You are what you eat. Period. I dance all the time and don't want to feel weighed down by nasty food or an upset tummy. As a dancer I want to stay hydrated and feel good ALL the time. What I eat keeps me from getting sick, gives me energy, and prevents me from needing to take too many supplements. 95% of my diet is vegetables, fruits, and grains. 5% is animal protein. I rarely eat meat, and when I do it is fish. I am not very experienced at cooking fish it so really I only eat it when it is prepared for me. I eat salad multiple times a day! A close hoop sister of mine has asked me to please blog about what I eat on a daily basis. You got it! :) Here is my typical market list:
*VEGGIES: Seasonal. Right now there is a lot to choose from! Lettuces (so many delicious varieties available), spinach, beets, cucumbers, kale, chard, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, summer squash, carrots, sweet peppers, cabbage, jicima (pronounced hicama). Whatever else is available fresh! Broccoli, snap peas, etc.
*Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
*Green Drink Ingredients:
((Green Vibrance or Raw Food Powder by Garden of Life & Hemp Protein, Hemp Oil & Flax Oil))
*Raw Pumpkin Seeds
*Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown Coffee
*Yerba Mate Tea
*Sprouts (I like Fullei Fresh, Alfalfa, or Broccoli Sprouts)
*Seasonal Fruit: Apples, oranges, berries, mangoes, KIWI (good for asthma!) coconuts, Avocados are my favorite (this is one I have not limited to seasonal eating yet because I am still very obsessed. I am working towards it, though.)
*Organic 80%+ Dark Chocolate
*Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah)
*Gluten Free Oats
*Veganaise (Grapeseed Oil Vegan Friendly Mayo...delish!)
*Spices are everything! I love green, yellow, and red curries & Thai seasonings.
*Fresh Herbs: basil, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, etc.
*Locally made granola
Ok, well, these are my basics. Other things come up, I just can't think of them. As my creativity with cooking grows, so does my ingredient list. I am learning SO much each day. You may be looking at this list and thinking "What the fudge do I do with Quinoa? WHAT IS Quinoa?" Well, it is a grain and a complete protein. You boil it like rice, directions are on the box. You can let it cool and chop up fresh cucumber, cilantro and tomatoes in it, making a nice lil' salad. Or, eat it hot with steamed veggies.
My meals usually look like this throughout the day:
BREAKFAST: PROTEIN FIRST THING in the morning makes for less sugar cravings and a satisfied feeling throughout the day. Less snacking and more smiling:)
Green Drink:::: Fill a shaker or blender with the following:
*Almond Milk, 1 or 2 scoops Hemp Protein, 1 or 2 scoops Green Vibrance, 1Tbsp Hemp Oil and 1 Tbsp Flax Seed Oil. Also, if I am in the same location (as I travel) for more than one week I will use the raw almonds and SOAK them and put a handful of these in the blender drink.
(If I don't have a blender, I still like to soak the almonds to make them extra tasty on salads. I soak the pumpkin seeds, too!)
If you are feeling adventurous, need extra protein, and are not Vegan, I suggest throwing a raw egg in the green drink. You can't taste it. It even makes it a little creamier, I think.) NOTE: This may not taste all that great to you the first time you drink it! It won't taste bad, though. Your tongue might say "WTF?! Tastes like glorified Dirt." But, your body will say "OMG, THANKS!!!". A decent trade-off :) This drink provides me with protein, greens, good oils and fats, and a heck of a lot of energy as it doesn't weigh me down like a bagel with cream cheese might.
When I do not have my protein shake, I almost always make some sort of omelet. I cook it in coconut oil. I saute mushrooms, garlic, onions, peppers and whatever other veggies I have and the put them in in the omelet or scramble. I eat this with fresh greens and one piece of Ezekiel bread. As always, I dress the greens with good oils, sea salt and black pepper. Yum yum in my tum!
LUNCH: Usually a large salad consisting of colorful veggies and four or five sources of protein. So maybe this: Spinach, tomato, cucumber, peppers, mushrooms with (protein sources following--->) boiled egg, sprouts, soaked almonds, soaked seeds, and a little bean salad on the side or something. I dress it with Celtic sea salt, fresh ground pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Super. Duper. YUMMY. I feel like a rockstar for the rest of the day!
DINNER... is lighter and this is the time of day where I get my starches and more veggies. Steamed brown rice with lightly sauteed veggies that have simmered in coconut milk seasoned with some sort of curry is my favorite dinner. Very Eastern. I eat about 1/2 cup of rice and two handfuls of veggies. I eat lightly and do my best to NOT eat animal protein after 2 pm. It is hard for the body to digest. Starches (rice, polenta, hummus) are easily digested while the body is resting during sleepy time. I also like to eat this:
Sauteed polenta and eggplant layered on top of each other topped with sauteed garlic, mushrooms. (Polenta on bottom, then eggplant, then yummy mushrooms on top!) I eat this with fresh greens. I eat everything with fresh greens! It is WAY good for the digestive tract, as it pushes everything through, keeping you very regular which is the most important thing you can do for your body, really. Keeping your colon hydrated and clean is the key to health.
I like dessert! I only eat it sometimes. I LOVE COCONUT BLISS ICE CREAM. Enough said. I could eat the whole thing, but I only eat like, a fourth of it at a time. That is some serious self-control kids. I won't lie, one time I was feeling sad and sorry for myself and ate a whole pint of coconut bliss sitting on a bench overlooking the lake. I never once felt bad about it and never will :)
So this is just a very brief summary of my daily food intake. I DRINK ALMOST A GALLON OR MORE OF WATER A DAY. This keeps my hunger curbed (as thirst can often be confused in the brain for hunger), and keeps everything flowing as it should. I drink coffee and yerba mate tea. NO SODA, ever. Never, ever, EVER. I will post more on a special blog on hydration, as it is a VERY important issue!
Feel free to email me or comment with questions, suggestions, input and love. Health & Hoopiness to you, friends! <3