This Fitness Friday is being brought to you a little late because …. well . . . life happens (: Keep reading to see what I eat in a day when being health conscience! All of these recipes are vegan, and healthy! Although I am not vegan, I believe that is a very healthy lifestyle and eating vegan and plant based has amazing benefits for your body! Also, be sure to keep an eye on my friend, Erica’s, blog to see how she dresses up her veggies!
First, I always start my day with a big glass of water. I don’t drink coffee or tea, but there’s no need because a big, cold glass of water is extremely hydrating and energizing. This has great health benefits including clearing up your skin and removing toxins from your body. On colder mornings I prefer hot water with fresh lemon. This is a great metabolism booster and tastes so yummy! Now, for the food I went with a whole grain English muffin with all natural peanut butter (this can be replaced with any of your favorite nut butters). Be sure to check the ingredients on your peanut butter because they are often full of sugar and preservatives which are no good and definitely not necessary! I topped it with some cut up bananas, strawberries, and a side of kiwi. I am a major “fruit fly” and always fill up on fruit in the mornings. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so be sure you’re fueling your body with whole foods which are nutrient dense!
For lunch, I absolutely love sushi. However, always buying sushi can get pricey and although making it at home is definitely possible, it is quite a time consuming task. Instead, I prefer making a Chirashi Sushi bowl! This is amazing because it’s all of the ingredients of sushi, but in a salad form! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Sushi rice (this can also be replaced with brown rice or quinoa for a healthier alternative)
- Seasoned rice wine vinegar
- Cucumber – chopped
- Matchstick carrots
- Avocado – cubed
- Pickled ginger – chopped
- Furekike (this is flakes of seaweed and taste amazing on top!!)
For a non vegan alternative you can also add any other sushi fillings such at fish or crab. Cook the rice per the instructions on the bag, season with rice wine vinegar, add and combine all of the ingredients. I top mine with soy sauce or coconut aminos for added flavor. This is amazing because you can make a huge serving of it the day or night before and pack it to go for work or school. Not to mention, so much easier than hand rolling sushi!!!
I like to finish off my day with a hardy meal. I like eating something filling so I don’t wake up in the middle of the night starving. Tonight, I chose to make yummy zucchini noodle pasta (sh don’t tell my Italian relatives!). This is so yummy, simple, and filling. All you’ll need is fresh zucchini (preferably organic since you will be eating the peel), pasta sauce, and a spiralizer. Here’s the one I use.
First, wash the zucchini thoroughly, then follow the instructions for your specific spiralizer. While I’m spiralizing my “pasta” I begin the heat my sauce in a pan on the stove. You can use any sauce of your choice, but once again be sure to check the ingredients for bad stuff that they sneak in there such as a ton of extra added sugar. Once that begins to simmer I add my spiralized noodles to the pot. I let this cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the noodles become tender and heated through. Be sure not to boil your zucchini noodles or they will become mushy. Now eat away! You can add any additional topppings similar to the ones you would add to pasta such as nutritional yeast, or for non-vegan options cheese, meatballs, or other veggies!
After dinner I always have to have dessert. I have the WORST sweet tooth and finding healthy alternatives to the typical, ice cream, candy, or cookies is amazing! Two of my favorites include medjool dates. These are a great alternative to sweets because they like natures caramel. They are sweet and chewy and satiate my sweet craving. To dress them up I like to add some peanut butter. If I’m getting really fancy I pit a few and add them to the food processor with just a splash of water. Once the dates are pulverized I remove them and clean the food processor. Next, I pulverize raw almonds until they are the consistency of rough sand (weird analogy for food I know). I then mold the pulverized dates into a small ball and roll them into the sandy shaped almonds. These are seriously to DIE for. I could eat 10 in a sitting, although I wouldn’t recommend it since dates are high in fiber.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I eat in a day when eating health conscience, plant based, and vegan! For more inspiration be sure to head over to my Pinterest which is linked to the right to see my yummy food boards! Happy Saturday, see you next week for some fitness style!! (: