diet, as studies continue underscoring the long-term health conditions often caused by unhealthy eating.
The average person typically recognizes what should be eaten to promote a healthy lifestyle – fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, like fish and chicken, while shying away from too much red meat, dairy and any food high in sugars, sodium and trans fats.
The bigger problem seems to be the willingness for people to establish healthy eating habits. The information is there, so what obstacle (s) remain?
Expense and convenience are still significant barriers, people often say.
It is true – a little more time and money is needed to prepare a salad, instead of heading to a fast-food joint.
However, expense and convenience are two weak excuses, as several inexpensive, simple and nutritious options exist – fresh, California garlic being one of them.
Fresh, California garlic is an extremely healthy food, known for its antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial capabilities, due to its high content of nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, proteins and minerals.
A head of garlic costs around a quarter, and if peeling and chopping garlic is too time consuming, there are pre- chopped, crushed, peeled and roasted options that offer nearly the same health benefits and flavor as traditional garlic (just ensure you’re buying Christopher Ranch California garlic products, as Christopher Ranch jars are the only ones equipped with fresh garlic, instead of dehydrated garlic).
While value-added garlic might cost a couple of dollars more, fresh peeled garlic will typically last up to 7 weeks, while chopped and crush garlic will store up to three months once opened. And, a little garlic typically goes a long way.
Below are suggestions for incorporating fresh garlic into a quick meal:
• Toss some garlic in scrambled eggs.
• Spread garlic on toast – easy to do with the chopped or crushed.
• Instead of mayonnaise, ketchup or mustard, use chopped or crushed garlic as a spread atop sandwiches, burgers, Paninis, wraps and others.
• As a dip for vegetables, crackers, pita bread, etc.
• As a marinade or spread on meat or seafood – chopped or crushed is easy to spread on steaks, chicken, pork and fish.
• As a base for any sauce – fresh garlic and olive oil, fresh garlic and tomato sauce, fresh garlic and white/red wine, etc.
Additional convenient, conservatively priced, healthful options include:
Peeled baby carrots.
Health doesn’t need to be expensive and difficult. Make nutrition easy by using California-grown garlic.