Insight into Nutrition {and a recipe!} – Nyoutritious


Carly here!

Inspo contributor Regina Barker wrote an insightful piece on nutrition before highlighting another one of her fabulous recipes, this one for Courgette Noodles with Kale Avocado Pesto. I loved what she shared, because I could totally relate (specifically to the part about “finding it challenging to be as healthy and balanced as I’d like to be”). I would assume that unless you have impermeable self-control, you will be able to relate too. And don’t forget to click on the link at the end to get Regina’s recipe (and, in my case, find out what courgette noodles look like).

Courgette Noodles with Kale Avocado Pesto

I was thinking the other day that I share all these recipes, insight about nutrition and how to take care or your body and make healthy choices… but I haven’t talked much about the struggles, and those days that can sometimes cause us to feel a little stuck in a rut.

Blogs and all the social media filling up our daily spaces, so easily creates a perception of perfection. Intentional or not. Being a nutritionist and doing what I do, I am often met with the expectation that I eat perfectly all the time.
Well, let me tell ya… that’s not true. (And I love that)
I absolutely go through times of finding it challenging to be as healthy and balanced as I’d like to be. There are times when my weekly glass of red wine turns into a nightly thing, or when an occasional piece of dark chocolate is all of a sudden not so occasional anymore, and those times when all my cooking experiments results in too many unnecessary snacks in the name of “taste testing”. And then there are the nights I don’t sleep much because I have children, which leaves me really keen on a morning caffeine rush to pick me up.
The point? There is no such thing as a perfect diet and more often than not, thinking that way only brings discouragement and feeds an unbalanced relationship with food, and yourself. Different seasons have different challenges, but the game changer is to not allow circumstances to become an excuse for unhealthy choices. (And on the note of balance, being too restrictive and afraid of having a bad day can be just as unhealthy and unbalanced as being too careless). We all have the power to change, and it all starts with a choice of priority. Make it a slow, steady progress if that’s what it takes. But make progress the goal, not perfection (!!) And remember that nobody has it all together. The journey is continual, and its never to late to start.

Courgette Noodles With Kale Avocado Pesto

On a different note, I shared a photo of this delicious and fresh plate of courgette noodles with kale avocado pesto a few weeks back on Instagram. I have since acquired a wild addiction for this kale avocado pesto. It is seriously delicious – and it is healthy and versatile and something you can use in many different ways. I have used it as a spread on crackers (these chia crackers are amazing), in sandwiches, as a dip for veggie sticks and as a dressing/garnish for fresh salads (you can thin it out with extra water or lemon juice if you prefer). This whole thing about one food wearing many hats is totally up my alley, as I’m all about making something once and then reinventing it in a new way at the next meal or the day after. This kale avocado pesto is creamy and so full of flavour and is perfect when combined with the courgette noodles for a light and fresh summer meal. Or even better, as an accompaniment to an outdoor summer BBQ – my fave! And its something you can easily serve to those people who hate kale, because you can’t taste its really kale.


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