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What I Ate Wednesday: The Last Few Weeks!

Well Happy Wednesday to y’all!  I know I’ve been missing for a while, but life has been a bit crazy!  We just got back from Nashville and are preparing to leave again in a few days so our boys can have their surgeries.  I’m trying to manage all this craziness AND stay well.

While in Nashville, I got pretty sick BUT what I love about living a healthy lifestyle is how quickly I recuperate.  I ate fruits & veggies, got plenty of rest, and used essential oils…and I was back to normal in just over 24 hours.

Since I didn’t take pictures of my food on one whole day for my normal post, today I’m sharing things I’ve been eating over the last few weeks.  Hopefully, this gives you some insight into “normal” life over here.

Breakfasts:

I have been eating the same things for breakfast lately.  It usually depends on how cold it is or quite frankly, what I’m in the mood for!

Hot Oatmeal has been my go-to.  I usually top mine with walnuts, bananas, and cinnamon.

oatmeal

 

Avocado Toast. Simple, filling, cheap.  YES!

avocado toast

Green smoothies.  A great way to sneak in some more greens!

smoothie

Non-green smoothies for the days I just don’t want them 🙂

smoothie 2

Hot tea. Lots and lots of hot teas throughout the day.  I usually drink anywhere from 3-6 cups!

hot tea

When I feel like something a little sweeter, I make homemade hot chocolate.  Yum!

hot chocolate

Lunches:

I’ve been sticking with salads & leftovers mainly because it’s what I like!  This is my classic salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing & sprouted bread croutons.  Sometimes, I’ll eat a kale salad instead or add a bowl of soup or some fruit.  Everything is pretty simple.

salad

Dinners:

For dinners, I usually have some sort of “bowl” with quinoa or rice & veggies.

This is sautéed veggies, roasted broccoli, lentils, and quinoa.

bowl

 

This is a Sweet Potato-Coconut Curry over rice.

Curry

This is a Cauliflower Pizza Crust I made with a kale salad on the side.

Pizza

While Traveling:

When I travel, I don’t stop at fast food–I usually try to stop at a grocery store if at all possible to grab some fresh foods.

When we are stationary, it’s easy to find places to grab healthy foods, especially when there’s a Whole Foods around.

It is true that Green Juices are expensive, so I’m not able to drink them every day, BUT I do make a priority to drink them when traveling to help with sickness and in situations where I may not be able to get my normal green intake in.

This is one I enjoyed from the Franklin Whole Foods Market.

Juice

I always try to find places that have great smoothies–but when I’m coming to Nashville, I already know where I’m eating breakfast (sometimes more than once!)

I love The Franklin Juice Co–their juices, and especially Acai Bowls.  This bowl was topped with almonds, honey, banana, strawberries, and cocoa powder.  SO GOOD!

Acai Bowl

Sometimes I can find vegan restaurants, and sometimes I can’t. But either way, I always find something to eat!

This is a raw pizza and salad from Avo in Nashville. (vegan)

avo lunch

Other times, we go to dinner with people, and I have no control over where we go–so I just call ahead and inform the cook that I’m coming in 😉  I have had so much success with this method–not stressing or looking weird in front of guests!  The cook prepared veggies & quinoa for me, as well as a special salad AND dessert!

veggie and quinoa

Don’t you just love all these colors in these pictures?  I love knowing that I’m fueling my body up with the best nutrients I can!

 

 


What I Ate Wednesday 10-14-15

Can I just say I’ve been in a rut? Oh, and unmotivated.  What a great combo! HA 🙂

I’ve got some pictures for you today, but I do gotta say–I made myself be GOOD this day so I could show you something better than bread and chocolate all day!

You know, sometimes, even ME, we go through times where we are exhausted from food.  I get tired of thinking, cooking, planning, and cleaning dishes too.  I really, really do.

Some days look great, and others–not so much.  The lesson I’ve learned lately is all about balance.  And that eating bread and chocolate all day will make you gain five pounds.  Hello green juice cleanse!

I’ve been trying to keep things simple–so if I buy sprouted grain english muffins, I eat them for breakfast until they are gone.  Somewhat boring this way–but I’m at a stage of life where I don’t have the mental energy to think beyond that.  Anyone with me?

breakfast

Since it’s been a little chilly in the morning, I’ve been loving either hot chocolate or hot tea.  I make my hot chocolate each time using almond milk, cacao powder, vanilla, and maple syrup.  Yes–the basic recipe I use is coming soon!!

hot chocolate

For lunch I started with a salad.  And as always, I try to make it look like a rainbow with some plant based protein on top.  This day the protein was nuts, seeds, and hemp hearts.

salad

I also ate a small bowl of veggie soup.  I like to make my soups creamy by adding cashews!  I put 1/2 cup of cashews in 1 cup of the veggie broth I use to make the soup and blend it up until it’s smooth.  Then I add it in when I’m thinning out the soup.  It makes an awesome, creamy and dairy free soup!

soup

I go through phases where I love to drink wine, then hate to drink wine. Love to drink sweet tea, then hate to drink sweet tea.  See my pattern?  I’m such an emotional eater–something I really have to keep in check. Daily.  Eat to live, don’t live to eat.

But this particular day, I needed wine.  You know, needed it.

This is the one I’ve been liking as of late.

wine

For dinner Andrew was craving alfredo–so I came up with this based on what we had in the pantry.  I made one for Sawyer, too, out of avocados, and I ended up liking his better than mine even though mine was DELICIOUS. So, I’ll be sharing that recipe soon too.

The alfredo was made from almond milk, cashews, avocado, garlic, lemon juice, and a few more pantry ingredients. I made the sauce and added cooked quinoa noodles, peas ‘n carrots, spinach, and steamed broccoli.  I’m not sure if the picture does it justice.  But it was fabulous.

dinner

Aaaaand, confession time.  I’m never allowed to make these chocolate covered rice krispy treats. EVER. AGAIN. I literally have no restraint.  NONE.

But nonetheless, this is what I ate for dessert. And probably breakfast the next day. And then for a snack.  And maybe desert again.  Seriously, never again. 🙂

dessert

I need to know what y’all have been eating lately!!! Let me know 🙂  I need some inspiration myself!


What I Ate: Weekend Getaway Edition

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I’ve been wrapped up in life and dreams and all things music.

But I promise, I’ve still been on the clean eating wagon.  In fact, I had quite a breakthrough this past weekend.

We took our kids to Lake Watauga, TN to spend an unplugged weekend on the lake with this amazing view.

mountain view

This was the view from the back deck of my hubby’s parent’s brand new lake house.  We are so, so blessed for the memories that will be made in this amazing scene God provided!

My breakthrough came as I took a few pictures of my food–and even on a “getaway”–I couldn’t wait to go workout.  THIS is the definition of lifestyle for me.  I wasn’t looking for a reason to fall off the wagon, to indulge.  I genuinely LOVE eating healthy and I finally feel so great that I don’t even desire indulging to the point of regret.

The closest health food store was about an hour a way, so I knew I needed to plan VERY well to make it through.

I decided to keep EVERYTHING SIMPLE and inexpensive.  For breakfasts, I decided on two of my staple recipes: Avocado toast and Overnight oats.  So simple.  A few avocados, a loaf of bread, a bag of oats, almond milk, and a few more pantry ingredients.

avocado toast

The red stuff is Sriracha.  And what the heck on the 4 strawberries?  I much more prefer a whole pint. 😉

overnight oats

I forgot to take a picture of my overnight oats, so here’s one from work the other day.  I made these at night for myself and my youngest son Beckham (who eats them at least once a day!).  I love these things because they are RAW, and so, so filling!  I alternated between avocado toast and oats to keep it fresh.

Depending on my nap schedule (I actually took TWO FULL NAPS while we were gone!), I either drank a smoothie in the mid-morning or post-workout.  I didn’t bring a lot of greens with me, but a large bunch of bananas, so I kept it simple with a Just Bananas smoothie (frozen bananas and unsweetened almond milk)–and sometimes I added a handful of Sawyer’s frozen blueberries 🙂

smoothies

For lunch, I kept it simple by bringing a pack of Romaine hearts.  Since it has three hearts in it, I knew that would cover three lunches.  I used the other half of the avocado from breakfast to make a dressing.  All I do is massage (YES, with my hands!) the avocado in the romaine lettuce, add the juice of half a lemon or lime, and a drizzle of liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey. It’s so so simple, and my absolute favorite way to eat a salad these days.

salad

I repurposed the strawberries from breakfasts to add some sweetness to the salad and the raw cashews (I brought to make my favorite cheese dip for game day!) to add a little crunch.

For dinners, I ate lots of veggies–inexpensive ones like potatoes!  I also cooked some carrots (that I brought for salads) and had some other veggies Andrew’s family brought for dinners.  I also brought noodles and a jar of marinara sauce for easy spaghetti.

veggie dinner

I brought my favorite chocolate bar with me–and this lasted all weekend.

chocolate

What I love about this weekend is that it was simple, fresh, easy, inexpensive, and not a big deal. I didn’t feel like an outsider like I normally do.  There wasn’t a lot of prep time for anything I made, so didn’t spend the weekend in the kitchen (Thanks to Andrew’s mom for preparing most of the kids’ food!!)

I came home feeling light, not heavy.  Satisfied, not craving.  Proud, not regretful. I didn’t have to recover from anything because I just continued my lifestyle and I was happy about it!

I hope you enjoyed this different What I Ate Post–and I really hope it helps you next time you head out on a getaway where you have a kitchen 🙂  Happy Wednesday!


What I Ate Wednesday 8-5-15

There are so many reasons why I love pressed juices.  It’s light and refreshing and gives me a LARGE serving of vegetables.  It IS true that there is no fiber in these juices, and some people debate about them.  I’ve seen benefits, though, for myself, and I tend to use THAT as the judge. I just find a good balance between juice and smoothies (which DO contain the fiber).

Green juice leaves me feeling light in the morning, and since there is no fiber, it’s like liquid energy in my bloodstream!  It’s great for busy people like me 🙂

Green Juice

 

The previous night, I ate this delicious Kale Salad using an awesome spicy almond butter dressing from one of my favorite sites, Detoxinista.

Kale Salad

In this picture you see hemp hearts, sesame seeds, carrots, avocado, and mandarin oranges.

The next day for lunch, I used the leftover dressing and recreated the salad with green leaf lettuce.  I ate this with a side of fruit!

Salad and Fruit

When I got home from work, I snacked on a banana and almond butter 🙂

Banana and Almond Butter

For dinner, I’ve been loving quinoa bowls!  This one is quinoa, sautéed kale, roasted sweet potato and this “cheese sauce.”  I love these bowls because they satisfy my sweet/salty obsession!

Quinoa Bowl

 

Quinoa bowls are quick and easy because quinoa only takes 15 minutes to cook….and especially if you roast a few sweet potatoes at the beginning of the week, it makes it super fast!

Happy Hump day y’all—look for a blessing today!


What I Ate Wednesday 7/22/15

Happy Wednesday y’all!  Here’s a look at my eats 🙂

This particular morning I didn’t have much to make for breakfast besides this juice.  But I had a busy day ahead, so I was fine with some liquid energy 😉

 

WIA breakfast

 

I stayed busy at work right up until lunch time, and I chowed down on a salad with leftover walnut taco meat on top, and an oil-free dressing I’ve been loving lately.  I ate a side of quinoa & millet topped with almonds, gluten-free soy sauce, and a drizzle of tahini.  For dessert, I ate fresh cherries!

WIA Lunch

For a snack and pre-workout drink, I made banana nice cream (and ended up sharing with sweet Beckham).  This is just frozen bananas and a little bit of unsweetened almond milk processed in the blender.  Great energy boost to get through a workout!

WIA Snack

Usually by mid-week, I’m almost out of groceries, so dinners are usually just what’s left in the house. This night, I ate a salad and sweet potato fries!  I had no dressings, and I’m finally tired of tahini, so I made a weird dressing that ended being pretty interesting.  It was made with almond butter, lemon juice, water, and dijon mustard.

WIA Dinner

 

I know a lot of people wonder where I get my protein from since I am mainly plant-based.  In this dinner, there are approximately 15 grams of protein just in the avocado, almond butter, hemp seeds, and sweet potato.  🙂

I didn’t end up having dessert this night….crazy, I know!

I hope you gained some inspiration for your week!  Love you all!