Many people don’t realize the toll that substance abuse takes on an addict’s physical health and their relationship with food. It’s quite common for people who are heavily into the cycle of addiction to forego making healthy choices in favor of eating fast food or skipping meals entirely. Addiction recovery nutrition is very important. Not only does it help to make clients at The Dunes feel better physically, but it also reminds them that there is pleasure from the experience of enjoying good, nutritious food.
Healthy Eating Tips In Recovery
- Eat a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and lean sources of protein
- Experiment with new foods or different cooking methods. Step outside your culinary comfort zone to try including seafood as well as chicken and beef in your diet. Eat a vegetarian meal from time to time. If you want to have a salad, include different types of greens and nuts/seeds to get a different taste and texture.
- Visit a local market to buy fresh produce when you can. You’ll be able to taste the difference over food that has been transported over a distance to reach the store.
- Eat slowly and enjoy the taste and texture of your food. Appreciate the entire experience, including the aroma..
- Find some simple recipes, like this one for Wonton Chicken Tacos, that you can prepare on your own.
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, boiled and shredded
2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
2 Tablespoons sesame ginger dressing
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
2 Tablespoons Mexican cheese
8 square wonton wrappers
1 red chili pepper, seeded and sliced
½ avocado, peeled and sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a mixing bowl, combine shredded chicken, BBQ sauce, sesame ginger dressing, cilantro leaves, and Mexican cheese.
- Place one or two tablespoons of the chicken mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper. Pinch two edge corners together. Repeat with remaining chicken mixture and wonton wrappers.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the prepared wonton wraps on the baking sheet. Spray generously with cooking spray.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the wrappers are golden brown and crispy in texture.
- Sprinkle with red chili pepper. Serve with sliced avocados, if desired.
Nutrition education and planning is a key part in The Dunes addiction recovery program. Call us now to begin your journey to freedom and happiness!