I’m a big fan of moderation in all areas of my life. But I especially like to practice moderation in my cooking and eating. I think life is too short to eat kale and flaxseed for every meal and conversely, life is (hopefully) too long to eat deep-fried Twinkies every day.
So I try to make the majority of my recipes fall somewhere between the kale and the Twinkies. It means sometimes I eat crazy decadent pizzas and also that a lot of the times I take a “normal” recipe and clean it up a bit by reducing the sugar, using whole grains, or adding something to boost the nutrition factor.
The all-or-nothing concept with it comes to life (but especially our food) can be so damaging. You can be a “healthy eater” and still enjoy beer and pizza and pie. You can nourish your body while still nourishing your soul—I promise. You won’t find me passing up my Mama’s chocolate chip cookies this holiday season in order to stay “on track.” No, no, no. Healthy eating is about nourishing your body and your soul!
And sometimes, I think it’s possible to do both at the same time—like taking the classic pumpkin pie recipe and making it a bit lighter and healthier. Soul=nourished. Body=nourished. Me=happy Cass.
So maybe this isn’t the cleanest pumpkin pie ever. Okay, it totally isn’t. There is still butter, there is still sugar, and it still tastes like a totally decadent dessert. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill pumpkin pie either. It’s made with a 100% whole wheat crust, egg whites, and a heck of a lot less sugar than your normal store-bought pie.
And that’s enough for me. Especially around the holidays. Every little decision you can make to try to be a bit healthier should be celebrated! So I’m going to celebrate this lightened-up pie and celebrate the holidays with the ones I love. That’s what “healthy eating” is really all about in my book! Enjoy.