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Preferred pronunciation: WICKED SMAHT [origin: Boston]

THE SHORT ANSWER:

We’re chefs and brothers (secretly, ninjas) and though we come from two different professional backgrounds we have found common ground in the wicked healthy culinary arts.

Wicked Healthy wants you to use your head and be wicked healthy because it is wicked sexy, inside and out. Healthy people are attractive – they’re upbeat, confident, and energetic. They’re full of life.

We want you to eat more vegetables. Especially the green ones! We’d prefer it if they were organic and maybe even local. And we want them to taste great. Go easy on the nuts and natural sugars and oils. Eat some fruit. Make an effort to move around every day. And we want you to use your freakin’ brain.

Stay on the wicked healthy path and understand that you’re going to wander off the trail and go out to eat every now and then – just maybe use your brain and don’t order a triple bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries.

80/20 – SHOOT FOR 80% HEALTHY, 20% WICKED AND YOU’LL BE100% SEXY

For vegans and vegetarians, think of your 20% as a chance to let loose every now and again and enjoy what ever makes you feel a bit wicked (fats, sugars, salts, beer, you get the idea) unless of course you’re following doctors orders.

For those who can’t quit the meat habit, focus on 80% vegetables, 20% meat. For realz!

They’re not hard numbers – just know that you’re going to treat yourself on occasion and don’t beat yourself up for it. Stick with what works for you, your health, and your lifestyle. All we ask as that you give it an honest shot.

THE LONG ANSWER:

Our human nature makes us over complicate even the simplest tasks. Our brains are powerful tools and, more often than not, we use them to excess. Have you seen an infomercial lately?

Google “As Seen on TV” and you’ll see what we mean. There are hundreds of varieties of patented jar-opening machines. We don’t know about you, but we’ve never had to return a jar of peanut butter because we couldn’t open it. Neither has our grandmother. And don’t get us started on the Slap Chop and the Shake Weight.

It’s amazing that we have this wonderful gift of common sense and yet, when it comes to our health, we refuse to use it.

WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS. THERE IS NO LOTTERY FOR GOOD HEALTH. AND SCREW YOUR “GENES.”

We know that eating processed foods, whether labeled “healthy” or not, are bad for us.

We know that if we can’t pronounce the list of ingredients, we probably shouldn’t eat it.

We know that excess sugar and oil of any kind will make us fat and too much salt makes our blood pressure skyrocket. Not a good thing!

We know that produce sprayed with pesticides and grown in chemicals is bad for us. Organic is better and even better if its grown in your own back yard.

We know that we can find protein in sources other than meat and be healthy and strong like Mac Danzig. If you do eat meat, lighten up.

And dairy? Are you a cow? No. Now shut up and eat some spinach if you want some calcium.

We know that chugging caffeine until our heart feels like it’s going to explode is a bad idea. Maybe we should sleep more.

We know that we should exercise as frequently as our schedules allow – and we need to be honest with ourselves about how “little” time we have for it. i.e. spending 15 minutes a day surfing the Web? You have 15 minutes to go for a walk. The only person you’re fooling is yourself and, even then, you suck at it.

We know that the government and corporations tend to have their own agenda and we question politics at every turn, but when it comes to the FDA, suddenly we’re all patriots drunk on blind trust. “Well if they can sell it to me then it can’t be bad for me!” Newsflash: cigarettes aren’t illegal. Neither is rat poison.

We fall for the advertising and then use it as a crutch when we haven’t exercised or touched a raw or steamed vegetable in years and (SURPRISE!) we look and feel like crap.

HERE’S THE DEAL: THIS IS NOT A HOUSE OF LEARNED DOCTORS. WE ARE PROUD GRADUATES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COMMON SENSE AND KITCHEN SMAHTS!

And we want all of you to dust off your degrees and put them to good use. We want you to eat for health and, because we’re chefs, we want eating healthy to taste great.

This site is filled with easy recipes that you can replicate at home so you can become a healthier you. We want to motivate and encourage you to think for yourselves instead of relying on advertising companies and know-it-all bestselling author-doctors.

“But it’s a vegan organic donut…” Do what you already know is good for you. Being vegan doesn’t automatically make you healthy. We can all eat potato chips and drink soda pop and call our selves vegan. If you eat meat be smart about it, limit it and be aware of animal welfare standards and the lives we affect by our choices. You can help change the world with what you stick your fork into and stuff into your mouth!

So return the diet book that’s going to take you two weeks to read and send you on a quest for pre-packaged cardboard bars dipped in some fake chocolate that give you the runs. Buy some veggies, steam them, toss them in a tasty sauce, and pick up your fork and start living for yourself, now.

Here for you,
Derek & Chad
THE SARNO BROS

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