This week went by pretty fast, I must say. It seems like between work, school and more work, life is just keeping me busy. I am not complaining at all but I am noticing some changes in my daily life. It’s about that time I talk to you about them;1. I wake up later: There are days that I work overnight and I sleep right after, waking up at one or two in the afternoon. It feels odd but I know my body needs the rest and I am not one of those people who is a “loser” for sleeping til noon. #Ihaveissuesasyoucantell.
2. I don’t think about, take pictures or talk much about food: I realized I haven’t been posting much about food on the blog or Instagram; more about nature and my life. Don’t get me wrong, I still love food, but I feel that for the first time since 2009 (when I started YouTube) it isn’t “consuming” my life, I feel. It’s a totally new feeling and I am just enjoying eating a more whole foods based “diet” and living life.
3. From sweet to savory: I find myself not craving sweets so much anymore. I am going more for savory or “neutral” things plain nuts and nut butters. It’s different to not crave a protein pancake with maple when I awake, but rather one with a little bit of Earth Balance, seeds and nuts. Don’t get me wrong, I still like my occasional truffles.4. I have more
guy friends: I find myself having gym dates with buddies of mine and I must say I am loving every minute. Surrounding myself with people who take their health seriously and enjoy life. Not to mention bringing me some goodies at 2:00am at work. XO!
Life just seems to be coming together slowly, but then falling apart all at once. For now, I am enjoying life one day at a time, just taking a simple approach; with food, exercise, school, work and family/ friends. Life isn’t about perfection, it’s all about progress.Question: How was your weekend? I know I always come back to this, but for you 20-something year olds out there (or soon to be) how do you feel about your life? Is it a never ending roller coaster like mine or are you slowly (but surely) getting it together?!
Happy WIAW y’all!
Okay, so I clearly couldn’t come up with a more clever title but for today I have a review! I also have a lot of yummy foods and snacks to share with you. Obviously they seem to all have almonds. I think I have a problem, seriously. Any who, for more info on WIAW, head on over to Peas and Crayons!For the review, I will be sharing some Greens with you from It Works. Kendal from It Works contacted me about trying out some Greens and I couldn’t pass it up. These Greens help give you an energy boost, detoxify your system, contain herbs and have 8+ servings of fruits and veggies in them (is not GF though!). That was definitely the kicker for me to try em’.
I had it for a few mornings on am empty stomach mixed with water and a splash of peach juice. I was afraid to try it by the dark green color but I assure you, it just tasted like berry juice with a hint of peach. It was delicious! I found that for the new few days, I was more focused and alert, which obviously showed a boost in energy. I would totally recommend this product, especially to give your body a nutritional boost! Because, let’s be real, you can’t always get your daily servings of fruits and veggies all the time. I know I can’t.
I am going to be looking into their Vita Core supplements, since I have been looking for a good one too take. I also found that I was making more healthy choices throughout the day and wasn’t craving as much carbs as I normally do.Even at snack time, I wasn’t always craving some chocolate.Mostly fruit, some fat and with a
truckload hint of almonds.Lunches and dinners looked like this; grilled chicken with greens and pita chips.Or a little bit of chicken with a whole grain rice pilaf and plantains.Question: Do you use any supplements in your daily diet? I would totally recommend you checking out Kendal’s It Works page and looking at the Greens and other amazing products that they have to offer such as body wraps, vitamins and minerals and even dark chocolate raspberry energy bars!
This semester of grad school is by far the most intense. I feel like I am being pulled in so many directions. (See more Art of the Brick at the end of this post)I’m dealing with a lot of clinical nutrition. It’s kicking my butt and I feel like every chance I get, I am reading. I found this salted caramel latte by Bolthouse Farms and boy is it delicious! I mixed in more of my coffee just so it didn’t taste so sweet. Believe it or not, my desire for sweet stuff has reduced and I look for more “salty” things.
Along with the latte, here are some other things that have been bought over the past couple of days. Even though I may not have the ultimate sweet tooth, once in a while I like to make protein “truffles.” So, so good!I’ve been kicking it up a notch at the gym too = intense! #Sweatyface all the way.Oh and always remember to stretch after your workout. Sometimes I forget and regret the feeling in the morning, but it is super important that you stretch to improve flexibility and reduce your chances of injury!Not to mention, fueling your body right, is also quite important.Something I wanted to talk to y’all about is my food allergies (while I show you more from Art of the Brick!). You may be seeing wheat and peanuts now in my food choices. I am actually going to be doing a research project on food allergies/ intolerance and how one may out grow them. Now, I am not saying go eat your allergens!I’ve noticed that all of my allergies got worse except for wheat and peanuts. I’ve always been lactose intolerant but that is something that always changes; some months it’s super intense, some months it’s fine. So for now, I am experimenting and seeing how things go and of course, doing plenty of research! What’s your take on food allergies and outgrowing them?Let’s just see how things go here in New York for a bit, shall we?Question: One more day til Friday! What are y’all doing this weekend? Even been to the Art of the Brick exhibit or NYC’s Discovery Center?
Happy, happy What I Ate Wednesday!
This one is going to be short and sweet but full of yummy eats. I am going to show you some of the things I was eating during the last week in Massachusetts. I am in New York now, but school is taking up most of my life, so forgive me if I am not around often. As always, check out Peas and Crayons for all the delicious details!Breakfast? Always with my protein pancake. Just can’t get enough; *cue Black Eye Peas*
On one of the days I had to work at 6:00am. I was crashing and needed some coffee. I got a pumpkin spice latte from Dunkin’ Donuts with TWO shots of espresso. Yes, I was off the wall.I had to go to school one of the days and my friend came with me me. We had lunch at Au Bon Pan. I had a caprese sandwich with chicken, pesto, mozzarella, arugula. So good.I was running late to work one day and didn’t have time to prep any food. I ended up at Subway grabbing a multigrain turkey, lettuce and cucumber sandwich.At work for dinner, I grabbed some things and put them together. I am not a fan of eating heavy meals at work; I tend to snack.For desserts, I’ve been doing a lot of Greek yogurts with peanut butter, chia and whatever else I want to throw in. Mmmm.Lastly, my dad knows me so well. When I came home, get got me some cheesecake. I’m a sucker for cheesecake. Y’all should know.Question: What is your go to meal when you are on the go? Fruit, cheese and nut platters are definitely on the top of my list!
I know, I am not a cowgirl, but sometimes I secretly wish I were. I still need to get be some cowgirl boots and then I will fit the part. Any who, I have an awesome little guest post for you here from the lovely Danielle who is working over at TLC Meals.
You have to check out their site. They have delicious meals that cater to a lot of different dietary needs. Here, she brings to you a recipe for those busy folks out there. Funny thing is a few months ago, my brother asked me to make a gluten-free banana bread. This recipe is gluten-free and quite easy to make and has been adapted from Food52. Enjoy!
Even if your favourite meals aren’t that healthy, it doesn’t mean that you can’t adapt them to make them as healthy as possible. Adapting meals to make them healthier or suit dietary requirements is probably familiar to all readers of this blog.
Here is a great, time tested recipe for banana bread that should suit many dietary requirements. If it doesn’t, adapt it! What you’ll need:
One hundred grams of finely ground almond flour
- Sixty grams of arrowroot powder
- A half teaspoon of kosher salt
- One teaspoon of baking powder
- A half cup of maple syrup
- Three quarters of a cup of crushed hazelnuts
- Three large ripe bananas
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Eighty grams of coconut oil (melted)
- Two large eggs
What to do:
Pre heat oven to 190 celsius.
Grease a one-pound loaf pound
Mix all the dry ingredients up together, hazelnuts excepted
In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients, mashing the bananas
Gradually combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring as you go, then add the hazelnuts, stir more.
Pour the banana bread into the greased pan, and bake until gold, about 45-60 minutes, depending on your oven.
I hope y’all enjoyed this recipe post from Danielle! Like I said, head on over to TLC Meals to check out their awesome selections of yums to fit various dietary needs. Happy Labor Day Weekend; what are your plans?! :)
Another Wednesday calls for another WIAW! If you are new to the What I Ate Wednesday party, head on over to Peas and Crayons for all the delicious d[EAT]ails.For breakfasts, I have been enjoying the french toast on most occasions. But my favorite has been some oats, honey, chia and flax seeds with cranberreies and peanut butter.For snacks, you know grapes and almonds were involved. My lunches have been pretty small and quick (and times two). One this week was a bit of salad, nuts & seeds, flax crackers, laughing cow and a turkey burger.Since I still had money on my Starbucks gift card, one of my dinners at work this week was this protein bistro box and a soy latte plus extra organic grapes on the side from Trader Joe’s. I don’t know why but the grapes from there are amazing.I’ve been desserting on yogurt lately. I have this massive craving for ice cream and yogurt, plus chia seeds and peanut butter seem to satisfy that craving. Sometimes I throw in cranberries. I know, sugar overload, but I don’t add the granola since it has corn starch.
Or maybe even some chocolate, peanut butter and chia seeds, plus more chocolate. Oh yes!Question: What have you been craving these days and how do you take care of them? Big ones for me this week have been ice cream and sometimes pizza but I have not satisfied that one yet. Boo; note to self… go find pizza asap!
Happy Monday y’all!
I just wanted to start out this week by talking about my current “diet.” Now, I follow no specific “diet” but on most days, I still find myself eating vegetarian/ vegan meals. Lately the only “non-veg” foods I have been eating are chicken, laughing cow cheese wedge and the occasional egg white or two.
If I do any meat I try to make sure it is from an organic source. It really makes all the difference in terms of taste and how my body feels after eating it since there are no antibiotics or growth hormones.
I just know that personally, my body needs the extra protein since I have pushing hard with my workouts. Due too all the issues I have with my digestive system and acid/ bile reflux, I can’t eat as many beans/legumes (for protein) as I would like to or even too many carbs either since both irritate it.
Hence why you see me doing more nuts and seeds, but I do make sure not to go over 70g of fat, which tends to irritate the reflux. With all that being said, onto some goodies! The other day I went to Whole Foods to grab a few things. Because you know, once in a while I do like to treat myself.
My mom recently stumbled upon this Raw Fit protein powder. I am always skeptical when it comes to buying big jars of them only because I worry I won’t like them. But this one? Seriously the best one I have ever tasted. It is made with sesame seeds (aka an allergen of mine) but I don’t find I have any issues yet.I’ve been using it to make my protein french toast instead of using PB protein powder and it tastes even better. Not to mention more satisfying! I love that it has probiotics, since as a lactose intolerant person, I have a hard time getting that in from a natural source.I think I have become slightly addicted to french toast. I even brought it to work with me for the early a.m shifts (which are no more; hello full-time night time!).No worries, I have eaten other things like a quinoa black bean chickpea salad with a sourdough bread roll and garlic/ herb laughing cow cheese wedge. My favorite.Or an open faced chicken sandwich with black beans and arugula. Yeah, I had a lot of black beans I needed to use up. Like a lot and my stomach was not happy by any means!
Question: Ever tried and Garden of Life products? I have tried their regular raw vanilla protein powder and it was pretty good but this one just blows me away. Not only through my taste buds but how satisfied I feel!