Readers near and far put in their food-filled questions to our fabulous Resort Chef Tim Heinig! With over 20 years under his belt at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Chef Heinig has made food his passion, his desire, and ultimately his fundamental credo. Not only does he believe that your meal should be a pleasure from start to finish, but he also refuses to cook without the freshest and finest ingredients in all of the land!
This time around we welcome a healthy-minded inspired question from Aubree, a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho local:
Question for Chef Heinig:
Hi there Chef Heinig!
New year, new me! My resolution for 2017 is to continue to indulge in the food I love, but to cook a bit healthier so I don’t have to feel quite as guilty. I know that there are small steps that I can take, such as using Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream, cooking with avocado oil instead of butter, etc. Any other recommendations as to how I can approach my 2017 New Year’s Resolution in an attainable manner?
Thanks Chef Tim!
Aubree (CDA, ID)
Answer from Chef Heinig:
Hello there Aubree!
What a great question! There are actually quite a few easy, and realistic, ways to eat healthy and indulge wisely in the new year. Lets check them out:
1) Eat in smaller portions more often so you can metabolize the food easier.
2) When you snack, do healthy snacks. One of the best things you can do is to make it a goal to eat two pieces of fruit a day! Fruit truly makes for a great afternoon snack. When prepping fruits and vegetable for snack,s do a few days worth so you only have to clean up one time. Having to clean up each time will discourage you from choosing the healthier options.
3) Get creative with your snacks! Cucumbers with fresh lemon and salt and pepper. Shredded cabbage with red wine vinegar and oil. Strawberries with balsamic glaze.
4) When you decide to indulge in a “cheat” meal, if you will, try to include a salad on the side. This will help fill you up on some great nutrients prior to eating the delicious treat.
5) When eating a meal, try to drink water, iced tea or even a small glass of red wine instead of soda pop. Soda is loaded with sugar, and reducing your sugar intake will truly help you lead a healthier lifestyle for years to come.
Good luck Aubree – wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!
Well there ya’ have it folks: lots of tasty fruit and more red wine should most certainly do the trick! Sounds good to me!
Would you like to interrogate our talented Resort chef with your food-filled questions? Then be sure to email Cally King at firstname.lastname@example.org so you can get your kitchen requests responded to by the legendary chef himself! And be sure to stay tuned to see what Chef Heinig has up his sleeve for our fabulous foodies next month!
About Chef Heinig:
Being in the culinary business since he was merely 13 years old, Chef Heinig is truly a cuisine mastermind here at The Resort. After experiencing the ropes of being a chef in Belgium for a period of his food-filled life, Chef Heinig now offers his expertise in culinary creations of all flavors as he currently leads the kitchens of Tito’s Italian Grill as well as Taphouse Unchained. With a zealous love for beer, an avid passion for pizza, and a deep loathing for blowfish, Chef Heinig is truly a foody at its finest!