Hi everyone! I apologize for my lack of blog posts lately; school keeps me very busy! Now that I am on December break I have a second to breathe. I am excited to have these few weeks off to relax and not have to worry about any school work.
I have found that one of the most common questions I am asked is “what do you eat in a day?” To fulfill everyone’s curiosity, I am going to start a new segment on my blog called “What I Ate Today”! Stay tuned for my weekly posts!
When I first woke-up I drank a glass of water. It is very important to hydrate in the morning. This starts your metabolism, wakes up your cells, and prevents dehydration.
I started my day with a smoothie from one of my favorite places called Naked Fuel. Naked Fuel is a trendy, health-conscious juice bar in West Bloomfield. Everything they offer is dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar free. I ordered the “creamsicle” smoothie which has orange, pineapple, mango, and almond milk. I asked them to add spinach, gotta get your greens people! I typically make my own smoothies at home but I had a gift card from my mama that I was very excited to take advantage of.
For lunch I made a salad with chopped romaine lettuce, steamed zucchini, quinoa, chickpeas, tomatoes and sprinkled nutritional yeast on top. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that has a cheesy, nutty flavor and is abundant in b vitamins (I literally put it on everything). I made a homemade dressing with balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, pepper, and a drop of olive oil. I usually do not use oil when I cook but once in a while I have it in a salad dressing.
For those of you who didn’t know this about me, I am an obsessive tea drinker. I love, love, love tea. Before meals or in the morning I will most likely be drinking green tea, and after meals I will typically have peppermint tea to ease digestion. My other favorites include vanilla chamomile, raspberry, and dandelion root tea. Starbucks has two of my all time favorite teas which are “Youthberry” and “Jade Citrus Mint” made by Teavana.
Aside from green tea, I stick to drinking caffeine-free, herbal teas. Each kind of herbal tea has unique benefits and serves a different purpose. For example, ginger and peppermint teas can be used to ease digestion and reduce nausea, while chamomile tea is more of a calming, sedative tea that can be very helpful for insomnia. I love dandelion tea due to its cleansing properties. Dandelion will help the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity.
However, this afternoon I changed it up a bit and sipped on some Yogi brand, lemon ginger tea. I added a little agave: an all natural, low glycemic sweetener. Agave is a great alternative to honey as it tastes similar but is cruelty-free! A few hours after lunch I enjoyed a ripe juicy mango, a pear, and a handful of pistachios.
For dinner tonight I went to Chive Kitchen, a cute all vegan restaurant in downtown Farmington and got a Mexican style bowl that had roasted zucchini ribbons, pinto beans, brown rice, lettuce, salsa, cashew sour cream, and toasted pumpkin seeds! So yum! I might have also had a few bites of some banana espresso cake.
***Keep in mind that I usually am cooking more than I eat out at restaurants!
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