Happy New Year everyone!!!! 2016 is going to be a crazy year for me. Like SUPER crazy… we can talk more about that later though.
So this is the time of year where everyone is making resolutions to eat healthier, or get in shape, or spend more time with family, or whatever it may be this year. That’s all well and good. I think taking time to assess your life and set new goals or make some positive changes is always a good idea. If you’re doing it from a loving and nonjudgemental place of course. I also don’t think these positive changes should only happen on January first.
I don’t know what it is with January first. I suppose the first day of the year is a good day for a new beginning. But any day can be a new beginning if you choose it to be. So I didn’t set any New Year’s resolutions this year. No diets, no new exercise regimes, no new habits to add to my daily routine. I’ve been having some issues with anxiety lately that I’ve been trying to work through, and I didn’t think adding any new habits or goals would be a good idea. I’d just break them as soon as the anxiety set in. But I’m hoping to make some progress and get to a point where I feel more comfortable setting some new goals for myself (and this here blog), whether that’s on March 23rd, August 17th, or January 1st, 2017.
But just because I’m boycotting New Year’s resolutions doesn’t mean you are joining me. And if your 2016 New Year’s resolution is to clean up your diet, I want to support you in any way I can! Whenever I talk to someone who is “on a healthy diet,” I always hear about how much they miss their favorite foods. Potato chips are usually one of those favorite foods they miss when trying to eat healthy. And I certainly don’t blame them. Those crispy and salty chunks of starchy goodness are hard to resist!
But, resisting them is a good idea if you’re concerned about your health. My objection to potato chips isn’t about the fat content, or even about the potato itself. It’s about the fats the potatoes are typically fried in. Rancid industrial seed oils to be specific, like canola oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, etc. So if you’re going to eat potato chips, eat those that have been fried in quality oils that are safe at higher temperature like coconut oil, tallow or lard.
Or make these beet chips instead! I think they’re just as tasty as potato chips, but cooked in healthy fats and lower in carbs. Plus beets are great for your gallbladder. They keep the bile flowing smoothly to help emulsify all those healthy fatty acids. Like the ones in this delicious garlic aioli. The combo of the beet chips and the garlic aioli is KILLER, but the aioli is good on pretty much anything. If you’re not a fan of beets, try it in a lettuce wrapped sandwich, or dip some roasted carrots or parsnips in it, or put it on top of some pork. Whatever floats your boat!
- For the beets:
- 4-5 medium beets
- Coconut oil (palm shortening or lard would work too)
- Salt to taste
- For the aioli:
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp yellow mustard
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup avocado oil
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- For the beets:
- Add coconut oil to a heavy bottomed pot (I used my dutch oven but a cast iron skillet with high sides works great too) so that there is about 1 inch of oil and heat the oil to 350 degrees.
- Thinly slice beets using a mandoline or a sharp knife and carefully add slices to hot oil. You will have to do this in batches so you don't overcrowd the beets. Try to keep the oil temp steady.
- Cook beets in hot oil for about 3-4 minutes until starting to brown slightly. Remove beets from oil with a slotted spoon and place on a plate covered in a paper towel. Repeat with remaining beet slices.
- For the aioli:
- Add the egg, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and both oils to a wide mouth pint sized mason jar. Blend with immersion blender until emulsified. Add minced garlic and blend again.
Did you make any resolutions for 2016? What were they?
In vibrant health,