I read Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat when it came out several years ago. Even then I was really into reading food memoirs! Since then I’ve re-read the book several times. I find at the information is classic and timeless and I really love the message. Given we all are trying to teach our children to eat like French children these days I figured it would be good to see how these lessons translate into adulthood. How do the French women eat? The answer? Thoughtfully and happily. Here are the guiding principles behind eating like a French woman and how you can incorporate their healthy eating lifestyle into yours.
Eat Real Food 1 of 9According to Mireille, French women celebrate good food and eat it in normal portions. They stay away from processed foods and practice the idea of clean eating like enjoying this protein-packed salad.
Make a bacon egg and spinach salad
Use Herbs to Add Flavor 2 of 9French woman use natural herbs to add terrific flavor to simple dishes. Herbs are easy to grow, naturally fat-free and can transform a simple salad into a magnificent meal.
Check out these 10 essential summer herbs and how to cook with them
Dark Chocolate for Dessert 3 of 9Instead of ridiculous, large desserts French women stick to a simple piece of dark chocolate or mousse. It is known for containing many antioxidants and a small portion will satisfy any sweet craving.
Make dark chocolate mousse cups
Celebrate the Family Dinner 4 of 9French woman strive to eat with friends and family whenever possible. The convivial atmosphere at a dinner table is prized by all French families and encourages the celebration and mindful eating of good food.
Check out these great tips for making family dinner work in your house
Portion Control 5 of 9French women are very mindful of proper portion control and will only eat the right sized portion of their favorite foods.
Check out these properly portioned snacks that are 100 calories or less
Naturally Sweet is Best 6 of 9French women steer clear of sugar-free and artificially sweetened products. Instead they concentrate on eating foods that are naturally sweetened like fruits.
Try one of the 7 naturally sweetened desserts for summer
Large Vegetable Servings 7 of 9A typical French meal often contains large servings of vegetables, especially during the summer months when the gardens are bountiful.
Make a summer gratin
Drink Water All Day Long 8 of 9French women drink water all day long. This keeps them hydrated and staves off hunger. If they want a sweet drink they skip soda and make something naturally sweetened with fruit.
Make your own refreshing watermelon agua fresca
Get Your Child to Eat Like a French Kid 9 of 9French women are raised to celebrate food from birth. You can raise your children to eat like this, too!
Check out these ten tips for getting your child to eat like a French kid