We all need a little healthy inspiration now and then. I really try to guide my eating habits in a healthy nutrient dense direction. I know when I eat good, I have more energy, my immune system stays on top, I sleep better, and my clothes fit nicely. I promise I'm not always perfect, but I try my darndest to play by the 80/20 rule. 80 percent of the time I focus on healthy nourishing food.
I thought today I'd give you a little glimpse of what a typical "great" food day looks like for me. I'm active and definitely don't skip meals. That's when mama get cranky. heh
I start the day early! I'm typically up at 5:30am because I have to train clients at 6:00am.
First thing, I drink a big jug of water with 1/2 of a lemon squeezed in. The is a revved up super charge for the liver.
I'm home around 7am to get my twins ready for school and eat breakfast. Here's my Breakfast:
I timed it and it took 7 minutes! Two Scrambled eggs, one piece of sprouted grain bread toasted with almond butter, sautéed spinach (after I'm done with the eggs I just throw a large handful of spinach in the pan and toss around until it wilts), and 4 small slices of tomato. Looks fancy, but totally easy! The kiddos dig the eggs and toast and then I usually put some fruit on their plates too. Which has been more welcome than the spinach:)
Around 10:30 I grab a small handful of nuts and an apple. It doesn't get much easier than that. This is real "fast food".
Lunch time! My typical "go-to" is a great big salad. This way I make sure I'm getting my veggies for the day as well as fiber and tons of nutrients. I've really been loving this lemony cabbage and avocado salad I found on wholefoods.com. My version is shown below. It changes each time I make it depending upon what I have on hand.
I always add some sort of protein too. Usually organic grilled chicken, a hard boiled egg, salmon or nuts and seed. This also depends upon what I've got in the fridge. I love kale and cabbage for make-ahead salads because they don't get all mushy and wilted. This salad usually lasts 3 days or so in the fridge if I make a big batch to nosh on during the week.
Can a get a Holla for snack #2? Today I had asparagus and carrot sticks with guacamole. The secret is all in planning. When the empty fuel light comes on and if I don't plan my snacks, things can go a rye. Before I know it, I've eaten two bowls of cereal, 5 twizzlers and the ears off of a left over chocolate Easter bunny. Bah! Take my advice and PLAN your snacks!
I ended the day with a quinoa and chickpea salad (another recipe from Whole Foods) and placed some grilled salmon on top. My kiddos love salmon and tolerate quinoa so we all ate this together. Below I have a pic of the quinoa salad along with a green salad I had the next day for lunch. Our evening was crazy and I forgot to get a picture!
I hope this gives you some ideas and inspires you to take the time and plan some yummy healthy dishes.
Do you have some healthy favorite that you make a lot and your family likes? In the comments below, add to the inspiration and let us know!