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How to Eat Healthy, Tasty Food and Save Money and Time

 Life is about choices

Forward by Mark Burton

Hi all, we have a wonderful article to bring to you today… How to Eat Healthy, Tasty Food AND Save Money and Time is a inspirational “day in the life of” post for anyone who has not yet embraced the sheer simplicity of good, home cooked food.  

Arlene - Eat Healthy Author

The following piece is a day in the life of Arlene, a friend of All Just Choice… who wanted to share the joy and simplicity of the days she enjoys the most.  Arlene loves food, life and healthy living. Something which clearly shows through as she allows us to peek into her day and share some of the choices she makes.

Just one quick note on the recipes… Arlene lives in Manila (yes we really are that multi-cultural). The recipes are traditional Filipino fayre. They look amazingly tasty and mouthwatering. For those primal lovers, there are some very easy tweaks to make them paleo / low carb / high fat friendly… we’ll point those out in the recipe ingredients themselves.  Just look for the (Paleo Perfect) Tag

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Rise Early and Embrace Your Day

One option is to get up late and, at some stage, snap up a quick processed breakfast with almost no nutritional benefit and a raft of harmful ingredients. This is undeniably a tasty and convenient pathway. It is also ruinous for the body if pursued on a regular basis.

Choose instead to rise early and embrace your day.

Walk to the market gently to get your blood circulating. Capitalize on the freshest produce that is available for the early bird after first getting in some gentle exercise. Win-win.

Stock up on fresh fruit and veg then take care of your other shopping needs. You will be surprised at how little you spend. You might, however, need to travel home by taxi instead as you are now armed with bulging bags.

When you get in, try this scrumptious breakfast. It’s incredibly cheap and on your plate within minutes…

Bananas in virgin coconut oil with Ceylon cinnamon

Bananas in virgin coconut oil with Ceylon cinnamon Ingredients:


  • Heat oil in pan and add bananas and cinnamon
  • Stir fry for 1-2 mins
  • You can use a sprinkling of sugar
    (Paleo Perfect: Swap for Raw Honey)


As the day draws to noon, the sun’s rays hotter and the tasks grow tougher, our bodies crave for something heavier to supply its needs.

How about a dish consisting of protein, carbohydrates with vegetables and fruit combined?

A combination of a tasty, powerhouse meal with loads of nutrients in it and even some good fats…

It sounds like the best deal for lunch right?

Imagine enjoying delicious food with no guilt of harming your body or

altering your weight. Wouldn’t that be a delight to try?

Well, guys, we present to you the famous Filipino dish Chicken Adobo with a twist. …

Why with a twist?

Because we added pineapple chunks to it.

Pineapple is known the world over as one of the best antioxidants that can swiftly eliminate any bad cholesterol or sodium in our body within seconds!

This meal is definitely very safe and good even for people with cardiovascular diseases. Chicken breast is white meat and only red meat tends to possess harmful toxins.

We will also have the skin removed here. So…

Enjoy cooking and eating this dish without any worries in your mind.

Pineapple Chicken Adobo

  Pineapple Chicken AdoboIngredients:

  • 1 chicken breast chopped into pieces with skin removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 /2 cup soy sauce
    (Paleo Perfect: Swap for Coconut Aminos)
  • 2 pcs potatoes, sliced diagonally
    (Paleo Perfect: Swap for Sweet Potatoes)
  • Chopped fresh pineapple
  • Peppercorns


  • Heat oil in pan and add chicken, garlic, bay leaf and sauté all
  • Then add vinegar, soy sauce, potatoes and pepper corns
  • Bring to a boil and simmer until chicken and potatoes are tender
  • Add pineapple, simmer for a few minutes then serve


And finally, as the day begins to close, wouldn’t it be nicer to end it with a bang!?

How about a delicious, cheap (but again super-healthy) dish for dinner? Something that is easier to prepare, faster to cook and is lighter to eat…

This food is actually a bit more common with strict vegans. Stir fried mixed vegetables.

Usually, stir fried meals does not include coconut milk and curry powder in them. But in this recipe we incorporated these tasty ingredients to add more flavor and zest to the dish.

Not to mention the lovely color and appearance that makes this meal look more appetizing. It can even get the attention of children who hate eating vegetables to try and taste the many varieties on offer.

And, to add a more vegan touch, we include tofu and beans as a source of protein instead of red meat. This is matched with brown rice, another far healthier choice than white rice.

Come home then and throw those bags and coats on the couch and head to the kitchen to start cooking this delectable food.

It won’t take you too long to do this. Just a mere 15 to 20 minutes and you can start eating and laze on your bed for the night. Healthy eating!

Vegetable Stir Fry with Tofu and Coconut Milk


  • 1 pound firm tofu12650919_10153878438116779_4499452935943746860_n
    (Paleo Perfect: Use portabella mushrooms)
  • 3 medium egg plant
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 pound green beans
    (Paleo Perfect: Green beans are on the fence, have them in moderation )
  • 1 cup fresh coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
  • Pink Himalayan salt, black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tbsp ginger
  • 1 cup brown rice
    (Paleo Perfect: Use Cauliflower Rice)


  • Cook rice
  • Dice tofu and chop vegetables
  • Stir fry tofu with oil in wok on medium-high heat.
  • Add egg plant, bell pepper and beans, stir fry for few more minutes
  • Add tomatoes, ginger and coconut milk, stir well, cook for 2 minutes
  • Sprinkle with Himalayan salt and pepper
  • Serve with rice

Whatever age you may be, no matter how busy you are, it doesn’t hurt to change your diet and lifestyle habits to healthier and safer ones.

And it is much better to start now rather than wait till you begin to feel the bad rewards of an unhealthy lifestyle.

And, as my doctor always says,  “Those unhealthy foods are only best for the tongue, inside it creates chaos in our body and organs.”

So, what are you waiting for? Do it now and enjoy and reap the benefits of choosing the right way.


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