Let’s face it: we never plan to eat healthy during the holidays.
I mean, the only reason I would pry myself out of bed on these chilly mornings is to get in a workout before the inevitable gorge-fest that would commence that night.
It’s kinda what Christmas is all about, right?
But if you’re like me — and most people I know — you’ve probably eaten too much, drank too much, and feeling the slow death from it.
So here’s a solution: join the super healthy, super tasty meal program offered by Food-Centric, a locally owned business that creates conscious meals that are pre-packed and easy to reheat.
You can choose from three different food plans: paleo (a diet based on eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era), vegetarian and transform nutrition (specially designed for the people who work out at Crossfit East Oahu.)
The cost is $192 for a three-meal plan (12 meals total) and $320 for the five-meal plan (20 meals total). You sign up month-to-month like a gym membership.
But enough about that.
Let’s talk about the food!
So on Dec. 21, I attend one of Food-Centric’s pop-up dinners at Island Brew Coffeehouse in Hawaii Kai. The owners, Kyle Shimoda and Lori Kohara (above), are dear friends and I wanted to support their business.
But to be honest — and if you follow me on Instagram, you’d already know this — I’m not the biggest fan of uber-healthy foods. I mean, I eat donuts about once a week and I should have a frequent eater card at Rainbow Drive-In.
So the thought of eating quinoa tabbouleh and brown rice doesn’t get me all that excited.
Still, I wanted to support my friends and what they’re doing, bringing healthy options to the table for folks too busy to make it themselves.
And let me say, I was duly impressed.
First off, this quinoa tabbouleh was so outstanding, I went back for seconds. The dressing, with lemon juice and garlic, really rounded out the flavors of the quinoa — perfectly cooked, by the way — and red onions and tomatoes. I didn’t think quinoa could taste this good!
And the pork chili verde was another standout. Bold flavors, tender meat — you can’t get much better than that.
I just might like healthy food after all!
While this may not have been strictly paleo or vegetarian, it was a taste of what Food-Centric offers.
So I checked out the January menu for the paleo centric meal plan and check this out: thai curry braised chicken, beef-stuffed green peppers with sun-dried tomato pesto, slow-roasted lamb with roasted garlic sauce, Spanish fish stew with broccoli, and garlic shrimp.
So if you’ve been thinking about the pounds you’ve just gained in the last three days — or overnight, like me — or want to try the paleo diet without having to figure out how to prepare healthy food in a tasty way, this may be the best route for you.
Yes, it’s a bit pricey, but your body will thank you for it.