Yesterday I was preparing to eat my dinner, which we will discuss later, (it was yummy) and I paused to say grace. Giving thanks for our food is a normal practice in our home and usually goes something like this. Dear Lord, thank You for this food that we are about to receive. Let it nourish our bodies so that we can go forth and spread Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen. Pretty basic, huh? I actually stopped in the middle of grace and thought about some of the words “Let it nourish our bodies”. Should I really pray that when I’m shoving a Big Mac or Chipotle burrito in my mouth? Lord, I know these French fries and frosty (don’t act like you’ve never had fries and a frosty together before) are full of calories, cholesterol and trans fat but please let them nourish my body! I mean, for real??? Maybe I need to change the way I pray?
A smile spread across my face as I came to the realization that the food that was on my plate would truly nourish my body. My colleague Amanda Archibald, of Field to Plate, talks a great deal about eating for true nourishment. The pounds are not the main goal here: the goal is real food that provides nutritional benefit to our bodies.
I really had to stop and think and this thought helps me decide what I am putting in my body. Now, that does not mean I don’t enjoy my food, I do!! It just means that I know all this kale, carrots and grapefruit I’m putting in my body is nourishing and providing strength and health to me. It’s putting me in a position to do more with more energy, knowing my body is happy. It encourages me to plan ahead and pack fruit and snacks in the car when I know I’m going to be away from home for a long time. This thought encourages me to choose fruit when I really want dessert and whole wheat pasta over white. It also encourages me to get up and head to the gym when I really want to stay in the bed. Nourishment to my body and the bodies of my family is priority #1. Even if I never lose another pound (by the way I’m down 4 pounds, yippee) I want my body to be nourished! So, maybe I’m not changing the way I pray but making sure what I pray is true!
Now, on to this week’s meal: Talk about nourishing our bodies! Roasted Root Vegetables!! Now is the time for these delicious veggies. Basically you chop everything up, add some olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper and roast at 425 for about 45 minutes! I layered mine on a bed of kale and red cabbage. Delish and so simple! Enjoy!
Robin’s Roasted Root Vegetables
Array of root veggies . . .
Chop everything evenly and toss with a few tablespoons of olive oil, a little salt and pepper and herbs (I use basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano). Roast (on foil for easier clean-up) for about 45 minutes. Enjoy!