There are so many foods that I love, so narrowing to just five was a bit of a challenge. And, well I did it, so here they are, in no particular order.
1. Wild Game Meat
When I say this and you live in North America, I mean, elk, deer, bison/buffalo, and antelope. Not only did these animals live a life by God’s design, as animals should be, it reflects in their nutritional profile. They are very lean and the meat is extremely high in omega-3’s. So if your state is landlocked like Montana, this is a sure fire way to get those essential fatty acids.
If you’re not a hunter yourself, or married to one, I’ve seen a lot more stores across the country carrying buffalo meat. There are also websites that you can by elk, venison and antelope. If you’re gonna do that start with BURGER meat or the loins. The steaks can be a bit tricky and I don’t want to loose anyone.
You’ve heard me tote this guy before and in short…butter is the bomb, when it comes from healthy cows.
The cool thing about butter is that it’s a short chain fatty acid and doesn’t have to be acted on by the gall bladder to break it down, which means it is directly absorbed through the small intestine and used for energy, which means it’s the LEAST likely fat to cause weight gain, which means you should eat it.
It also is the source of the fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.
But isn’t butter dairy? And aren’t you dairy free?
Yes and yes.
AND butter is mostly a what? Right, a fat. And it is SUPER unlikely that peoples immune systems will react to a fat. They are usually reacting to a sugar or protein.
And in the case of dairy, when you say milk, has a lot of those sugar (lactose) and protein (casein) molecules in it. And peoples immune systems are mounting a response to that and triggering symptoms in the human.
Butter has a TINY amount of lactose and casein so if a person is THAT reactive, they can use Ghee, which is clarified butter, which means that its been very gently heated so that the sugar and proteins rise to the surface, are scraped off so you are just left with the fat.
It’s used a lot in Indian cuisine and has more of a nutty flavor.
3. Brussel Sprouts
These mini cabbage morsels of sweet sweet goodness are one of my favs and tis the season for them now as they are a fall veggie.
I roast them. I steam them. I grill them. I eat them raw. I make coleslaw with them. I sauté them. I love them. An easy way to try them is roast on a cookie sheet with olive oil salt and pepper and then put them in a bowl and toss with 3 TBS of mustard (good stuff not the yellow crap) and 3 TBS of a jam of your choice like raspberry or boysenberry. Its amazing.
The best brussel sprouts I have ever had are at Uchiko, a restaurant in Austin, Texas, if you ever have the chance to go to Austin (or live there) GO to Uchiko, get the brussel sprouts, I promise you’ll thank me.
And I use to hate them as a kid. They would make me gag so I would roll them across the table to my grandmother when my parents weren’t looking. So to any of you parents to youngens there might still be hope.
What’s not to love. These green goddesses contain one of the healthiest fats out there. They are great with garlic, a squeeze of lime, a dash of salt and pepper, on sandwiches, in wraps, smashed up, in salads, in dressings, as a dip, eaten with eggs, and my favorite is eating them with a spoon straight out of the skin casing with salt pepper and balsamic vinegar.
5. The Egg
This is another one I’ve talked about before but I think its worth mentioning again. Eggs are awesome. Eat the whole thing please. Get pasture raised whenever you can. Eggs are packed with vitamin A, folate, B vitamins, selenium and phosphorus. They also contain choline, which is used to build our cell membranes. They have lutein, a powerful antioxidant, which is essential for eye health.
Eggs coming from chickens that are raised on grass and bugs are an INCREDIBLE source of omega-3 fatty acid, which will help decrease inflammation in the body.
Poach ‘em, fry ‘em, boil ‘em, scramble ‘em, bake ‘em.
And enjoy ‘em.
Kk, I’m out, I’m hangin’ in Nashville for the next few days talkin’ to y’all about FOOD.