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 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 2/17/16

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 water, and was starving so grabbed a few pieces of this almond coconut protein fudge - make sure you are signed up for my newsletter to get the recipe for this - I'm going to share on Monday! >>Newsletter Sign Up<<

Breakfast: Coffee and almond milk, Blueberry Buzz smoothie! I swear I eat other things for breakfast, just so happens that on Wednesdays I ALWAYS have this. Ha!

Snack: Coconut water! Three back to back classes often means I need more than just water to re-hydrate. Coconut water contains electrolytes which makes it a great post or pre workout beverage of choice. Be sure to grab one that is 100% juice and not from concentrate!

Lunch: sweetgreen salad with quinoa, baby spinach, steelhead salmon, roasted broccoli, cabbage, nori + ginger miso dressing. One of my favorite, favorite on-the-go options, sweetgreen never fails to satisfy me and I love their focus on local, seasonable ingredients.

Snack: Kombucha (not pictured)

Dinner: I knew I had a long night (another Essential Oils and Yoga workshop at Athleta!) so I packed this jar of yum: arugula, roasted sweet potato, avocado, sauerkraut, and tempeh cooked in coconut oil and tamari. I cooked the sweet potatoes and the tempeh over the weekend so this meal came together easily.

Post-dinner: Some of the lovely Lulitonix blends at my workshop (thanks Luli for sponsoring!). My favorite? The CHIA GOLD which is cashew milk with turmeric and ginger - so good!

 

And there you have it - another day in my food life! Want some help in finding what foods work best for your body? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!

 

What I Ate Wednesday 1/27/16

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."  Each Wednesday 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 water water!! Then almond milk latte later.

Breakfast: Smoothie with blueberries, Parsley Health protein powder, cinnamon, ginger, and tocos. Superfood spotlight: Tocos is a new superfood for me! This light, shimmery powder is derived from brown rice and is recognized as being great for your skin (as it's a rich source of fat-soluble vitamin E&D). It's sweet, creamy flavor is perfect for adding to smoothies, oatmeal, or for stirring straight into coffee.

AM Snack: Simple Green juice from juice press. This juice had cucumber, celery, lemon, kale, sea salt PLUS added probiotics {what are probiotics? learn more here}. Quick tip: Not all green juices are created equal! Aim for one with mostly veggies, organic if possible!

Lunch: Sauteed kale, tomatoes, kraut + an egg. Plus a ginnybakes Happy Chocolate Bliss bar (this was good... but it did contain agave, which I usually shy away from).

Dinner: Baked sweet potato with cinnamon, sea salt, and generous drizzle of homemade almond butter. Plus a sprinkling of roasted pumpkin seeds (I got these at Starbucks of all places and they were SUPER good).

 

And there you have it - another day in my food life! A little nontraditional, but it's what works for me right now. Want some help in finding what works best for your body? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!