My favorite breakfast !!
I get questions/comments pretty frequently about what I eat, how I exercise, etc. since I’m pretty open here about my struggle with weight and wellness, so I thought it would be interesting to share what I eat a typical day.
Generally, I try to avoid all inflammatory foods like dairy, animal proteins, gluten, added sugar (I do use coconut sugar, which has a minimal impact on blood sugar levels), and corn products, but they sneak in sometimes. I feel good eating some grass fed beef once a week, and I’ll eat a little cheese once a week too.
5:30 get up, take Dagny for a walk, foam roll, prepare coffee, sit down to work by 6:30.
7:45 apple (it takes me a long time to get “hungry” in the morning)
9:00 TB of organic superfood trail mix on the way to class
9:30 Pure Barre Platform (cardio) class – I go to Pure Barre 5x a week, and try to do the platform class 3x a week
11:00 Breakfast/Brunch??: chia seed pudding with 1 cup of blueberries and 1/3 cup Purely Elizabeth Granola (you can get it at Target now for $4.99, yay!)
My chia seed pudding recipe, adapted from others, and tweaked after lots of trial and error:
3/4 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
1TB almond butter
TONS of cinnamon
two giant handfuls of Spinach (basically one of those pre-washed bags)
1/3 frozen bananas
a little less than a 1/4 cup of chia seeds
I blend up the liquid/frozen ingredients and pour them into a jar with the chia seeds (don’t blend the chia seeds), shake it up really well and refrigerate it overnight. If I forget the night before, I do it first thing in the AM so it has time to set by the time I get back from PB.
More trail mix – I basically ate 1/4 to 1/2 cup of this throughout the day
12:30 Walk Dagny again:
what our walks look like – Dagny stopped, dug in, me trying to entice her to keep walking with a treat 🙂
A handful of Pirate’s Booty while I was making dinner (this is a bad habit/vice I have, I need something crunchy in the late afternoon…)
4:30 Walk Dagny again
6:40 Dinner :
I make a version of a buddha bowl from the Eating Purely cookbook, which is basically just a little of the following:
steamed kale & broccoli (since I forgot my broccoli with lunch)
steamed sweet potatoes
Tahini sauce (organic tahini, garlic, tamari, rice vinegar, garlic, sriracha, water)
8:30 vodka tonic with ginger kombucha (instead of tonic water) & lime 🙂
I buy most of my organic ingredients in bulk at Costco – since I eat so many blueberries when they’re in season, I buy several large containers of organic blueberries a week and at least one large container of organic spinach. I buy the Nutiva Chia seeds there, and organic quinoa, organic tahini, the trail mix, almond butter, coconut milk, and lentil pasta.
The best thing I ever bought is this “produce keeper” that I keep a couple bunches of washed kale in so I don’t have to prepare it every time I want to use it. (otherwise, I’d never eat it…). I also have a smaller, different version that I keep washed, cut-up broccoli in.
I do a lot of prep work for the week for my buddha bowl: I prepare enough quinoa for a week using a rice cooker. I buy the largest sweet potato I can find and prepare it by boiling, and then eat it during the week. If it’s HUGE, I freeze some of the cooked sweet potato to use later (then I just add it to my steamer basket with kale or broccoli when I’m ready to use it. So easy!!). I make a lot of tahini sauce so it’s always available.
Something else I’ve been making once a week lately is cauliflower pizza – this has taken a lot of trial too, but here’s my recipe:
I use one bag of riced cauliflower from Trader Joe’s, roast it at 400 degrees with a little olive oil & salt for 10-15 minutes. Then I mix it with 1-2 eggs + a TB or so of gluten-free flour (or whatever flour you have), a little parmesan cheese, shape it into a “pizza” and bake it at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes (until it looks “set”). After it’s set, I add toppings (usually a little mozzarella cheese, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, goat cheese…) and cook a little longer, broiling it at the end. This makes enough for 4 people as a side or two if you’re eating it as the main meal…I think 1/4 of the pizza is a serving, that’s about all I can eat at a time. It’s SOOO good. If my husband loves it, it’s good. Trust me.
What are your favorite things to eat in the summer? do you typically eat the same things every day? Any favorite recipes to share??
**edited to add:
Lest you think I am perfect (I hope no one thinks so!!!!), here’s a shot from today of my Nada Moo indulgence (I have tried several coconut milk ice creams and there is none better than Nada Moo in my opinion. Sadly, it’s hard to find outside of TX). And more Dagny 🙂 I took this a little bit after our walk – it’s almost 100 degrees here, we were both wiped out and I needed something cold & creamy.