Nutrition is such an important piece of getting great results in a health & fitness program, as well as staying healthy in general, and there is so much information out there that it can be hard to know what to do!
That's why all of our clients at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness receive our Healthful Living Guidebook. It is chock full of great information to support you in your health & fitness journey including a complete whole foods based meal plan and recipes to support it.
We know that we only have one chance to prove to people that eating healthy can taste DELICIOUS! So our Healthful Living Guidebook contains all of our favorite recipes, and I have to admit that there are a few that are my ALL TIME favorites in there!
This weekend I cooked up a pot of the Oh So Good! Chili with a Twist. Man, is it delicious! The ingredient list took me by surprise the first time with things like pumpkin puree and cacao, but I'll tell ya, those flavors really contribute to a helluva great chili!
If you're interested in this recipe, click the button below and then scroll down to soups.
It's the first recipe in the sequence. Let me know what you think!
ProTip: I LOVE using whole milk greek yogurt as an alternative to sour cream. And, I recently discovered Hope Organic Guacamole. I used a little of both to spice up my chili and get my probiotics and healthy avocado fat in at the same time! YUM!
My husband is a picky eater. He knows that he needs to eat better, but he's the first to sneak a bag of fried chicken from the Hannaford deli into the house. So I consider him to be the ultimate test when it comes to the legitimate yumminess of a healthy recipe.
The other thing about my husband is that when ever I make chili or pea soup he immediately requests corn bread, and this weekend was no exception! As soon as he saw chili on my meal plan for the week he made the request - Corn bread please!
Another confession for you today - I always made corn bread with the good ol' Quaker Cornmeal and corresponding recipe on the side of the container. I never thought much of it and felt like it was "the way" to make it just as my mother had when I was a kid. It seemed to me to be an "old fashioned" recipe and must be good. I don't know what I was thinking!
I've done my share of reading on nutrition and about a year ago I dove into a book by Dee McCaffrey called The Science of Skinny. In this book she gets into all of the science around why refined sugar, flour and fats (like crisco) are so bad for you.
While in the midst of that book my husband made his standard plea for cornbread, so out came the Quaker cornmeal and I set to work. This was the first time that I realized just how terrible the ingredients were. First of all I was SHOCKED by the list of ingredients in my cornmeal! All kinds of chemicals I could hardly pronounce (and I have a science background!), and the recipe itself consisted of white sugar, white flour and crisco. Oh my!
So, I set off to find a more wholesome cornbread recipe that was made with REAL whole food ingredients but still tasted like the corn bread that my mother, and my husband's mother, once made.
Well people! I am happy to tell you that this weekend I FOUND IT!
And I want to share it with you.
This corn bread is made with sprouted flour, whole corn meal, honey and other whole food ingredients just as mother nature intended. Here it is!
There is nothing better than a hot bowl of chili and a warm, buttery piece of corn bread on a cold winter's night. And this corn bread along with our Oh So Good! Chili with a Twist is a WINNING Combination!
Don't be afraid to adapt your recipes to more wholesome ingredients.
Mother Nature is very smart. She carefully packages our food just the way our bodies want it, with the perfect balance of nutrients. So next time you're having a hankering for your favorite comfort food consider how you can adapt the recipe. You will probably surprise yourself, and your tastebuds!
Looking for some inspiration on how to find that winning recipe that your body will thank you for? Drop me a line! I'm always up to the challenge.
Want a sneak peak at some of our recipes? Here are a few resources to get your started!
Download our QuickStart Guide
This guide will introduce you to healthy living. It includes a 7-day meal plan with healthy & delicious recipes as well as an easy to implement workout guide.
Our Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes
This PDF contains many of our favorite slow cooker recipes. Perfect during these short winter days. Come home to your house smelling of warm, delicious food ready to eat!
Winner Winner Tuscan Chicken
Enjoy this healthy, restaurant quality dinner at home. Quick & easy to prepare and delicious to eat! Includes side dish suggestions too!
Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.