I always like reading about what other bloggers are eating in a typical day. I think it’s similar to my love for watching HGTV shows like House Hunters – a little peek into their lives, and I’m often left inspired and wanting to put my own spin on whatever it is they’re doing.
I go through phases with my food, but since cutting out gluten and processed sugar, I’ve started to find a style of eating that’s both satisfying and makes me feel good physically. As in, not itchy from what I presume was a constant gluten rash and not craving sugar after every meal. Here’s an example of what I’ve been enjoying…
Lemon water. First thing in the morning, I drink anywhere from 16-32 oz. of filtered water with the juice of half a lemon. I used to struggle with drinking enough water during the day, but this is a new habit for me, and it sets the tone for my day, as silly as that may sound. The more water I drink, the more I want to drink it.
Organic green tea, usually with some mint tea thrown in the mix. I’m working towards drinking it plain, but for now, I love it with a little unsweetened almond milk and a few drops of stevia. I share this pot with Aaron in the morning and sip two big mugs while I check email and get started on whatever freelance work I have that day.
A massive green smoothie. The wine bottle is only for size comparison – promise! Some days I juice, but I find smoothies to be much more satisfying most of the time (probably because of the fiber). I throw in whatever we have in our produce drawers, but this one was particularly good: cucumber, carrot, 1/4 avocado (I love the texture this creates), a few big kale leaves, grapefruit, and a small apple. I add a couple of cups of water to thin it out and always enjoy it with a straw. It’s just more fun that way! I tend not to get hungry until 11am most mornings, and then this holds me over for at least a couple of hours after that.
Leftovers! If lunch isn’t a big salad, I heat up whatever leftovers we have in the fridge. I usually have conference calls scheduled in the afternoons and tend not to have much time to prep anything extravagant. Salads are also a little less appealing when it’s -14 outside. This lunch was awesome, in part because Aaron made it and I didn’t have to cook! He used a recipe from Clean Start with wild rice, lemon, fennel, dried plums, and chickpeas. I am now obsessed with wild rice and also dried plums.
Homemade kombucha. I haven’t completely squashed my sugar cravings, and kombucha is now my go-to treat mid-afternoon. I like to play around with the flavors, but blueberry is always on rotation.
Dinner is usually the meal I’ll spend the most time making, because it’s a chance for Aaron and I to catch up on our days. This was another new favorite from the Clean Start cookbook: French lentils, mushrooms, red onion, lemon, thyme, and parsley, served over roasted rutabaga and celery root. Extremely filling and I can also add celery root to my list of new favorite foods.
And dessert? I’ve been loving Dandy Blend mixed with a spoonful of raw cacao powder, almond milk, and vanilla stevia. I bet this will also be great served over ice in the summer.
What foods have you been enjoying? Any advice on satisfying a sweet tooth sans sugar? I find myself reaching for the almond butter more than usual…