What I Ate Wednesday 8/10/16 [Orange County Edition]

In an effort to show you all more of what I eat as a plant-strong, active adult, I'm starting a new series here on the blog - "What I Ate Wednesday."  Every other Wednesday (or so) I'll snap a picture of everything I eat and post the pictures plus descriptions here on the blog.  I'll share helpful information on what I'm eating and why.

PLEASE, please, please do not think that your food choices should directly mirror mine - we are all different and what works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa.  I'm still figuring out what works best for me and guess what?  It's changing all the time. I'm simply sharing my choices with the hopes to give you more ideas when it comes to healthy foods and meals.

Here's what I ate this Wednesday:

 

Upon waking - A BIG glass of water. ALWAYS. Then, a mocha from Bulletproof Cafe - delish!! This is my favorite coffee drink I've had from here so far.


Breakfast - Acai bowl with celery, spinach, hemp milk + hemp protein, topped with berries and granola from Banzai Bowls. This was definitely the most epic acai bowl I've ever had! Quick tip: Many smoothie places ADD sweetener to their acai blends because the acai fruit is inherently not as sweet as other fruits. I always ask for no additional sweetener - the toppings add enough sweetness. And speaking of toppings, go easy on em! Granola is delicious but again it can contain tons of added sugar and the amount included is usually way more that 1 serving.  I took off about 1/2 of the granola on this acai bowl before enjoying it.


Lunch - Big ol' kale Caesar salad with tofu, a jackfruit BBQ slider (get my recipe here!) and a guava kombucha from Seabirds Kitchen.


Snack - A green juice with all the greens, lemon, ginger + turmeric from Juice Crafters.

Dinner - So dinner was a little weird since I was driving during usual dinner time. Before my drive I had a Chocolate Collagen Protein bar that I picked up from Bulletproof Cafe earlier. After my drive I had a 'Freeze' from Pressed Juicery which is frozen soft serve like almond milk with yummy toppings. Normal dinner fare? No. Halfway nutritious and delicious? YES.  #balance ;)

 

And there you have it... an especially adventurous day in my food life! As I've mentioned before, I'm always striving for balance - enjoying food and life, but also sticking with the foods that I know make me feel my best. Do you think you could use some guidance in finding what foods work best for your body and LIFE? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!

What I Ate Wednesday 6/1/16

In an effort to show you all more of what I eat as a plant-strong, active adult, I'm starting a new series here on the blog - "What I Ate Wednesday."  Every other Wednesday (or so) I'll snap a picture of everything I eat and post the pictures plus descriptions here on the blog.  I'll share helpful information on what I'm eating and why.

PLEASE, please, please do not think that your food choices should directly mirror mine - we are all different and what works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa.  I'm still figuring out what works best for me and guess what?  It's changing all the time. I'm simply sharing my choices with the hopes to give you more ideas when it comes to healthy foods and meals.

Here's what I ate this Wednesday:

Upon waking: water + lemon juice, coffee blended with 1 tsp ghee, cinnamon + a few drops of liquid stevia. Quick tip: Ghee is clarified butter which means it is butter with the milk proteins removed. Many people who cannot tolerate dairy can handle ghee.

Breakfast: Steamed kale, sweet potatoes, sauerkraut + 2 hard boiled eggs. Superhuman breakfast, to go!

Snack: Strawberries + small handful of raw almonds, iced black tea with lemon from Hu Kitchen

Lunch: Some sugar snap peas (not pictured) and this gorgeous salad: mixed greens, broiled wild caught steel-head salmon, garlic sauerkraut + tangy lemon dill yogurt dressing. This salad was super flavorful, and SO easy! Would you guys want the super simple recipe for this salmon and dressing? Let me know in the comments below!

Snack: Smoothie with protein powder, water, frozen cherries + vanilla extract. Not pictured.

Dinner: Zucchini noodles, marinated tofu + quinoa. Tofu - I'm still on the fence with you. I had a craving for it last week, but I don't think my gut loves it (soy can be hard to digest). Peppermint tea to curb my sweet tooth after dinner (yes, I have a sweet tooth, and yes this actually works to quell it!)

 

Like I mentioned, I'm always looking to find what foods work best for me through experimentation, and trial and error. Hey, I never thought I would eat dairy again and here I am, trying it out (sheep's milk yogurt and ghee) and doing just fine! Want some help in finding what foods work best for your body and LIFE? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!

What I Ate Wednesday 5/18/16

In an effort to show you all more of what I eat as a primarily plant-based, active adult, I'm starting a new series here on the blog - "What I Ate Wednesday."  Every other Wednesday (or so) I'll snap a picture of everything I eat and post the pictures plus descriptions here on the blog.  I'll share helpful information on what I'm eating and why.

PLEASE, please, please do not think that your food choices should directly mirror mine - we are all different and what works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa.  I'm still figuring out what works best for me and guess what?  It's changing all the time.  I'm simply sharing my choices with the hopes to give you more ideas when it comes to plant based foods and meals.

Here's what I ate this Wednesday:

Upon waking: Water with lemon essential oil. Bulletproof matcha tea (SO GOOD!) - get the recipe here!

Breakfast: 2 eggs + LOTS of veggies at Hu Kitchen. Brought by own sauerkraut to add on top!

Lunch: Veggie noodles, spicy mushroom salad more kraut + turmeric kombucha. I usually try not to eat out 2 meals in a day, but Wednesdays have turned into crazy teaching days where I'm running all over the city, so I rely on my favorite Hu Kitchen to fuel me well!

Snack: Watermelon + raw fennel - yummy combo! Super hydrating after reaching a bunch of classes!

Dinner: Sheep's milk yogurt + Parsley chocolate protein + 1/2 banana, walnuts, shredded coconut. Quick tip: Did you know that sheep's milk is more easily digested than cow's? Plus, its usually way less processed. I'm experimenting with how it works with my gut (cow's dairy is a no-no) and so far, so good!!

 

Like I mentioned, I'm always looking to find what foods work best for me through experimentation, and trial and error. Hey, I never thought I would eat dairy again and here I am, trying it out and doing just fine! Want some help in finding what foods work best for your body and LIFE? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!

What I Ate Wednesday 3/30/16

In an effort to show you all more of what I eat as a primarily plant-based, active adult, I'm starting a new series here on the blog - "What I Ate Wednesday."  Every other Wednesday (or so) I'll snap a picture of everything I eat and post the pictures plus descriptions here on the blog.  I'll share helpful information on what I'm eating and why.

PLEASE, please, please do not think that your food choices should directly mirror mine - we are all different and what works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa.  I'm still figuring out what works best for me and guess what?  It's changing all the time.  I'm simply sharing my choices with the hopes to give you more ideas when it comes to plant based foods and meals.

Here's what I ate this Wednesday:

Upon waking: Water!! Then the last of my cold brew coffee blended with almond milk and coconut oil. YUMMM.

Breakfast: Smoothie with almond milk, banana, blueberries, chia seeds, greens, cinnamon, and ginger.

Morning Snack: Piece of this delicious [gluten free, refined sugar free] apple walnut bread I made this weekend. So, so good. I'm saving this recipe for a special project but if you REALLY want it now I may share it - email me at emily@emilynachazel.com :)

Lunch: All the veggies! Veggie hash, sauteed baby bok choy, roasted sweet potatoes.

Afternoon snack: Turmeric kombucha. I've got to crack this recipe - it's so good! PLUS (not pictured) two or three apple pie bites.

Dinner: Tempeh cooked in coconut oil and tamari, sauteed greens, and cauliflower rice. Quick tip: "Riced" cauliflower is a great alternative to actual rice if you are experimenting with fewer grains in your diet (also a great way to sneak in more veggies!) See this blog post for how to make your own cauliflower rice, or go buy it from Trader Joe's (in the frozen section).

 

Like I mentioned previously, I teach A LOT on Wednesdays (4 classes!). When I'm teaching this much, I find I need extra fuel (duh!) and lots of healthy fats. I've realized that this works best through experimentation, and trial and error. Want some help in finding what foods work best for your body and LIFE? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!

What I Ate Wednesday 3/9/16

In an effort to show you all more of what I eat as a primarily plant-based, active adult, I'm starting a new series here on the blog - "What I Ate Wednesday."  Every other Wednesday (or so) I'll snap a picture of everything I eat and post the pictures plus descriptions here on the blog.  I'll share helpful information on what I'm eating and why.

PLEASE, please, please do not think that your food choices should directly mirror mine - we are all different and what works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa.  I'm still figuring out what works best for me and guess what?  It's changing all the time.  I'm simply sharing my choices with the hopes to give you more ideas when it comes to plant based foods and meals.

Here's what I ate this Wednesday:

 

Upon waking: Big mason jar of water!! Every, single day! Then, espresso + almond milk. Quick tip: wondering why your latte doesn't make you feel as jittery as a regular cup of joe, even though it tastes stronger? Espresso generally has less caffeine and a smoother buzz than drip coffee.

Breakfast: Cacao Banana Smoothie. I will be sharing the recipe in my newsletter on Monday (plus the download on my most recent fave superfoods), so make sure you are on the list: Subscribe here!

Snack: Justin's Peanut Butter + Coconut water. Quick tip: Eat nuts in moderation. I know, I'm totally guilty of overdoing it in the nut department so I've found these single serving peanut and almond butter packets to be very helpful. See the photo above (or click here) for some of my other favorite to-go snacks.

Lunch: Kale salad + spicy mushrooms + paleo "bread" (not pictured). Turmeric kombucha. All from Hu Kitchen. Yum! I'm getting settled into a new place, and can't wait to get back to brewing my own kombucha. This flavor will be first on my list to crack!

Early dinner: Vanilla Protein Smoothie from Juice Press. Honestly, I'm generally disappointed when I order smoothies out - this one was pretty bland (next time I would add some cinnamon and ginger!!), but it did have 20g of protein which is a plus.

Later snack: 1 small avocado mashed with sauerkraut.

 

My schedule has shifted so I teach A LOT on Wednesdays (4 classes!). When I'm teaching this much, I find I need smaller meals, more often, and lots of healthy fats. I've realized that this works best through experimentation, and trial and error. Want some help in finding what foods work best for your body and LIFE? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!