A wholesome meal enjoyed in the company of loved ones can nourish our soul and sustain our spirits long after we digest the needed nutrients. In today’s fast-paced world, we often think of food as a means to an end: food = calories = energy needed to power through the day. To reconnect with the wholly satiating power of food, we invite you to practice mindful eating. Here are a few tips and recipes that will show you how.
1) Digital Detox: Designate mealtime a device-free zone. By setting aside your technological distractions, you will focus your attention on the food you are putting in your mouth and fully appreciate the various tastes and textures at play. This Tortilla Chip Macaroni & Bean Soup—fortified with Libby’s® Organic Black Beans, fired up with chili powder and topped with crunchy tortilla chips—is a complex collection of flavors that deserves your undivided devotion.
2) Bite by Bite: Instead of chowing at lightning pace, set down your fork after each bite and completely chew everything before going back for more. This will allow you to truly savor every bite and better recognize when you are full. In the spirit of taking things slow, try out this Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Veggies, a tender and melodic medley of bite-size chicken, Libby’s® Sliced Carrots, Sweet Peas and more.
3) Meaningful Chatter: The best complement to any meal is quality conversation. This means looking your dining mates in the eye, asking thoughtful questions and sharing important moments from your day. Get the conversation going with this El Paso Polenta Pie, a stick-to-your-ribs combo of polenta, Libby’s® Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, Organic Black Beans and a decadent three-cheese blend.