It’s high past time to mention food as a means of nurture!
Eating something broadly healthy is a good start. Well… actually, let’s go back a step: Eating anything is a good start – skipped breakfasts, skipped lunches etc. are not so hot on the nurture!
But if you’ve got as far as having some food available, what makes a meal nurturing rather than just broadly nutritious? There’s bound to be loads of different answers to that!
Here’s my personal recipe for food that nurtures:
- Local Produce – Fresh ingredients, purchased from my local grocer, butcher, deli and other friendly stores and suppliers. Preferably grown or reared locally too, but I treat that with a dose of reality (or there would be no olives, lemons, or pretty little pomegranate seeds!)
- Natural produce – seasonal vegetables I’ve grown myself, or veg grown by suppliers with a focus on taste and nutrition rather than uniformity of size and colour.
- Home Cooked – no additives, no preservatives just freshly, lovingly, home cooked food.
- Colourful – my favourite meals are all full of vibrant colour
- Gorgeous taste – flavours that make me smile, my personal favourite palate
- Presentation – Nice plates, relaxing surroundings, a few soft details like flowers on the table, and candles.
- Cake – Afternoon tea is a meal! Lovely fresh baked cake, especially after a wonderful walk
- Company – Relaxed, warm hearted company, the sound of laughter and chatter… probably the chink of wine glasses too 🙂
- Eating consciously! – Savouring flavours, a bit of awareness of what I’m eating, appreciating, grateful for.
- And also … This is real life! Sometimes it’s fish & chips from my favourite chippy, happily consumed with salt and balsamic vinegar, snuggled up watching a favourite film: It is not so conscious, not so healthy… but ohhhh so snuggly!!!
So, what makes meals nurturing for you? What are your personal ingredients?
P.S Here’s the recipe for those Banoffee Cakes …