24-hour food recall. Sometimes I do this just to look at what I ate during the day. From one day to the next, one meal to the next, I do not see much variation. This is something I have to work on—variety. I guess when it comes to food, I am somewhat of a creature of habit. Veggies (I have variety when it comes to my vegetables, I promise), beans, eggs, chicken, banana, seeds, repeat. I am on my own form of the Paleolithic diet. However, I do find ways to spice it up a bit.
One thing I will note, I am big into whole foods. I rarely use juices, and I never blend any meals. I am all about volume. A whole apple to me is much more satisfying than a half a cup of apple juice. More filling, and I find I eat less of it.
A typical clean meal…
Golden cherry tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli, summer squash, spinach, mushroom, snow peas, and kale. Then I sprinkled some chopped chicken, pink Mediterranean salt, and some of the fix-ins shown below.
Some of my own, natural, healthy additives…
As someone who does not eat sugar, I have to satisfy my sweet tooth in any way possible. Enter beets. These pretty purple plants offer a great flavor to any dish. I love them roasted or steamed, and I get them at Trader Joe’s.
It took me awhile to get comfortable with hot sauce. But now, I am an addict. I put it on just about everything…my eggs, my salads. For those of you who don’t like spicy, I recommend you start with something light, like a medium salsa, and work your way up to the spicy stuff. From what I hear, it helps boost the metabolism…at least for a little while after eating.
So tasty, and so many incredible health benefits.
I became aware of dill purely by accident. I was eating a salad with some spring mix in it, and I tasted something strong, yet flavorful. Not a typical response to greens. I asked my mom about it, and she introduced me to my new best friend dill. I absolutely love the taste and the smell. Sprinkle some dill on your meals! It’s great fresh.
Apple Cider Vinegar & Mustard
This mix is a staple in our home. A strong, demanding flavor that makes for a healthy alternative to most dressings.
Chipotle Pepper Hummus
I am sensing some themes here. One, Trader Joe’s. Two, spicy food. I love to have meals that clear the sinuses, obviously. This hummus is delicious, but any hummus is a great, wholesome option as a sandwich spread, dip, or salad topper. It can add up quickly, so be conscious.
Find a taste you love, and add it! I highly recommend exploring the herbs in your local supermarket. Ciao!