What I Eat in a Day #1

Hello friends!

I am writing this post on Saturday night (and I’m feelin alright… is that a song because it just popped into my head?). Anyways, I just finished my blog redesign, am SO happy with how it turned out, and am now quite excited to write my first blog post on this brand spanking new site. Also, I only recently found out that Lightroom CC is a thing and so I started using it today. PLUS I have no homework because this week was finals week. It’s a terrific triad that has left me feeling more pumped about blogging than I’ve been in a while.

Today’s blog post will hopefully be the first of a series, which is why I’m giving it the honorable title of “number one”. What I Eat in a Day, a little food diary of sorts. An honest look at what goes into a real life human girl’s stomach in one day. The reason I hope to make this a series is because every day is sooo different. You’ll notice I ate pretty healthy that day. Cool. And then yesterday my period started and I cocooned in my bed after my last final, texting a friend for 1.5 hours, and eating milk chocolate with crispy flakes. Also cool. Self-care, amirite? Having multiple days on record will provide a more complete picture. And what I hope that picture shows is a balanced, healthy life.

Why am I doing this? I like seeing what other people eat in a day. I think it’s interesting to see the kind of food that other people eat, especially when you’re like me and start having the same meals over and over and feel like you’re living in a box. Seeing the variety of meals out there opens your eyes a bit, and might give you some ideas for what you could make, or new snacks to buy and try out.

DISCLAIMER: I do not make a judgment of this day of eating as “good” or “bad”. It is neither an example to follow, nor a… non-example. Only you and your doctors know what and how much you need to be eating. This is what ***I*** eat in a day.

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Breakfast

Turmeric oats

My breakfast was made for finals and for winter. A big bowl of oats that would warm me up AND fill me up. I made some beautiful turmeric oats, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all the good stuff. Cooked in almond milk with vanilla, raisins, and flax seeds (one of the superfoods I wrote about in my 9 superfoods post). Then topped with pecans, quark cheese, and chocolate (which just melts riiight in). If you haven’t tried “golden oats”, just go ahead and do it. I’m not a fan of turmeric lattes but for some reason turmeric oats hit the spot.

Matcha latte

Paired it with a matcha latte because this girl needs to be alert for finals. Not that this girl wasn't well-slept, but you do everything you can when you've got an important test.

Snack

Potluck plate

Nothing better than an unexpected potluck, eh? I showed up to my second final and everyone was filling a table with food. I felt kinda bad because I didn’t bring anything. I’d been gone the week before so totally forgot and wasn’t there when they signed up, but I promise I’ll bring something next semester! I had a blueberry bagel with lotsa cream cheese, strawberries and blackberries (a rarity in the winter so of course I had to have some), carrots, grapes, and broccoli. Yum yum.

Lunch

Leftover oats and leftover dinner

When I got home I first went to the fridge to grab the rest of my turmeric oats, which I wasn’t able to finish in the morning (I’m sorry that this photo is so ugly. No amount of editing can mask the ugliness of half-eaten leftovers). Then I had a plate of leftovers: chicken, garlic green beans, sweet potatoes, quinoa, and of course half of an avocado. Ah, I get hungry just thinking about it.

Chocolate

I finished the meal with chocolate, as per usual. My drug of choice is the 88% bar by Endangered Animals Chocolate. They are American-made, fair trade, and they donate 10% of their proceeds to the preservation of species around the world. How awesome is that? Do I dare to say even a little more awesome than eating chocolate? Yes, yes I do.

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Snack

Dharma Bar

I had volunteering that afternoon. I do this thing called Meals on Wheels where we deliver meals to seniors. I had a Dharma Bar before I left because I was already craving a snack and it usually takes us about 1.5 hours to do the route. I chose the endurance bar, meant as a pre-workout but hey ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Volunteering is a workout of the heart? You can quote me on that.

The ingredients in these bars are kuh-razy, only 6 in this one. And it’s all organic, except the salt, but can salt be organic? Not sure. The texture reminds me of Larabars, which I love. I totally prefer the more grainy kind of bar over ones like Rx Bars which feel kinda gummy to me. I also like that the ingredients aren’t totally pulverized, so I can taste little pieces of almond and date. They tasted great, very chocolate-y, which for me, is always a plus.

Apple

While in the car (I was the passenger seat navigator), I had a sliced apple. Didn’t take a photo but who needs a photo of an apple anyways?

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Dinner

Salmon and salad

Dinner was baked salmon and a salad: spinach, arugula, olive oil, lemon juice, quinoa, toasted almonds, dried cranberries. I believe that is all, my dad made it, so I’m not entirely sure. And half of an avocado. That’s right, ANOTHA ONE. On the cruise there was no avocado, believe it or not, and I’m still making up for that lack of the most beautiful food in the world.

Chocolate

Then more chocolate!


And that, my friends, is what I ate on a finals Thursday one normal week. As I said before, this is just one day. By no means are my dinners that healthy every day, by no means do I have bagels every day. Every day brings new and different food and I think that’s beautiful :)

Which of the above meals would you want to have? And what food could you not survive a week without?

Happy Sunday everyone!
Beatrice

 

8 Healthy Breakfast Go-tos for the Week

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Breakfast might be my favorite meal of the day.

One reason is that the food options are just so dang yummy and varied. I’d argue that when you focus on health, a whole new world of breakfast possibilities are opened up because you have to get more creative than dumping cereal into a bowl or making pancakes from a box. Maca pancakes, turmeric omelettes, or matcha oats, anyone?

Reason #2 is the actual act of making breakfast. Save for those mornings when you wake up late and are scrambling eggs in a hurry and are watching the clock tick and you can't find your thing and it’s just AHHH, making breakfast is usually a relaxing start to the day. Whereas dinner is rushed and swirling with thoughts of the day and the tasks still ahead, breakfast is a clean slate. You can set the tone for the kind of day you want to have.

So MAKE IT AWESOME. You’d be surprised what an impact it might make on your day to simply try a new breakfast. Get out of your routine. In fact, I challenge you to declare one week of different breakfasts. Would it be more efficient to meal prep a batch of breakfast bars or something? Sure. I make this buckwheat breakfast bake all the time. But a week of fresh-made breakfasts is not only fun, it might lead to you finding a bunch of recipes you enjoy.

So without further ado, here are 7 ideas for relatively easy, totally yummy, and, of course, healthy breakfasts that you can (and should) make.

I bet you’ve made plenty of smoothies already but their versatility and speed make them worth a mention.

To add more nutrition, freeze up some produce like baked sweet potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, and peas to sneak veggies into your breakfast. A handful of greens also never hurts. Avocados will make your smoothies insanely, irresistibly creamy. Pulse in cacao nibs at the end for extra crunch. Are you taking notes on all of this?

If you want to get even fancier...

SMOOTHIE BOWL

Are you even a food Instagrammer if you haven’t ever dumped aforementioned smoothie into a bowl and topped with excessive toppings? Making a smoothie bowl will not only rack up the likes (guaranteed or your money back), but adding those yummy yummy toppings (granola, nuts, seeds, oh my) will prompt you to chew and initiate digestion, allowing you to absorb more nutrients from the smoothie.

Plus, I’d venture to guess that taking the time to chew dat smoothie will make you appreciate its flavor all the more. Because you did NOT spend all that time carefully sprinkling hemp seeds and arranging banana slices just to gulp it all down in a hurry, right?

TOPPINGS IDEAS: nut butter, banana slices, cubed mango, flax/chia/hemp seed, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, granola, toasted oats and other grains, coconut, chocolate sauce. I've also got a quick guide to 9 popular superfoods if you want to know why some of these are so awesome for you.

I personally think smoothie bowls are something you experiment with because they take practice to get the consistency just right, and the ingredients usually depend on what’s in the fridge, but in case you do want some recipes to get you started/inspired, here you go:

MY GO-TO SMOOTHIE BOWL (5 MINUTES!) - Minimalist Baker
Veggie Loaded Smoothie Bowl DREAMS - Earthsprout
Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl - Domesticate Me
Green Smoothie Bowl - Naturally Sassy

My mom said her friend tried making chia pudding and described the sight upon opening her fridge as eyeballs in a jar. I hope you have a better experience with this amazing, food science-y breakfast, and don't let the texture and appearance deter you. Keep an open mind, okay?

Some recipes call for blending the chia but I’d say that’s too much work and unnecessary dishwashing, so here’s an easy recipe from Eating Bird Food that doesn’t require that: Basic Chia Seed Pudding.

When it comes to chia pudding, it’s really all about the toppings, so once you’ve got your base down, go crazy. Bananas, blueberries, walnuts, and almond butter taste amaaazing together.

I know a lot of recipes make chia pudding overnight but I’ve totally made it on a whim before and had it gel up while I got ready for school and it was 100% a success. So never give up on your dreams. You can ALWAYS have chia pudding.

I wonder if this sounds gross to someone who has never tried it but please please trust me when I tell you that it’s not. It’s actually quite spectacular. The idea is simple. Mash up a ripe banana, beat it with a few eggs, and cook exactly like you would scrambled eggs. BAM - sweet eggs. Hmm... that sounds like an exclamation of surprise. Oh sweet eggs! Let’s say that from now on instead of oh my gosh!

Here’s my recipe:

BANANA EGGS

3 eggs
1 large ripe banana
1 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
1 tbsp Carrington Farms Ancient Grains Blend (https://carringtonfarms.com/ancient-grains-blend-organic/)
½ tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Scramble over medium-high on coconut oil until cooked through.

Barley is great. So is millet, and buckwheat, and quinoa. But, like, OATS. Ya know? Oats are somethin' else. Every time I come upon grossly overcooked, gelatinous, mushy oats, I am appalled. What a beautiful food, ruined. It should be a crime.

Oatmeal is fast, has a perfect texture (in my opinion at least), and the flavor can’t be beaten. Use rolled oats for a balance between fast and nutritious (instant oats are the most processed and thus the least nutritious, while steel-cut oats take a loooong time to make).

For a classic, top with almond butter, banana slices, and pecans, and mix it all together so that the banana and nuts get all nice and warm… drooling over here. Here are a few more ideas from the simple to the truly health nutty.

RECIPES
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal - Eating Bird Food
Cinnamon Maple Oatmeal - A Pinch of Healthy
Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal - Genius Kitchen
Matcha Green Tea and Banana Oatmeal - The Breakfast Drama Queen

I would say that omelettes are the savory cousin to smoothie bowls. They’re the kind of meal that can basically take anything you’ve got in the fridge. Leftover greens? Toss ‘em in the omelette. Sweet potatoes? Alrighty. Mushrooms? YES, please!

A FEW TIPS:

if you use mushrooms, cook them alone for a while until they’re nice and golden
Use nutritional yeast for a cheeeezy omelette
Fact: omelettes are the perfect pairing for a piece of toast

RECIPES:

Spinach and Garlic Omelet - NY Times Cooking
2 Minute Egg Omelet in a Mug - Joyful Healthy Eats
Veggie Omelet - Dr. Axe

Pancakes definitely do not have to be a time-consuming affair, especially if you’re cooking for one. It doesn’t get much faster than blender pancakes because it’s literally just one step beyond making a smoothie. And the payoff of this extra work is oh so worth it.

I’ve got two blender pancake recipes for you that you can make and top to your heart’s content:

APPLE BLENDER PANCAKES

1/2 cup oats
1 egg
2 tsp flax
1/4 apple, cored unpeeled
1/4 almond milk
2 tsp hemp seeds
1/4 lemon zest
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp cacao powder

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Heat come coconut oil over medium-high. Cook pancakes, waiting for bubbles to appear before flipping. Makes ~1 serving.

LEMON POPPYSEED BLENDER PANCAKES

1/2 cup oats
1 egg
2 tsp flax
1/3 ripe banana
1/4 almond milk
2 tsp hemp seeds
1/4 lemon zest
1/4 tsp lemon juice

Blend all ingredients except poppy seeds until smooth. Add in poppy seeds and stir to combine. Heat some coconut oil over medium-high and cook pancakes. Makes ~1 serving.

Toast may get a bad rap but that’s only cause most toast is made with that gross, white, styrofoam bread. There are so many better options out there.

A personal favorite of mine is Angelic Bakehouse (pictured above). Food For Life Ezekiel bread is also pretty great. Honestly, once you get used to eating this kind of bread you can never go back. It’s just so much more FLAVORFUL. Plus, it holds up way better to toasting and toppings loading, so don’t hold back.

You can go the savory route, with some classic mashed avocado, perhaps, or get a little crazier with hummus or miso.

Sweet toasts are an obvious choice, and the sky’s the limit: nut butters, seeds, sliced bananas, berries, any fruit, really.

Extra credit: make some FRENCH TOAST!


Which of these breakfasts have you tried? Which have you not? Which ones WILL you try ASAP because they just look so dang good?? Comment below :)

Happy Thursday! x