What I Eat In A Day | October 24, 2017

I started off the morning with my favorite breakfast that I’ve been making almost every morning lately. It’s the perfect savory breakfast that is super healthy, hearty, simple, and delicious! 

I started by adding about a cup of frozen hash browns to a pan with a tiny bit of olive oil and cooked them until they were crispy. In a separate pan I sautéed crumbled tofu (I add a tiny bit of turmeric to give it some color/flavor), peppers, onion, and kale. At the very end I threw in some garlic and chopped basil for some added flavor and nutrition. 

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And I don’t stop there… I’ve been packing in even more nutrients by adding nutritional yeast (for B vitamins, iron, & zinc) and kelp flakes (for iodine). I top it all with extra black pepper and some hot sauce for a kick. A dish like this is the perfect meal to start your day off because it’s SO much food, and will keep you full for hours. 

Of course I paired it with a mug of French pressed coffee to which I added in some unsweetened soy milk.

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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric & Ginger Smoothie

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Turmeric and ginger are two incredible roots that are helpful in reducing inflammation. Turmeric has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects in addition to it being an antioxidant. It is bright orange in color and will stain just about anything it touches (so beware). I always tell people to eat foods that stain your hands, and turmeric (along with beets, berries, tomatoes, etc.) is a great example of that. The color in fresh fruits and vegetables are powerful antioxidants, so the richer the color the richer the antioxidants! Ginger is known for not only it’s anti-inflammatory properties, but also it’s ability to aid in digestion.

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Both roots have a bittery spiced earth flavor and hearty stringy texture, so eating them raw (or ground) can be a little difficult if you’re not a huge spice lover. I find it difficult to incorporate these medicinal roots into my own diet, so I came up with an awesome smoothie recipe to help myself benefit from their anti-inflammatory effects.

You may intimidated by something that looks like it could be inedible, but have no fear; fresh turmeric and ginger root are super simple to prepare! They can be found in almost all grocery stores in the produce section. They’re usually by the garlic, potatoes, and other non-refrigerated/dry produce. Most all grocery stores sell them both by the pound, so you just can buy as much as you want to have at a time.

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My Favorite Things: September

September is one of my favorite months, because it includes the start of fall, as well as my birthday! I guess I was enjoying it so much, it seemed to fly by! But here are some of the things I loved during the best month of the year!

Family time

I was able to go home twice this month, once for Labor Day and then again for a conference. It’s always so great seeing my family, and our new addition Toby!

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The Perfect (Not Gross) Green Smoothie


Green smoothies can be really intimidating to some people but I have a really simple recipe that I wanted to share. Getting in greens can be really difficult, especially if you don’t have a lot of time to sit and eat them all. Putting them in a smoothie can hide the taste, and make it a lot more enjoyable.

There are three things I’ve learned throughout my green smoothie trials/errors over the years that’s made making smoothies a lot easier…

Don’t overthink / overcomplicate things

When I first started making smoothies, I would try to cram as much stuff in the blender as possible, not thinking about the actual taste of it. I’ve learned to not add a bunch of random ingredients, and keep it as simple as possible.

Fruit is the key 

Fruit should be the main ingredient in your smoothies, not only for taste, but also for calories and carbohydrates. Using at least 3/4 fruit, and 1/4 vegetables you’re guaranteed to have a sweet and refreshing smoothie.

Choose your vegetables wisely 

Choosing the best vegetables to put in a smoothie is also important. If you’re unsure about adding in vegetables, don’t be. You can barely taste them! Sticking with high water content vegetables is best because they have lots of nutrients, but lack in strong flavors. My favorite vegetables to add to smoothies are spinach, kale, celery, celery leaves, cucumber, avocado, and peppers. Not all of them should go into one smoothie, but a choose just a few to put in one.

Now, onto the recipe! I absolutely love this green smoothie recipe because it’s super sweet, inexpensive, easy to make, and it keeps me full for so long.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 frozen bananas (make sure they are frozen, this really helps to make the smoothie smooth and creamy. also use bananas when they are spotty, that’s when they are ripe)
  • 1 cup frozen mango (you could also use frozen or fresh pineapple instead)
  • 2 cups spinach or kale
  • 4 stalks of celery (include the leaves, they are packed full of nutrition!)
  • 1/3 of a medium sized cucumber (leave the peeling on, it also has lots of nutrients and fiber)
  • 1/4 lemon with the seeds removed
  • 3/4 cup orange juice (I like to buy it with lots of pulp, to include more fiber)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger (optional)

Put all ingredients into your blender, and blend! If you like it thicker, add some ice. If you like it a little thinner add some more juice or water.

I put all the ingredient’s into an online food processor to calculate the nutrition facts. If you’re interested in checking them out, you can here!

Orange Ginger Smoothie

Thanks to Earth Fare, I got a free bag of oranges that I need eat. So after a long workout today, I decided I needed a smoothie that would rehydrate me and would be super sweet…..and this is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: use frozen bananas, I didn’t have any bananas that were frozen, so it wasn’t as creamy.
What you’ll need:
  • three small juice oranges (or two large oranges)
  • two bananas (USE FROZEN, it is seriously so much better!) (also, make sure the skins are as spotty as possible!)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk- homemade is definitely better, but I didn’t have any made 😦
  • ginger root- this is optional, but I think it gives it a little zing, plus it has tons of health benefits!
First….
    get all your ingredients together, obviously..
    also, the minion is optional, but I mean who would want to leave him out?!

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