Eating healthy does not have to be complicated or overwhelming, but it has to be a priority.
m&lou strongly believes that eating healthy does not involve restricting yourself or being on a diet. It is about introducing good habits that are sustainable over time. That means making sure to choose natural, nutritive, and organic ingredients to prepare balanced meals. It is as easy as that!
m&lou’s engagement to help you achieving this way of life reflects in the quality of the ingredients selected for our product, and in our efforts to suggest recipes that allows you to treat yourself while eating healthy.
What eating healthy really means? How can you eat “healthier”?
Some people think that being healthy means eating three salad leaves per meal, others think it is skipping breakfast or eating as few calories as possible or avoiding carbs. We believe that eating healthy is not that complicated… it simply means having a balanced diet. It is making sure to provide enough food to fuel your body.
That being said, how should a healthy day of eating really look like?
Let us introduce you to macronutrients and micronutrients concepts. Macronutrients are the nutrients that your body needs in large amount, that provides the body with energy: proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Micronutrients are smaller nutritional categories: individual vitamins and minerals. A healthy day of eating should provide you with enough of those, so diversity is key! Make sure to include in all your meals:
- some proteins such as eggs, chicken, tofu, lentils, edamame…
- some good fat like avocado, nut butter, vegetable oil…
- some carbs such as bread, pasta, potato…
- and of course, as many veggies and fruits as you want to get all your micronutrients intake
To boost your macro and micronutrients intake, an easy tip is to introduce superfoods in your daily diet. A superfood is an aliment with an exceptional nutrient density. Amlu, for instance, is a superfood, as it contains:
- proteins in organic almonds
- mono-saturated fat in both almonds and argan oil that helps lowering bad cholesterol level, and preventing heart diseases
- vitamin E and antioxidant in pure argan oil, that protects your skin, prevent it from aging, and contributes to keep the brain sharp
- antibacterial properties in honey, natural sweetener, that strengthen your immune system
Is it important to eat organic, and to choose high quality ingredients?
The answer is yes!
Eating balanced is a first good step to be healthy, but it is not enough. You also have to make sure that you are not feeding your body with GMO and pesticide residue. We strongly believe that if you choose organic ingredients now, your body will thank you later.
In the US, the “organic” label is regulated by the USDA. A product with an USDA organic label is a product that follows their requirements:
“USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.” (Source: www.usda.gov)
m&lou is certified USDA organic, and we are committed to use only high-quality natural ingredients that will benefits your body. Our raw almonds, honey and pure argan oil are all sourced from South Morocco, and then processed using proven traditional methods that help preserve their original taste and benefits. We even kept the authentic hand-grounding method to extract the oil from the Argan kernels.
That being said, how can you be sure that you are choosing good quality ingredients? Our advice: read the labels!
- Always look for the USDA stamp! Frequently, you can see the words organic and natural in the labels. These 2 words shouldn’t be confused. Organic is regulated by USDA, while natural is not.
- Make sure that the products you are buying do not contain trans-fat, as they are known to be “bad fats” that can significantly increase your risk of heart disease.
- Carefully choose the type of sugar you are consuming. Prioritize honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar rather than refined sugar.
- Pay attention to the order in the list of ingredients. The ingredients are listed in order of predominance. m&lou’s nut butter for instance contains in greatest amount almond butter, then pure argan oil, then honey.
Easy tips and swaps, or how to introduce healthy habits easily
This is our last advice to eat healthier and better: treat yourself!
We believe that to achieve a sustainable healthy life, you have to allow yourself some treats. This is what we call the 80/20 rule: eating healthy 80% of the time, and treating yourself with other foods 20% of the time so you never get frustrated.
Treating yourself also means that the 80% of the time, while you are eating healthy, you are actually enjoying your food, and not forcing yourself to eat steamed spinach if you don’t like that.
Below some easy swaps that you can make today to actually start enjoying being healthy!
- Do you like baking? Replace white flour by whole flour, and refined sugar by honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar
- Do you like your traditional chocolate spread? Replace it by the best flavored almond butter m&lou. Good thing that Amlu can also be used to bake almond butter cookies, muffins, Moroccan sweets or other recipes you can find in our blog or Instagram page @mandlou.nyc
- Do you like pasta? Replace regular pasta by whole wheat pasta, lentils or chickpeas
- Looking for healthy breakfast ideas? Try salmon toasts, oatmeal with m&lou and some fruits, or egg avocado sandwich.
- Looking for healthy snack ideas? Try what like to call ‘The Banana protein’, cut a banana in slices and dip them in m&lou spread
- … Do you have any other ideas? Feel free to share them with us @mandlou.nyc