What I Eat in a Day:
I love food. I love eating. Here we go!!
Let me start by saying this: I am not a dietician, nutritionist, or medical doctor.
This is my journey in healing my body and living my best possible life, and that starts with your gut my friends! This is what I have found helps my body function at its best. Making healthy changes over time has truly changed my life in so many different ways. For years I dealt with lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity, intense digestive issues (to the point where I have had multiple procedures to try to figure out what is going on), extreme fatigue, brain fog, just feeling overall like crap and I largely ignored it and just believed this is how my body functioned, at a solid 6 on a scale of 1-10. Everyones bodies are different, mine just wasn't digging my lifestyle and tried to tell me in a lot of different ways. It turns out I needed to consume more vegetables and whole foods and cut the processed food - and I am not saying I cut it out completely or I did this in one day. This has been years in the making, replacing staples in our home with healthier/cleaner options, buying and cooking more vegetables, and educating myself on how I can be more conscious about what I am putting into my body.
I am also not going to sit here and pretend like I eat perfectly every single day. Every day is different - some days I eat very intentionally, and other days I do not have the time or the energy and end up eating something fast and easy. And some days it is a mix of the two. I just do my best whenever I can! It is about balance and moderation.
Onto it! Without further ado, what I eat in a day:
Hell or high water I start every. single. day. with a green smoothie. Usually this is my breakfast, or part of it, depending on how busy I am. This smoothie is not glamorous, its not going to blow your tastebuds out of the water - but your body will thank you ten fold. It is packed with vitamins and tons of nutrition. (I promise this post gets better... there is some seriously delicious stuff in here!)
1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach
3-4 small broccoli florets
1/4 cup of frozen blueberries
1-2 frozen strawberries
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp raw, sprouted pumpkin seeds
3 brazil nuts
1 tsp chia seeds
1-2 scoops of organic, vegan protein powder (measurement will depend on how hungry I am. I usually use Tropeaka salted caramel protein or Orgain Chocolate protein powder, you can get the Orgain brand at Costco!)
Fill blender cup to cover ingredients with water or unsweetened coconut water
**If this will be my whole breakfast I will use 2+ scoops of protein.
I blend this all up in my Nutribullet and transfer it to a glass cup.
I will mix up my nuts and seeds a bit from time to time - I have been trying seed cycling recently and will swap out the ground flax and pumpkin seeds halfway through my cycle and replace them with sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Sometimes I like to add walnuts, too!
Other breakfasts I frequent in addition to my smoothie are:
Eggs and Toast - an egg or two (over easy) and some gluten-free toast (Simple Kneads Quinoa Power Grains Loaf is my favorite right now!)
Peach Overnight Oats - organic old fashioned oats, fresh peaches, chia seeds, nutmilk, dates (for sweetness), vanilla, cashew yogurt, cinnamon, and salt.
Family Foods Pancakes with fruit.
I also have a latte almost every day - whether its a decaf nut milk latte or a matcha latte.
Either way - I use my homemade nutmilk and its delicious! (You can see how I make my nutmilk on my Instagram highlight!)
Next - If I am in need of a snack before lunch I will eat a bar like Bhu Foods Bar - these are keto, gluten and dairy free (yippeeeee!), vegan and have no BS ingredients.
Win-win-win all around in my book!
I am obsessed with Burmese Tea Leaf salad, and if I had a choice I would absolutely eat this every single day for lunch. Its full of so much texture and so many good for you ingredients. Just.. Yum.
Since, regrettably I cannot eat Tea Leaf Salad every day for lunch, I will often have left overs from dinner the night before if I have them on hand. Or I make myself something like this:
Other Lunch ideas:
Big Salad with spring mix, avocado, tomato, shredded Chicken, toasted almonds or walnuts, diced apple and homemade balsamic vinegarette.
Bean burrito with cassava flour tortilla, homemade sprouted refried pinto beans and taco sauce.
BLT on Simple Kneads gluten-free bread with lots of spring mix/lettuce, sugar-free bacon and big slices of juicy tomato, avocado and avocado mayo. (Sometimes I will add some chicken to this if I need some extra protein.)
Snacks again??? YES YOU KNOW IT!
I usually feel pretty snackish between lunch and dinner (cough, all the time) - sometimes if I am being really healthy and conscious I will make myself another smoothie other times I nibble on snackies around the house - like bambas (ya I know they are intended as baby food haha, but they're so good), raw nuts are also a great option as a snack! Fruit is also great - I love grapefruits with honey, a barely green banana or apples with peanut butter.
Apples and peanut butter
Barely green banana
Raw almonds and a CHOMP stick
Grapefruit with honey drizzle
Smoked salmon with dairy free cream cheese on almond flour crackers, topped with thinly sliced onion
Okay, I love to cook! but I do go in and out of phases where I cook a lot and insist on eating at home, and phases where I am so uninspired and tired, and the last thing I want to do is think of something to make and then cook.
If I am planning on eating something that isn't going to be super nourishing to my body - I will make myself a smoothie (recipe above) to make sure I am at least getting in some veggies and nutrition. And then I enjoy the thing I am craving.
Baked Salmon with avocado mayo-mustard-garlic paste atop, served with an artichoke, roasted/baked brussel sprouts and a side of quinoa (cooked with onion, garlic and bone broth) or baked sweet potato.
Loaded Veggie Enchiladas with zucchini, yellow squash, corn, onion, garlic, sprouted black beans, chicken (omit if wanting vegetarian or vegan), Siete enchilada sauce (red or green, both are delicious!!), Siete tortillas (all of their varieties are awesome, I love almond or cassava flour), cheese or cheese alternative (I use daiya cheedar "cheese"), top with fresh avocado, tajin and lime.
Spaghetti with fresh mushroom, garlic, onion tomato sauce atop Banza chickpea spaghetti pasta with a big side of steamed broccoli.
Chicken Tortilla Soup with bone broth, diced chicken, onion, garlic, black beans, corn, fire roasted tomatoes, jalapeño, clinatro, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Top with avocado and a squeeze of lime.
Here are a few of the ways I try to live my life, eating wise:
This is what I have found works best for my body. I encourage you to try things out and find out what works for your own body!
I try not to think too much about it, otherwise I end up getting discouraged and either not eating or I just say f***it and I eat something really processed that in the end is really unsatisfying and then I end up feeling like crap. I know this cycle so well I could write a memoir; "I shouldn't have eaten that" I have made a lot of small changes over time, I still eat processed food sometimes and THAT IS OKAY. You didn't build it in one day, and you aren't going to tear it down in one day either, remember that!
Eat your veggies! When I make my plate I aim for a plate that is: 1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 carb. And I cook with a fat of course, like olive or avocado oil, or I will top with fresh avocado or nuts for added fat!
I try to avoid, as often as possible; gluten, dairy, sugar (especially processed, refined sugar), and soy. But sometimes you've got to indulge and THAT IS OKAY.
I do not limit my intake of food and I do not count calories, this has proved really unhealthy for me both mentally and physically. If I am feeling hungry and wanted to go back for seconds, guess what - eat!! I try to fill up on veggies as much as I can, so if you are wanting to go back for more try another helping of veggies. Carbs, fat and protein are SUPER important too, do not count those out!
And above all, I hope you remember to enjoy eating and try not to overthink it!! Eating is a wonderful thing that should be celebrated. Try to commit to making small changes every day and before you know it, you'll be feeling like a brand new woman! or man!
If you are interested in learning more about clean, healthy living I suggest following @just.ingredients and @alittlelesstoxic on Instagram. They are great resources for awesome information and I have learned so much from them! I would literally follow @alittlelesstoxic (Shauna) into battle, I would eat a dried cricket if she told me to.. she is such a bad@ss and she knows her sh**!
If you are interested in any of the recipes I have shared, please reach out and I will do my best to send it over to you! It is probably pretty apparent that I grew up in a family where measuring ingredients was a made up fairy tale thing that didn't actually exist or need to happen, so I will try to be as accurate as possible with you when giving you my recipes and whatnot!