I don’t think I am alone, in having a curious appetite, in regards as to what people are eating.
When I created my Instagram, the sole intention was to document my progress and join the community of health and fitness. Naturally, photos of my food were uploaded and I could compare my habits to others, with similar goals.
Unfortunately, ‘clean eating’, abrupted into ‘dangerous eating’; people use their social sites to almost brag about their nutrition. I am hoping this post does not make you feel guilty, or make you worry about your own habits. I try to keep a good balance – some days are far healthier than others. For anyone looking for healthy food/meal inspirations, I will mention some tips and things which I like to do.
The first thing I do, is squeeze a lemon, add a few drops of apple cider vinegar and blend with water. If you are new to the vinegar, only add the tiniest amount to your drink.
Porridge/oatmeal, has been a daily staple in my life, since I was a child. Back then, my mother used to coat my oats in refined sugar and layers of milk. Nowadays however, my tastebuds have accommodated to: oat milk, mango or banana, dessicated coconut and pumpkin seeds.
If I have to be up super early, I will make overnight oats. I have a blog post on ‘6 ways to eat oats’ which you can read here.
Pumpkin seeds are full of protein amongst other incredible benefits and add a really nice crunch. Also great for salads and well…anything. Dessicated coconut adds a nice sweetness without the use of sugar. Oat milk is super sweet (it contains the same sugar levels as almond), so I recommend for anyone who likes their porridge, on the other side of savoury.
Everyday, I drink a smoothie. This was documented on Sunday, so I could leisurely make one. Other times, I have had to of made it the night before, or super quickly in the morning.
Smoothies wake me up with energy. Generally, I go for green, because you can sneak in handfuls of spinach and cucumber, without affecting the taste. This one also contained a handful of grapes, a peach and passion fruit.
I did a blog post on smoothie making. I suggest you look for strong tasting fruits. Pineapple, mango, passion fruit etc, have a stronger taste, than blueberries or raspberries. If you wanted to add veg to your smoothie, try and include some good, exotic fruit – usually bursting full of flavour.
In my lazy attempt for a salad, I greeted my pasta with a bunch of raw spinach and dried seaweed. Apple cyder slightly drizzled, is a nice alternative to salad dressing.
I have these baby bowls, which I use for snacks. I mixed pistachio nuts with cashew.
I previously despised salads. That was until, I ignored the set salads menus and started to put together, all the foods that I actually like to eat.
Sweet potato wedges are my go-to. I slice them, cover them in olive oil and generously mix them with paprika and basal. I always cook for 23mins.
I started this salad with a bed of raw spinach. I then added the sweet potatoes with lentils (I microwave tinned lentils and keep them in the fridge for a few days), followed by layering olives, beetroot and dried seaweed.
Dried seaweed has recently been added to my diet. It is high in Omega-3 and has many nutrients, that are really beneficial for vegans.
By this point, my sugar cravings have kicked in. I will either go for a selection of fruit, or make a fruit pot. I highly advise you, to check out my ‘healthy indulgences’ post, where I found a recipe for a delicious mango smoothie pudding. For the post, click here.
This yoghurt bowl I made, is natural Greek yoghurt with mango slices and a square of melted, dark chocolate. I took the opportunity to add to my daily intake, of pumpkin seeds and desiccated coconut.
If you use yoghurt, try and avoid the fat-free versions and instead, look for 100% yoghurt.
Lately, I have been trying to eat more plant-based. This dinner was harissa and lemon flavoured tofu, grilled broccoli and quinoa. If you would have showed me this meal last year, I would have laughed and declared myself, to never eat such bland food. However, the spices and tofu sauce, really made this dish superb.
Throughout the day, I try to drink plenty of water. I always keep water within close reach, otherwise I can forget.
As a disclaimer, this is only one day. Some days are healthier than others.