There are days where I have pizza, burgers, or super delicious breakfast burritos and there are days where I drink green juice and smoothies and eat really big salads. Not because I feel like I have to, but because I genuinely want to. I typically eat plant based because thats how I feel my best. I have come to realize that I am a very, very sensitive person who needs to be careful about what she consumes, otherwise I really start to feel the effects. I used to eat whatever the heck I wanted and not feel the effects at all. Now I’m so in tune with my body that I can pinpoint almost exactly why something feels off. I also work with a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner who is fantastic and fine tunes the things that I can’t on my own using healing herbs and supplements. I understand that some people may think my way of living is overboard, “too much”, or “too strict” and to those people all I have to say is you are entitled to your opinions, but I like my lifestyle. Some days I wish I could eat whatever I want still, but most days I really enjoy nourishing my body with healthy foods. This is what a typical day looks like for me.
12-16 oz warm water with 1 lemon squeezed in.
I wait 15 minutes and then drink 16 oz of fresh celery juice. All you need for this is one bunch of celery, which makes roughly 16 oz. Drink that and then wait at least 30 minutes before consuming anything else.
Next up is my GREEN SMOOTHIE. Yes. These are my favorite. I can add so many healthy ingredients and still make them taste good. The recipe for my typical green smoothie is as follows:
1 cup of almond milk
3 cups of spinach
1 frozen banana
1 tsp spirulina
1/4 cup dulse
1 tbsp flax seed
1 tbsp cacao powder
few sprinkles of cinnamon
1/2 tsp He Shou Wu
1/2 tsp Ashwagandha
hemp protein powder
I blend this baby up and top with cacao nibs and its SO GOOD.
Now is the time for my all time favorite ceasar salad. I got this recipe from Kaleidoscope Juice, an organic and amazing juice bar in Phoenix, AZ that I used to work at. I will post the recipe from them soon because it really is that delicious. I top it with chickpea croutons, watermelon radish for some spice and color, and cherry tomatoes. Love, love, LOVE this salad so much.
I will snack on fruit like apples, oranges, or berries or I will have some gluten free crackers with hummus. My favorite brands for gluten free crackers are Simple Mills or Mary’s Gone Crackers. I look at the ingredients when buying gluten free because a lot of brands will sneak in weird ingredients like corn starch, maltodextrin, “natural flavors”, or soy. I try to buy gluten free items with the least amount of ingredients and no corn or soy. The reason being is these two ingredients often tend to be GMO’s, especially in processed foods. I love the brand HOPE for my hummus. They have a black garlic one that is sooo good.
Some days I love to toast gluten free bread and make avocado toast. The recipe can be found under my blog in the recipe section.
That 3pm slump can get very real for me some days and thats why I love mixing in a green drink to give me lots of nutrients and an energy boost. The brand that I’m really loving right now is called “Smart Pressed Juice”. I drink the Organic Pressed Greens from them and I love it because it includes everything from Alfalfa and Barley Grass to Spirulina, Chlorella, and even Ashwagandha! It’s amazing and actually tastes pretty good too (I've had some green juice powders that taste like you’re actually eating hay). Their product is also non-gmo, organic, gluten free and contains enzymes and probiotics. I love it. One thing I will say is that I will NEVER ever ever rave or support a product I do not use love, and trust. It just does not sit right with me and I can’t do it. So if I’m ever talking about a product, it’s because I love it and actually use it. Every body is so different and is going to react to products differently, so you just have to find the products that work best for you.
Now that it’s fall I’m obsessed with making different kinds of soup. It’s easy to make, easy to sneak in lots of vegetables, filling, and comforting. Another plus is that there are usually left overs that I can save for the next day or freeze and heat up later on. I love making butternut squash soup (you can find it in the recipe section of my blog) now that its fall. This recipe has so many vegetables and is the perfect mixture of sweetness from the squash and savory from the other vegetables and spices. I love to top this one with red pepper flakes and truffle oil.
I have chocolate almost every single night. I just do. Usually just one or two pieces do the trick. I love Honey Mama’s cacao nectar bar because it’s sweetened with just honey, is made with only a few simple ingredients, and tastes so good. I also love Alter Eco’s salted caramel truffles. They are TO DIE FOR. I’m not joking. They aren’t quite as clean as Honey Mama’s and are sweetened with cane sugar, but they’re so worth it. They are organic and use fair trade ingredients, so in my opinion, they make up for it.
I also love to end my night with tea. I feel like it signals to my body that it’s time to start getting ready for bed. I love peppermint, dandelion root, lemon balm, ginger, or my own mixture of red raspberry leaf/red clover/stinging nettle tea. My favorite brands for tea are Traditional Medicinals or Organic India Tulsi Tea.
During the day I typically have between 60-80 oz of water on top of the lemon water, celery juice, tea, and any other beverages I consume throughout the day. I shoot for at least 90-120 ounces of liquids (mainly pure water) throughout the day.
I hope you enjoyed having a glance at what I typically eat in a day! Of course every day is going to vary a little bit depending on my schedule, how hungry I am, etc. I try my best to listen to my body and give it what it needs. Please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment if you have any questions. Xo
**I would like to mention that I consumed roughly 55-62 grams of protein this day (mainly from the spinach, hemp protein, chickpeas, and chicken bone broth from the butternut squash soup) for those wondering how people get enough protein from eating a plant based or mostly plant based diet.