Well hello there!
I’m Chelsea, your food obsessed self-proclaimed food blogger. I am hoping to share my love of cooking, baking, and whole-natural foods with all of you. I think that eating a healthy, well-balanced diet while still having a blast in the kitchen, and a party for my taste buds, is of the up most importance. My recipes will reflect this mentality, in using as many whole, unprocessed, unrefined foods as possible.
I truly believe that what you put in your body matters, so why not make it delicious and nutritious? Everyday the media categorizes food in terms of good and bad, but then contradicts it the next day! I am tired of this back and forth, so I have decided to take my food health into my own hands. I do my own research, make my own food, and hopefully I will continue to educate myself and others along the way. Our society has become far too dependent on prepackaged meals and drive-thru fast food. I vow to bring the love of cooking (and healthy at that!) back to THE WORLD, or at least those of you who read my blog:)
I have been contemplating actually starting this blog for a while…a year to be exact. And I finally, FINALLY, got up the courage to start!:)
I just recently, as in the past two years, began to really get into cooking and baking thanks to my wonderful, talented mother who is basically a chef. She has showed me how truly fun making food can be! I hope, one day, to be as amazing as she is! I must give a big thanks to my dad and brother who have bravely tried my creations without complaining..too much.
I am a junior in college and I love to experiment in the kitchen. I have a blast conjuring up delicious, healthy meals that are easy to make and don’t empty out the wallet.
I figured, I’ve been reading other blogs long enough and have become rather adept in the kitchen myself (or so I say) that it’s time to share my ideas with the world!
Hope you enjoy! I am so happy to now be a part of the blogging world, armed with a spoon, a bowl, and a head full of ideas just waiting to be unleashed:)
Why ‘the blueberry bin’ you may ask?
Well, there are several reasons..
Reason #1: I love blueberries. They are so delicious.
Reason #2: When I was growing up, my grandpa would take me, my brother, and my cousins berry picking. We would spend hours picking blueberries and strawberries. My grandpa would, lovingly, help us pick them and then carry the huge buckets back to the front of the field. We would then drive back to his house, wash them all off and proceed to eat handfuls from bowls. Blueberries were always my favorite because they were so small, pretty, and easy to stuff in your mouth without having to deal with stems. I will always treasure that special picking time with my grandpa
Reason #3: They are SO good for you. They are one of the highest antioxidant foods that you can eat. That means that they fight the free radicals,the by-product of oxidation, roaming around in our bodies.
Blueberries: contain antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, prevent damage to our cell membranes, fight diseases (like cardiovascular disease), may improve memory and brain function, can help balance blood sugar levels, promote eye health, and improve your immune system. Studies, to date, show that blueberries are actually one of the few foods that have a positive impact on the whole body!
They are packed with Vitamin C (hence the improved immune system), Vitamin K, and a fantastic source of Maganese. They are high in Dietary Fiber, and chock full of phytochemicals like flavonols, anthocyanins, resveratrol, pterostilbene, and hydroxycinnamic acids.
These little babies pack quite a punch, and a tasty one at that! Go run (carefully) and grab a handful right away!
We are human label makers:
We, as a society, are always trying to label things..it’s just something we do. But when it comes to food, I don’t think we should pigeon hole ourselves that way. I do not label myself as a specific type of eater. I am not paleo, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, a juicer, or a raw dieter. I am just little, old me who likes to eat.
I try, as best I can, to follow intuitive eating. That’s when you eat when you’re hungry and don’t when you’re not. Eat what feels good. It’s all about listening to the signs from our bodies, like we’re meant to do.
Now, I’m not saying to eat a whole bag of cookies, a coke, and a double-bacon cheeseburger piled high with carmalized onions, sweet bbq sauce, and baked beans. I try to maintain a diet of clean whole foods, which is the least processed, least chemical-ridden, and least refined form of the food possible. It’s really not as hard as it seems, to make your own food I mean. It just takes a tiny bit of preparation and a will to eat happy-body food. I hope you find it as fulfilling and tasty as I do!
I think I’ll have to work on a burger like that soon.