I’m Martha. I write about the easy healthy recipes that help me balance my love of food and desire to be happy, healthy and slim.
I have a passion for all things food including baking, cooking, eating and avid cookbook collecting, though with each passing year I find myself focusing on ways to keep things easy and effortless in the kitchen.
I’m also a passionate Private Yoga Instructor, and Weight Watchers Lifetime Member who is currently
at below goal (that I set more than 20 years ago ).
This blog is mostly a place for me to share my love of food, baking, cooking, and recipes and share my personal views on weight loss, balanced healthy eating, and living.
You’ll find lots of easy healthy recipes that I think taste delicious.
I believe that the best approach to healthy eating, cooking, living, and weight loss is to you keep things simple, stay positive and focus on finding your happy healthy balance. It’s about finding the balance between your love of delicious food and desire to be slim and healthy. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s well worth the time and effort. With practice I’ve learned that I can have my cake and eat it too!
Balancing the love of delicious food and desire to be slim and healthy. You can have your cake and eat it too!
Easy Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss
Do you think that healthy home cooking is complicated or boring? It doesn’t have to be. Cooking can be easy and delicious when you have the right information, tools, techniques and quick and easy recipes.
Healthy meals cooked at home are always better for you (and your wallet) than take out or fast food and they can be a lot more satisfying too. And so much lower in calories and fat. Don’t get me wrong. I love to eat out and order take out, but it can be tricky when you’re trying to lose weight.
(I was talking with a a friend recently, who said it’s a total mystery to her how restaurants create food that’s so inflated with salt and fat. If you’ve ever taken the time to check out a restaurant’s nutrition information before heading out to eat, you know exactly what she means! It takes pre-planning to stay on track.)
What you need to make healthy home cooking a reality are easy recipes with simple common ingredients. The key to simple cooking is finding recipes with just a few easy-to-find ingredients and preparation steps.
And that’s what I’ve tried to provide on this site: easy healthy recipes for quick dishes that taste delicious, including lots of easy soup recipes (one of my favorite things to make), along with a healthy dose of sweet treats, like easy cookie and brownie recipes (another favorite).
You’ll find quick easy dinner recipes that are easy to make and taste great including slow cooker recipes that practically cook themselves, along with lots of cooking tips, hints and how-tos to help making cooking easier.
Disclaimer/Please Note: I’ve also begun including nutritional information and Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS values on new recipes as I add them (effective September 2011). I’m a longtime Weight Watchers Lifetime Member who believes strongly in their message that it’s not about dieting; its about embracing a healthy lifestyle. I love that fruits and vegetables are now zero PointsPlus foods on the new PointsPlus program. But this site is not affiliated with Weight Watchers in any way. What I write here is about my personal experience on the plan. The views expressed are my own and do not reflect the views of Weight Watchers.
Balanced Healthy Eating for Weight Loss
A balanced healthy diet changes everything. Good health begins with the food choices you make. In addition to nourishing you, food is one of life’s great pleasures. I believe that one of the keys to sustainable weight loss is slowing down and really ENJOYING your food.
It doesn’t matter how healthy or low calorie a food is, if it doesn’t taste good, you’re not going to eat it! (At least not for very long.) Life is too short not to nourish yourself with delicious healthy food!
Healthy eating can be easy and delicious!
All it takes is the desire along with the right information, techniques, tips and tools.
That’s where this website comes in.
After years of wading through conflicting nutritional information and struggling to determine the “correct way to eat healthfully” I decided that the best approach to healthy eating is one of simplicity and common sense.
It’s about adopting a healthy lifestyle you can live with for the long run – not going on another deprivation-based diet.
Although, we are all unique and may have different dietary needs, there are some things from which we can all benefit – reducing highly processed foods, refined and manufactured food, cutting back on excess sugar and unhealthy fats, increasing fruits and vegetables, and enjoying simple home-cooked meals that are low in calories and fat as much as possible.
It’s about creating a simple healthy balanced lifestyle that is realistic, practical and not subject to the latest nutritional fads, whims and popular diets of the moment. It’s about finding a happy healthy balance – eating healthy most of the time and not worrying about the occasional indulgences. (I believe that sometimes a food’s love content totally outweighs its fat and sugar content and aim to eat fresh, healthy real food 75-80% of the time. But I’m over being obsessive about it. Been there and done that. Life is too short for that kind of self-imposed anxiety.)
As a longterm yo-you dieter turned enthusiastic Weight Watcher’s Lifetime Member, I’ve learned that an instinctive/intuitive approach to eating along with moderation and common sense and a focus on good health works best for me.
I believe that it’s healthy to have some indulgent things in life that please you and for me that includes reading cookbooks, and baking so you’ll find lot’s easy bread & muffin and easy dessert recipes here too. I even have a website dedicated to easy cookie recipes where I indulge my sweet tooth.
Day-to-day and week-to-week it’s about finding the balance between health and pleasure and letting yourself really ENJOY your food in moderation.