6 Tips to Rethinking Your Sides at Meal Time

As I help my clients adjust their food to maximize their nutrition, we think through small spaces to make changes. There are many places you can start making shifts. One of those places are your sidekicks that accompany your main course for the meal.

In traditional American meals, the sides are often lacking in nutrition or dismissed at the table. Chips, fries and corn become the easy serving food to assist with sandwiches or meats. So let’s rethink this. What if you added sides that made a difference in both your nutritional intake and the experience of the meal?

I am not apposed to chips, potatoes and corn, but they are often so processed or genetically modified that we are reducing our intake to a toxic overload. So let me give you some thoughts on both below.

1. Purchase a different chip

Chips are always processed so the best way to make a shift is to look at the ingredients. You want an organic potato. You want oils that are nutritional. (Avocado, coconut or Olive Oil) You want to have fewer ingredients and be able to pronounce all of them!

Potatoes are the cleaning crew to genetically modified crops, so you want to get chips made from a clean potato, not a dirty one. This is why you need to purchase organic potatoes. You can also look for these options for a better chip in these brands: Way Better, Jackson’s HonestTerra’s Chips and El Milagro chips .

2. Create a new potato

As you purchase organic potatoes, make your fries in a better oil like avocado oil for a high temp oil that won’t burn and tastes delicious. You can replace the potatoes with root veggies like jicama, colorful carrots, parsnips, or sweet potatoes. You can also fry them in coconut oil or olive oil for a wonderful taste! Add himalayan salt and black pepper.

After fries are done, mince fresh garlic to top them with and you will have a completely new gourmet experience! Think through purchasing organic colorful potatoes and make them into smaller shapes including the peeling. It will make you fuller and reduce the amount you eat on the side.

3. Go with Organic corn

If you are going to choose to eat corn, choose a non-gmo corn chip like El Milagro or go with a sweet organic corn on the cob. Try blue corn chips and add in some fresh salsa or guacamole! Make your own corn chips using non-gmo corn tortillas or almond flour tortillas. Heat them on a the stove in avocado oil until they are crisp. They are a delicious way to eat your corn and keep out the toxins.

4. Replace the Crunch

Another way you can rethink sides is to give a better crunch. Use plantain chips and dried veggie chips (without any other ingredients) to give you a nice crunch and alternative to a chip.  I also use nuts like almonds, walnuts or cashews to serve on the side. They are very filling and packed with protein and omega oils our brain needs.

Try sprouted seeds like those from the company Go Raw. Seaweed is also a good crunchy side and packed with iodine! Try a fruit like a raw cucumber with lemon juice and salt and pepper. Add in some tomatoes and you have a good crunchy salad. Combine any of these together to give you a fun and colorful side.

Don’t forget your dried beans! Chickpeas from The Good Bean and Saffron Road are a delicious and flavorful crunchy replacement! You can also find veggie chips like these from Better Chip company.

5. Increase the veggies

Don’t forget about your veggies! Saute squash like butternut squash (which tastes like a potato) and zucchini in olive oil, salt, garlic and black pepper.  Make your salad with shredded cabbage to add a crunchy side. Use herbs like cilantro, mint and basil to add flavor to your salads. Serve with this dressing and fresh minced garlic.

Serve raw veggies with this buttermilk dressing. There is always room to add more veggies. You can also utilize fruits like avocados, tomatoes and cucumbers and add seeds and nuts along the side of them.

You can also sauté shredded brussels and sweet potatoes with garlic and you will have a whole new amazing side to join your meal! Your veggies won’t disappoint you, utilize them!

6. Maximize the sour power

Have you ever finished a meal and wanted something sweet to eat? This craving could be for a number of reasons, but one way to decrease the power of your sweet tooth is by incorporation sour or fermented foods at every meal. Pickles are a great sour side to include in your meal. Using the apple cider dressing on salads can also help.

Don’t be afraid to serve a side of sauerkraut, kimchi or fermented veggies. You can also serve a scoop of White Mountain whole fat yogurt with a splash of raw honey or stevia. The pour of eating sour foods with meals will create healthy gut and allow your sweet craving to become weaker.

Don’t be afraid to rethink your sides! What recipes have you found helpful to replace your typical sides? Comment below.





Kimberly Stewart
Kimberly Stewart

I am a wife, mom of 4, friend and neighbor and understand how hard it can be to implement health in our busy lives! I am an Integrative Holistic Health Coach and passionate about empowering others towards wellness in their everyday lives!