Just like with friendships and romantic relationships, our relationship with food is something we must nurture and continue to develop. After all, how you eat plays a huge role in your overall health and wellbeing. We all get so busy that we forget how to enjoy food. Sometimes we need to be reminded about how to do so. Behold, our five healthy food relationship tenets.
1. Take A Cooking Class
Cooking is one of the most primal activities you can engage in. Spending time in the kitchen and creating beautiful foods is so incredibly comforting and rewarding. Eating is something we do daily and becoming connected to your food’s preparation is an important step towards developing healthy eating habits. For a full list of great healthy cooking classes, check here. Our favorites? All of Sesame Kitchen sessions from learning how to make sourdough to classes on fermented foods! We also love Olive Leaf‘s luscious Mediterranean vegetarian cuisine classes.
2. Stroll Through Food Markets
Us Green Queen gals have a total love affair with food markets. Walking through stalls of beautiful produce and delicious food products is enthralling for all your senses: the sounds, the smells, the feels, the tastes…We can’t get enough. If you can, take some time once a week to visit our local wet markets and farmers markets. The wet markets are an ideal place to learn more about local ingredients. Make sure to use our handy Wet Market Guide series to help with identifying the dizzying array of fruits and veggies. You can also visit one of our many farmers markets to meet local food producers and buy direct from farmers. Here’s a handy list of all the best farmers markets in town.
3. Spend On Quality Food
It’s a sad truth that in today’s world, most of us will happily spend hundreds of dollars on the latest sneakers while scoffing at the price of organic veggies, despite the fact that the sneaker company is heavily overcharging you, whilst the organic farmer is making a meagre profit from selling you his harvest. At the end of the day, what is more important than what you eat? Study after study shows that it is literally the most important part of the health puzzle so spend on food: buy the best you can afford and review our guide to eating quality, healthy foods whilst on a budget.
4. Discover Local Food Artisans
Food tastes better when it’s fresh, there’s no doubt about it. While cooking at home is ideal, many of us don’t have the time to do so every day. The next best thing is locally handcrafted food products. Luckily, Hong Kong is currently experiencing an artisanal food renaissance with loads of new chef entrepreneurs creating everything from handmade pasta, to freshly baked bagels, to just-fermented kombucha. On the Green Queen’s HK Health & Wellness Directory, we have dozens more listings of local food artisans for you to try!
5. Visit Our Local Farms
We have some wonderful local organic farms in Hong Kong- perhaps you can’t In fact, you may not know we have over 100 certified according to HK-ORC’s IFOAM based standards. Meeting farmers and learning more about how your food is grown is an important step in building a strong food health foundation. Many farms welcome weekend visitors and offer tours, workshops and the like. Try Zen Organic Farms, HK Perma Club and Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden for an inspiring weekend visit. We also have a great roundup of kiddie-friendly farms for educational family days.
Bonus: Grow Your Own Food
Ok, so you probably can’t/won’t grow ALL your own food. But there’s a lot you can do from your tiny city apartment! From taking an urban workshop with Rooftop Republic to installing City Hydroponic‘s growing system to managing your own square foot garden at Living Farm in the New Territories, there’s something so satisfying about being able to say you are eating something you grew yourself, even if you’re only nursing a few herb plants on your windowsill. If you want to get serious, check out Chef Moises Mehl’s Hong Kong home gardening guide.
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