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As you continue to improve your diet and focus on a healthier gut, you might find yourself reminiscing on your past and some of the savory dishes you no longer eat. There are over 2,000 food additives that sneak into the American diet on a regular basis! It’s no joke when it comes to large amounts of hidden ingredients that saturate our food system.
One food additive, in particular, is monosodium glutamate (MSG). This is often used in Asian cuisine, fast food, deli meats, soup, soy sauce, and bouillon. Individuals can have a wide variety of reactions to this particular additive. They include headaches, disturbances in gut health, increased inflammation, possible weight gain, and increased blood pressure.
Avoiding harmful food additives is key to gut integrity and overall health! It can be challenging to go out to eat and know completely what is going into your food. Try avoiding fast food or chain restaurants and enjoy dining out at places that emphasize high-quality foods and are allergen friendly.
In the meantime, you can enjoy the same great taste of popular dishes without processed ingredients. I’ve got an amazing orange chicken recipe that won’t take you long to put together, making it easier than grabbing unhealthy takeout!
1 lb chicken breast, sliced vertically into 2-inch pieces
1 orange, juiced
1 tsp orange zest
2 cups cauliflower rice
¼ cup coconut aminos
1 tbs raw local honey
⅓ cup full fat coconut milk
2 tbs sesame seed oil
½ cup frozen peas
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 clove garlic
2 tbs avocado oil
Sea salt and pepper
In skillet, over medium heat add avocado oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Saute chicken on each side for 3-4 minutes or until fully cooked.
In a blender, mix orange juice, coconut aminos, sesame seed oil, honey, coconut milk, and garlic until smooth.
In another medium skillet over low heat, mix the cauliflower rice, carrots and peas with the sauce for 2 minutes. Then, add in the chicken for another minute and mix all ingredients together. Turn off heat, add orange zest and serve.