What Healthy Means to Me and How I Get Away with Calling Chocolate Cake Healthy

You may be wondering why the heck you’re seeing some not-so-healthy recipes on a website titled “Happy Food HEALTHY Life.” Believe me when I say that you are not alone. I get daily emails and comments complaining that 3-layer chocolate cakes and frosted donuts do not fall under the scope of healthy. Let me tell you that I can completely understand that frame of mind. Those foods aren’t health foods by any means. So I thought I’d clear the air and tell you exactly my way of thinking and what my definition of healthy is.

All Foods Are Allowed!

That’s right. No diets. No restrictions. No cutting out your favorite foods. I spent way too many unhappy years beating myself up for eating “bad” foods, and it was just leading to guilt and self-hate. I know I’m not the only person in the world who lives with the guilt of not being able to follow the rules of only eating foods from the “good” list. Ever since I took foods out of the “bad” category and added them to the all-encompassing “Foods I Love” category, I have been able to let go of that guilt and stop beating myself up for eating them. A life without chocolate cake and salted-caramel ice cream just isn’t a life worth living, in my opinion!

Moderation is Key!

Now I’ve stated that all foods are allowed – that doesn’t mean that you should eat large portions of treats or even that you should eat them every day. It’s all about moderation. A little bit here and there so you’re not feeling deprived. One special treat a week. A bite-sized piece of candy every day. A little extra indulging on your birthday. Whatever it may be. You get to decide what you’re okay with, but the key is to mostly eat healthy foods with those treats a small percentage of the foods you’re eating. Listen to your body for when it’s full. Don’t over-indulge. Really savor those treats!

Make As Many Healthy Substitutions as Possible!

Yes, there are many treats on Happy Food Healthy Life that are made with full butter and sugar, but most of the time, I am conscious to make healthy substitutions where I can. Coconut oil instead of butter. Applesauce or bananas instead of eggs or oils. Whole wheat flour instead of white refined flour. There are many ways you can add nutritional value to foods that would normally be full of not-so-healthy ingredients.
Regardless if I’ve made substitutions or not, there is one thing that will always be true on my recipes. The majority of my recipes are made without those nasty chemicals and preservatives you get in store-bought items. So if that makes something a bit healthier to me, then fine – I’ll take it. A chocolate cake may not be healthy, but the ones that come from my kitchen are a billion times healthier than the ones you would buy at your grocery store.

So there you have it. That is my definition of healthy. I feel that once you have a happy relationship with food, you are able to live a healthier life, and that is where the concept of this site was born. I hope you are able to enjoy the recipes on my site, whether they fall under your definition of healthy or not.

So now that we’ve cleared the air, here are a few recipes if you’re looking for something TRULY healthy:

 Healthy Toasted Almond Orange Muffins - So simple. Healthy Ingredients. Good for Digestion. www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Healthy Toasted Almond Orange Muffins

Marinated Tofu and Vegetable Bowl - Seriously one of the best things I've ever eaten! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Marinated Tofu and Vegetable Bowl

Green Goddess Smoothie

Green Goddess Smoothie

… or maybe you want something a little more indulgent:

Dark Chocolate Cake with Coffee Buttercream from www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Dark Chocolate Cake with Coffee Buttercream

Copycat Zupas Ultimate Grilled Cheese www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

 Copycat Zupas Ultimate Grilled Cheese

{My Interpretation of} The Best Brownies Ever // Happy Food Healthy Life

 {My Interpretation of} The Best Brownies Ever