Hey friends! Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. After work, I spent all day with family and Matty, and the day just got away from me. It was a good thing, though. We all need to rest! The two winners of five FREE Almond Breeze coupons are #31, Emily, and #38, Alison! Congrats, ladies! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing information and I will forward it to the kind people at Almond Breeze!
Yesterday morning’s workout was a very early one. I woke up at 5:00 a.m. to squeeze in a quick workout before heading to work at the clinic at 7:00 a.m. Enter ZWOW #29.
The workout calls for pistol squats but I can’t do those yet (SO hard…and they’re not good for the knee-sensitive folk) so I substituted them for single leg dip jumps. I find these to be a great substitute because you still feel the burn of the workout while protecting your knees. When I first watched the video, I thought the side hops were going to be the easiest exercise out of the four moves. HA. Joke’s on me! They were a killer.
Workout complete? Check. Positive mantra for myself? Double check.
A Day in the Life
Over the past few months, I’ve received quite a few emails from people who are veg-curious, or looking to adopt a more plant-based lifestyle, and requested a post on what I typically eat in a day. I hesitated because a.) it seems rather boring slash daunting to me and b.) I don’t want people to think that this is how they “should” eat every day. This is what works for me and makes me thrive – that could be something totally different for you!
That being said, I think there are a lot of basic principles I live by that really can help others looking to adopt a plant-based lifestyle while keeping their energy levels high and getting all the vitamins/minerals/macronutrients they need. I don’t eat the same exact thing every day and there are lots of welcomed exceptions to my usual eating schedule. Nevertheless, in the interest of helping out the veg-curious, here’s a look into my daily eats!
Remember when I said I don’t eat the same exact thing every day? Well, I kind of lied. I love and crave my chocolate protein pudding oats (now chocolate-peanut butter protein pudding oats, with the addition of peanut flour).
I always enjoy my oats with some fruit and black coffee. Today’s coffee of choice was the Bacio variety from Daybreak Coffee Roasters, an incredible coffee shop in Glastonbury, CT that was introduced to me by my best blend, Cait.
My snacks have a balance of carbs/protein/fat and vary from day-to-day. Today’s snack was super delicious and extremely easy to prepare. I took two rice cakes and spread some guacamole on each one. Next, I blended 2 tbsp. each of nutritional yeast and salsa (I love Newman’s Own peach salsa), which created a nacho cheezy-like sauce, and plopped it on top of the guacamole spread.
You’d never guess it by looking at it but there are 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of fat in this snack. Winning. Try it sometime!
Here are some other snacks that I enjoy:
- mixed nuts
- rice cakes w/ hummus
- THRIVE almond-flaxseed burger on top of greens
- Tone It Up black bean pattie on top of greens
- sweet potato with nooch sauce (2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, 1-2 Tbsp. almond milk) on top of greens, sprinkled with hemp seeds
- fruit w/ nut butter
- Pulsin’ Maple-Peanut Protein bar
- Vega bars
- protein pudding (1 scoop protein powder, 2 scoop peanut flour, almond milk to taste)
Lunch is typically some variation of a salad. I simply crave a big, leafy green (preferably kale ) salad for my midday meal. You can check out my recipage for fun, delicious ideas! I often roll with a salad in literal form:
There are other times when I take the salad idea and put it in wrap form, like with my Black Bean Sweet Potato Quinoa Collard Wraps:
A midday snack is so important to keep our energy levels up and blood sugar stable. I’ll eat any of the above snacks or, if my sweet tooth happens to strike, whip up one of my baked apples with peanutty-walnut crumble. It always does the trick!
Unlike lunch, dinner is more random. I whip up whatever I’m craving or use my noggin and try to make something different out of ingredients I always have on-hand. Here are a few examples:
Smoky tofu scramble with baked sweet potao wedges:
Quinoa, chickpeas, kale, and broccoli with homemade daiya sauce and chia/hemp seeds:
Tempeh sauteed in coconut oil & Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce w/ side of Brussels sprouts:
Warm Chickpeas in a Thai Peanut Sauce with a side salad:
I love to wind down with an evening snack. My hunger cue usually strikes about 3 hours after dinner, so I make sure to get in a substantial, yummy snack before bed. I typically crave something soft and comforting, so I roll with Numi roobios chai tea and some chocolate-peanut protein pudding. I know, it’s a sick obsession.
Of course, I don’t eat this way every day! There are some foods that I don’t consume on a daily basis but are still welcomed exceptions to my routine. I love ice cream. I love pinot grigio. I love tortilla chips and guac. I’m not rigid, strict, or obsessed with my routine. I’ve found a balanced, healthy lifestyle that works for me and makes me thrive! For those veg-curious people, as you embark on your journey towards incorporating more plant-based foods into your own life, I encourage you to have fun and experiment! Say “Bye, bye cheat and treat!” Enjoy the ride and welcome your own exceptions.