“Create healthy habits, not restrictions”.
Today’s post is all about my food, of course. I love food and I love cooking when I can. Experimenting in the kitchen is extremely therapeutic and it helps me to unwind.
On this particular day, I stayed at home. University is coming to an end so the workload is high. However, I am still training 3 times a week and I am trying to eat healthy, wholesome and nutritious foods. I love eating chocolate and sweet treats! So I add these in where I can and I choose healthier alternatives on rest days. Sometimes I like to indulge on set meals throughout the week or I will have a little something each day to keep me going, it just depends on how I feel and what I am craving.
Remember, a healthy mindset towards the food you are eating is important! We eat food to fuel our body to do incredible things. Don’t starve yourself from the things you adore, life is too short. Just make healthy changes where you can and eat your favourite foods within moderation. It is just how it works for you.
*I am not a nutritionist and I haven’t studied anything regarding fitness. I have identified what works for me and my body and I am sharing some ideas, in hope that it inspires you!*
Breakfast – Superfood Smoothie Bowl
Ever since I began my day with a smoothie bowl I haven’t craved sugar as much. I stop the craving in the morning with lots of fruit and raw superfood powders. I also add lots of delicious toppings to my smoothie bowls to add texture and crunch as well as well volume to my breakfast meal. Every smoothie bowl I create contains one green vegetable; this adds extra nutrients too. Spinach and kale are my smoothie ingredient favourites! As they blend well and don’t add any additional flavour.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 handful of frozen mixed berries
- Unsweetened almond milk – enough to help the smoothie blend– Alpro
- 1tsp of cacao powder (I add this for extra sweetness and chocolate flavour, it is delicious and full of essential vitamins)
- 1tsp of chia seeds
- 1 energy super food sachet from PACK’D – includes flax seed, maca, cacao and guarana. (A source of Manganese, which contributes to normal energy release – no quick fixes involved that leave you feeling sluggish)
- Homemade granola, seeds & more frozen berries.
Benefits of Chia Seeds provided by – The Grape Tree
“Whole Chia Seeds have high levels of omega 3, fibre, calcium, manganese and phosphorus. They provide an excellent non-animal source of protein and are thought to help regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.”
Benefits of Cacao Powder provided by – The Grape Tree
“Cacao powder has a beautifully rich taste perfect for your desserts, in smoothies or to make your hot cocoa. A great source of vitamin C, calcium, iron and magnesium.
For thousands of years, Cacao powder has been an important food among South American population. Add a spoonful of cacao powder and transform your smoothie or dessert. Cacao Powder provides exceptional flavour and texture along with a healthy dose of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.”
Lunchtime – Stir Fry Vegetables & Tuna
At the minute I am trying to incorporate as many vegetables as I can at lunchtime, this keeps me going throughout the afternoon and has helped contribute to clearer skin. I like to stir fry my vegetables in a pan with some coconut oil and boil my broccoli separate. I boil my broccoli separate, as I prefer the texture this way. I add garlic, salt & pepper as additional seasonings. I boil some eggs and top my big bowl off with some tuna fish.
My Favourite Vegetables – Quick & Easy
- Peppers (all colours!)
- Mangetout & Sugar snap peas
- Frozen peas
Delicious! Super quick and full of vitamins. When I am at home working I like my lunchtime meal to be quick, this allows me to be more productive towards my work. However, sometimes last night’s leftovers are always a good option! I shall delve deeper into this topic soon on my blog.
This is usually a combination of plain/natural nuts, seeds and sliced fruit – my favourites are – kiwi, apple, grapes, pomegranate and oranges. Amazing! I am always drinking water throughout the day and I drinks lots of green tea, it is my favourite. Staying hydrated is important THROUGHOUT THE DAY, not just gulping down water when you become extremely thirsty. It helps me stayed focused and refreshed.
Check out the Grape Tree’s large selection of nuts and dried fruit, they are affordable and taste yummy! No nasty ingredients. – Grape Tree
Evening Meal – Red & White Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Chicken Strips
My evening meals are sometimes cooked by my mum. However, I always try to incorporate vegetables, protein and carbs into my evening meal. This evening’s meal is – red & white quinoa cooked in a kallo organic vegetable stock cube and water, mixed vegetables, chicken breast pieces and sweet potato topped with cheese. This is my favourite home cooked meal at the moment! Filled with nutrients and a great source of energy.
How good is Quinoa?
“One of the best reasons to enjoy quinoa is because it has a high-protein content, which makes it a great cholesterol-free product. It provides all 9 essential Amino Acids.
Quinoa is a Gluten-free and Cholesterol-free whole grain. It is also a very good source of iron, Vitamin B2, and Magnesium. Iron is good for the production of red blood cells and oxygen transportation. Vitamin B2 is responsible for energy, metabolism in the brain and muscle cells. Magnesium is involved in everything from nerve impulses, detoxification, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.” Information provided by Grape Tree – MY FAVOURITE HEALTH FOOD STORE!
My evening snacks are always something sweet combined with a lovely warm green tea. This is what works for me and helps settle my stomach before bedtime. Total 0% Greek yoghurt, mixed fruit, nuts, melted peanut butter using the microwave, *honestly it is a game changer*) and my homemade granola!
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks post. I want to inspire people and inject your day with colour. When eating and cooking food, cook the foods you love! And eat the foods you love! Don’t restrict and don’t deprive yourself of the good things that YOU enjoy. Remember it is a lifestyle change, no quick fixes involved. Feel fuller for longer, more energised and happier from within.
Self-happiness, health and self-love are so important, without these things, you have nothing.
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