[center] Simple Salt & Pepper Okra [/center]
The human body experiences a couple of sensations that are classified as “sensual desires.”
One of them, as you may have guessed, involves our naughty parts and sensitive bits.
But the other sensual desires may surprise you: eating and hunger.
That’s right, hunger, cravings, flavors, and the love of food are in fact “sensual,” even lighting up some of the same areas of the brain as nekid-time. No wonder it’s so difficult to resist fattening, gut-busting foods. Food really is “sex in your mouth.”
One of the most powerful effects of <a href="http://www.T-Nation.com/programs/vdiet30/vDietProgram000.jsp"target=“new”>Velocity Diet 3.0 is a reawakening of the taste buds. I believe that most people have been desensitized to the remarkable natural flavors of healthy foods. I believe this is caused by the typical American diet: over-chemicalized, fried, MSG-laden, and overly-sugary.
The main side effect reported by successful V-Dieters is a new love of healthful foods and a new distaste for unhealthy foods. In other words, after a strict V-Diet, the dieter reports loving steamed veggies while at the same time ridding himself or herself of cravings for sugars and trans-fats.
Which of course is awesome. It almost guarantees long-term leanness post-V-Diet as the person is back in control of his eating habits.
So, although it’s counterintuitive, a diet consisting almost entirely of protein shakes turns most people into “foodies” – the best kind of foodies: those who love natural, healthy flavors. The V-Diet simply re-awakens and re-sensitizes the taste buds.
With all that said, here’s one of my favorite recipes, something I crave and love these days, but wouldn’t have even tried before doing the V-Diet.
Simple Salt & Pepper Okra
Fresh whole okra
Olive oil (I use Mazola Pure in the spray can)
Pink sea salt or kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
Spray a pan with olive oil. Add okra. Do NOT cut it, which is what creates that slimy mouth-feel that gives okra a bad rap. Add salt and pepper. Flip after a couple of minutes. Kill the heat and add a touch more olive oil if you’d like. Eat and have a tonguegasm.
Fresh ground pepper is crucial. Never use pre-ground pepper. Buy peppercorns and a grinder and grind your own as you need it, or just pick up a McCormick Grinder, sold at every grocery store in the spice section. The difference between pre-ground pepper (tastes like ashes) and fresh-ground pepper (oily and rich) is like night and day.
I like to use a cast iron grill press to get a bit of a sear on my okra. Pic below.
If you’re dieting you can eat a pile of these to combat hunger. I make these as “TV food” instead eating chips and other garbage. I eat them with my fingers, like snack foods. (Again, cutting okra = sliminess.) And sometimes I’ll have a handful or two before going out on the weekend so I’ll resist any dietary temptations of the singles scene. Make some salt & pepper okra an hour before hitting a restaurant and you’ll be more likely to stick to the grilled salmon and steak and less likely to tackle the dessert cart.
FYI, Okra has only about 20 calories per half-cup serving and a couple of grams of fiber.
Try it tonight. Put it in your mouth. Put it in someone else’s mouth.
Get sensual, baby.