Steamed Calamari Salad Meal

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Our newest HumanaNatura salad meal combines diverse natural vegetables with vitamin-rich cheese and one of the healthiest fish in the sea, and all notably in a very-low carbohydrate or ketogenic format (there are options below to add carbohydrates and reduce fats if you are not eating ketogenically). The result is a delicious and optimally healthy meal, which is always the case when we prepare meals the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Check out the meal photo and instructions below, and be sure to subscribe to follow our healthy meal and other informative natural health posts!

This HumanaNatura meal begins with 120-250 grams (4-8 ounces) of wild-caught and cleaned calamari, seasoned with red and black pepper, which is pan-steamed for about five minutes on a small bed of diced shallot, garlic, and enough shredded cabbage to hold the fish above the water (see our Cooking With Steam Overview if you are new to food steaming). As the calamari pieces cook, a raw salad is prepared with mixed greens, a handful of chopped cilantro, slices of avocado, a small amount of sliced tomato and cucumber, some sliced orange bell pepper, a few pieces of brie cheese, and a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

When the fish is done, it is allowed to cool for a moment or two, and then added to the salad, along with the cooked veggies, as shown. Finally, the entire meal is garnished with black pepper, parsley flakes, a bit of nutritional yeast, and a small drizzle of chilli sauce, and then served promptly. If you want a higher carbohydrate and lower fat version of this meal, options include adding a bit of diced sweet potato to the steaming base and/or including a scattering of berries on top of the salad, and reducing the cheese, avocado, and olive oil (but avoiding grains, legumes, and added sugars, in keeping with HumanaNatura’s overall science-based paleophytoketo approach to nutrition). In either case, a meal that is fast and easy to make, delicious, and healthy.

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our free health programs and resources at Welcome.

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Low-Carb, Pro-Keto Salad Meal

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With this HumanaNatura salad meal, we are beginning a new series on natural but very-low carbohydrate or ketogenic (ketone-producing) eating. As you may know, ketogenic diets are increasingly popular today, but also controversial, since their long-term effects are not well-studied. However, ketosis is a natural process and, uncontroversially, ketogenic eating has at least one reliable and quite useful benefit. This is its crucial dampening of hunger and food cravings – via lowered sugar and insulin, elevated energy-rich ketones, and the increased dietary oils and fats that are a normal part of ketogenic nutrition. In practice, this natural reduction in hunger can greatly aid, though of course does not guarantee, healthier food choices and more optimal meal frequency and size.

But returning to current controversies surrounding ketogenic nutrition, we want to emphasize that many approaches to ketogenic eating today do, in fact, appear broadly unhealthy – especially by being inadequately green and deemphasizing whole natural foods. In our new series, we will help you to naturalize and thereby optimize ketogenic eating – demonstrating how it can be done the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines, each in a very-low carbohydrate format. Check out our first meal, and be sure to subscribe to follow the new series and our other informative natural health posts!

This extra low-carb HumanaNatura meal begins with a piece of salmon, seasoned with Cajun spices and black pepper, which is pan-steamed on a small bed of diced shallot and garlic, with enough shredded cabbage to hold the fish above the water (see our Cooking With Steam Overview if you are new to food steaming). As the salmon fillet cooks, a raw salad is prepared with mixed greens, a handful of chopped cilantro, slices of avocado, a small amount of sliced tomato and cucumber, a few pieces of brie cheese, and a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. When the fish is done, it is allowed to cool for a moment or two, and then added to the salad, along with the cooked veggies, as shown. Finally, the entire meal is garnished with black pepper, parsley flakes, and a bit of nutritional yeast, and then served promptly. Overall, a meal that is fast and easy to make, delicious, low in sugars but not fiber, and rich in essential minerals and vitamins, with enough healthy fats and proteins to keep our hunger at bay for several hours, or even longer (if you want a higher carbohydrate and non-ketogenic variation of this meal, options include adding a bit of diced sweet potato to the steaming base and/or including a scattering of berries on top of the salad).

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our free health programs and resources at Welcome.

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Mussels For Muscles Salad Meal

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There’s an idea that we need to load-up on red meats, and the muscle-building proteins – notably carnitine – they naturally contain, if we are to be at peak physical fitness. But years of research do not support this conclusion, and even suggest that both excess carnitine and diets high in the saturated fats red meats contain may be harmful. Overall, there are more clearly healthful ways to get the proteins we need to be healthy and fit. These include vegetable proteins and leaner non-red meats. But low-fat and omega-3-rich fish, especially from low in the marine food chain, may be our healthiest single protein source (unless we have a fish allergy). If you don’t consume much fish today, and worry that fish is difficult or expensive to prepare, we want to assure you this needn’t be the case, especially when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Today’s salad meal is a delicious case in point.

Our sample HumanaNatura meal begins with a serving of previously shelled and blanched mussels, which are then pan-sautéed with crushed garlic, diced onion, cut white zucchini, and sliced baby carrots until all are cooked through. While these foods cook, a simple raw salad base is prepared with fresh arugula, diced cucumber and tomato, and a light vinaigrette dressing. When the cooked foods are done, they are plated alongside the raw vegetables, everything is garnished with black pepper and parsley flakes, and the meal is served promptly. Overall, a quick, inexpensive, and extra-healthy way to get the proteins we need to be fit and at our best – and a model for how we might eat optimally each day, whether we are athletes or not.

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our free health programs and resources at Welcome.

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HN’s April Health Challenge!

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It’s April, and whether this means spring or fall where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s April Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

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Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our overall natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

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Steamed Veggies Salad Meal

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In the transition from winter to spring, or summer to fall, sometimes we want a meal that is warm but not too warm, and perhaps filling but not too filling as well. In any case, making extra-healthy meals that are warm or cool, and filling or less so, is always easy when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Today’s steamed veggies salad meal is a delicious example, and study in making meals that are just right, and neither too big, small, hot, and cool.

Our sample HumanaNatura meal begins with a some sliced golden potato, cut yellow onion, crushed and chopped garlic, and cayenne pepper, all of which are steamed at medium-high heat for about three minutes (see our Cooking With Steam Overview if you are new to food steaming). As these foods cook, half of a zucchini and carrot are each cut into noodles, either with a knife or using a veggetti noodle slicer. The noodles are then placed atop the steaming root veggies and everything is steamed for an additional three minutes.

As the steamed portion of the meal finishes cooking, a handful of fresh arugula or another raw green is placed on the side of a plate, along with bit-sized pieces of cucumber and tomato, and this part of the meal is dressed with a bit of white balsamic vinegar and olive oil. When the steamed veggies are done, they are plated alongside the raw foods, and dressed with a bit of red chilli sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. The entire meal is then garnished with black pepper and parsley, and a bit of ground ginger and sesame seeds if you would like, and served promptly. Not too hot or cool, or too filling or light – just quick, easy, delicious, and super-healthy!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our free health programs and resources at Welcome.

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Get Moving Steam Meal

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In cold or cool weather especially, there’s nothing like a good warm meal to get us moving, and to keep us moving. For this goal, we need meals that are filling, but not overfilling, have plenty of natural carbohydrates and fiber, and include a bit of protein and fat. A problem for many of us is that we don’t know how to make nutritiously complete meals like this, at least quickly and easily. But making meals that are warm, filling, and optimally healthy is always quick and easy when we prepare foods the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines.

Today’s sample HumanaNatura Steam Meal begins by steaming some cut sweet potato, onions, and garlic, seasoned with red and black pepper, for about two minutes. A bed, or nest, of shredded cabbage is then added, two cracked eggs are placed on top, yolks broken, and the meal is steamed for another two minutes. Sliced orange bell pepper (or your favorite cookable veggies) are added, and the meal is steamed for two more minutes and then allowed to sit covered for another minute. The cooked meal is then plated and served promptly, after being garnished with a bit of butter for flavor and heartiness, zig-zags of chilli sauce and oyster sauce, a bit of black pepper, a peeled and chopped orange on the sides, and a few shakes of parsley flakes. A delicious, inviting, and healthy meal, one that is quick to prepare and will get you up and moving!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious, inviting, and nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Steam Meals via our Steam Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at HumanaNatura.

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Veggetti Marinara Steam Meal

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With cooler weather and shorter days upon us in much of the world, we may have an added desire for heartier and warming meals. And often, our thoughts will turn to wheat and other grain-based pastas. But before you go there, consider the lower-calorie and grain-free option of hearty and filling veggetti, or spaghetti-style noodles made from squashes. They are very nutritious, gentler on the environment than grains, and easy to make and serve, especially when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Today’s example HumanaNatura Steam Meal shows you the basics of grain-free noodle dishes, which you can vary in many different ways.

Our HumanaNatura sample meal begins with a bed of shredded cabbage and carrot placed in a saucepan, upon which are layered some diced shallot and garlic, a small zucchini squash that has been cut into ‘veggetti’ noodles (see here for info on a cutting tool), a coarsely-diced portobello mushroom (feel free to substitute diced poultry, fish, or meat), and a bit of julienne-cut orange bell pepper. This stack of foods is then covered and steamed on moderate heat for four or five minutes (see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming), a generous dollop of marinara sauce is added, and everything is steamed for an additional minute or two. The meal is then plated, garnished with shredded mozzarella (or parmesan) cheese, a splash of olive oil, black pepper, and chopped parsley, and served immediately. Hearty, healthy, and delicious, making even the coldest days a bit warmer and summer a little closer.

Learn more about creating naturally delicious, inviting, and nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Steam Meals via our Steam Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

Tell others about HumanaNatura…give the gift of modern natural life!

HN’s October Health Challenge!

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It’s October, and whether this means fall or spring where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s October Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

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Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our transformative natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

Continue reading “HN’s October Health Challenge!”

Yummy Lunch Plate Salad Meal

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How are the restaurant lunch plate specials near where you live or work? Perhaps you are lucky, and they are delicious and nutritious – and inexpensive too. But perhaps not, and perhaps not very nutritious or healthy especially. It’s a shame, and missed opportunity, since lunch and other meals that have all these qualities are easy to make and serve, when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Our example HumanaNatura Salad Meal offers a case in point, and is one you or your local lunch spot could easily imitate and do variations on.

Today’s HumanaNatura sample meal is from NaturaLife contributor Erin Murray. It begins with a grilled and lightly seasoned grass-fed beef patty, which could also be steamed (see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming). Accompanying this protein portion of the meal, and notably comprising the majority of the meal by volume, is a salad of greenleaf lettuce and tomatoes (dressed to taste), a small bundle of carrot strips, a warm riced cauliflower and broccoli mix, a bit of sliced apple, and a spoonful of sauerkraut to spice things up and as an added probiotic. A delicious, diverse, and very healthy lunch plate, and one that is quick to prepare too. Your order’s up!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

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Brunch Anytime Salad Meal

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Do you enjoy having brunch, at home or out with family or friends? For many of us, it’s a great time and way to eat – not too late for comforting breakfast foods, or too early for something a little more adventurous. And brunch meals of course can be as healthy as they are delicious, especially when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Today’s example HumanaNatura Salad Meal shows you exactly how.

For today’s HumanaNatura sample meal, we begin by steaming a root base of diced white sweet potato and onion or shallot, along with a bit of crushed and finely chopped garlic and a dash of black pepper, for about four minutes in a covered saute pan (see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming). When the potatoes are almost cooked, some broccoli florets, sliced red bell pepper, and baby spinach leaves are added and everything is covered and steamed for two more minutes.

Once this steaming is done, the pan is uncovered, any remaining water is drained, and a splash of olive oil is added. The veggie mix is then sautéed on medium-high heat for about two minutes, two whisked eggs are added, and a folded omelet is cooked to taste. While the omelet cooks, a generous salad of arugula or other greens, halved grape tomatoes, and julienne-cut cucumber is prepared and dressed on half of a dinner plate. The omelette is added on the other side of the plate, along with a bit of tomato salsa, and the entire meal is garnished with black pepper and finely-chopped parsley or cilantro and served immediately. Quick, delicious, and a reminder of how good and healthy brunch can be – anytime of the day or night.

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

Tell others about HumanaNatura…give the gift of modern natural life!