A Day on my Plate

Everything I eat on a typical day, with recipes included!

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I mainly follow a gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and grain free diet. This means I strive to eat paleo-based, but I do not follow it strictly. I sometimes have quinoa, rice or oats if I feel like it. I eat healthy because I genuinely enjoy eating healthy, not because I force myself too. At the same time, if I want chocolate, ice cream or cake, I have it. It’s important to remember that life is not all about following a perfect diet. Nutrition is very important to health and well-being, but it should not dictate your life. For a while, it controlled mine, and I have finally found a balance between leading a healthy lifestyle, but still enjoying my life and having fun. I hope this post is inspirational or helpful to some of you. Also, the amount of food I eat each day is different and in no way am I recommending you eat the same amount I do. Everyone’s body is different, and everyone needs a different amount of calories. So keep that in mind! Also, I have links at the end of this post for some of the products I mention.

BREAKFAST

I had this gorgeous bowl of oatmeal. I usually have eggs and a smoothie for breakfast, but this morning I was really craving oats so that’s what I went with.
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You will need:
*1 banana
*Half an apple
*1/2 cup gluten free oats
*1/2 cup unsweetened hemp milk
*1 tbsp chia seeds
*1 tbsp pure raw honey
*1 tbsp raw almond butter
*1 tbsp pomegranate seeds
Optional: Cinnamon, cacao powder
  1. Combine the oats, hemp milk, chia seed, 1 half of the banana and maybe a splash of hot water in a bowl and mix well. Microwave it for a minute.
  2. Take it out and add some cinnamon, mix well. Add a tablespoon of almond butter, honey, and put it back in the microwave for another minute for it to melt.
  3. Add toppings desired: more fruit, or whatever you like!

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Done! Super simple and amazingly good. I sometimes add collagen or egg whites to my oats, but since I was having this as a normal breakfast not for post-workout, I did not. You get a substantial amount of protein from the almond butter as well.

LUNCH

I had this thick cherry beet smoothie with a piece of raw, organic chocolate from Not Your Average Sugar Mamas. To make this smoothie I combined the following ingredients:
*1/2 apple (I used the other half from breakfast)
*1/2 frozen banana
*1/2 cup frozen kale
*1/2 cup frozen cherries
*1/3 cup frozen cauliflower
*1/2 cup beet juice
*1/2 of an avocado
*1 scoop of collagen protein powder
*1/2 cup almond milk+water to blend
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This smoothie comes out so thick and creamy, so I usually top it with some hemp seeds and eat it with a spoon! Sweet, delectable and perfect for a post workout treat. Beets are also incredible for athletes since they contain nitrates which in turn help reduce the amount of oxygen your muscles require. This makes them great for endurance, or great after a hard workout. Eat more beets! In addition, I found this smoothie paired very well with a piece of dark chocolate. This chocolate has no refined sugar and is amazing! I love that it is made locally in Martha’s Vineyard.
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Photo from the Not Your Sugar Mamas website

DINNER

For dinner on this day, I enjoyed pan grilled salmon, with roasted Japanese sweet potatoes over a bed of kale with a vegan cheese sauce. It was my first time trying out this sauce recipe and I LOVED IT. For the salmon, I simply defrosted a wild salmon frozen fillet and tossed it on the pan with some coconut oil and green onions. I seasoned it with black pepper, Himalayan salt, rosemary and garlic powder. I cooked it on both sides for about three minutes and then put it in the oven at 400 degrees for about ten minutes to cook through thoroughly. For the sweet potatoes, I chopped them up, coated them in coconut oil, seasoned with the same seasonings and put them in the oven at 400 degrees for thirty minutes.
Pan seared salmon
For the vegan cheese sauce you will need:
*1 cup soaked cashews (I only soaked them for a few hours and this works fine)
*2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
*1 tsp Dijon mustard
*1 tsp dill
*1 tsp black pepper
*1 tsp garlic powder
*Himalayan salt to taste
*Unsweetened coconut milk to blend it up and make it smooth
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Remember you can always adjust these seasonings to fit your taste buds. This sauce came out creamy and delicious. I drizzled it on top of the sweet potatoes, with the salmon on the side and served it over a bed of kale. Yum!
I hope you guys enjoyed these three recipes and found this post interesting or insightful. This is a very standard day of eating for me, but as I said before, it really depends on my activity level that day and what my body feels like. I just go by that and I don’t complicate things. Have a fabulous morning, day, or night wherever you are in the world!!!
If you are interested in some of the products I mentioned in this post, I will link them right here:

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