As most of you know, I am a very clean eater (except for fries, gotta have my weekly fries). I believe that my health is based on the 70/30 rule- 70% what you eat and 30% exercise. You might also know that I have quite a few allergies, the primary ones being to gluten and dairy. I actually get extremely sick when I eat gluten so it’s especially a no-go. Reference my YouTube video on that for more of the gory details. Regardless of my essential dietary needs, I still believe that everyone can benefit from diet similar to mine. So due to popular request, I’m going to give an overview of what I eat in a day to. With that, here’s a typical Monday:
Water. Start your day off with an 8oz glass of water before you do anything else. Enough said!
Breakfast. I am all about my smoothies. They not only taste delicious, but can also provide you with most of the nutrients you need to get you through the day. Plus, smoothies are super easy if you have the right blender. Personally, I’ve been using an off-brand version of the NutriBullet my mother-in-law got me for Christmas that works just as well. Here’s my concoction:
- 2 ice cubes
- ½ of a banana
- Organic, pre-washed kale (load up on these bad boys!)
- Dole frozen fruit (I switch the type of fruit up daily)
- 1 scoop of Vega Protein & Greens (this is my favorite dairy-free, gluten-free protein mix- it has 20g’s of protein which is pretty great for a plant-based powder)
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Chia seeds
- 1 tbsp of natural honey-flavored peanut butter
Super easy and delicious. You're going to get tons of your micro-nutrients with just enough macros to kick-start your day. I'll often eat cooked egg whites too for a little added protein... not in the shake of course.
Almonds. Yes, they are there own category and I’m always strapped with ‘em (car, purse, office, you name it). I’ll eat 10-12 as a quick snack in between meals, especially since there are not tons of calories in my breakfast and almonds are packed with healthy fats and antioxidants.
Lunch. I always leave myself some options here and strongly believe in the power of meal-prepping. I use LIFT meal-prep containers linked here. My go-to is a grilled chicken breast seasoned with pink Himalayan salt, brown rice cooked with garlic, and a grilled veggie. Here’s some other options:
- Leftover lean beef dairy-free tacos- my personal favorite. I buy fresh beef that is 96% fat-free and season it with El Paso taco seasoning (it’s gluten-free and most of them are not). I also use Go Veggie shredded cheese which is a dairy- and lactose-free cheese.
- Anything that involves spaghetti squash which is usually also leftover. Spaghetti squash has barely any calories or carbohydrates compared to traditional pasta and is also gluten-free of course. Here’s a great dish- make sure to use a dairy-free Greek yogurt and cheeses!
Almonds. Yes, more almonds. I also like the Omega 3 nut mixes you can find at your local grocery store if you need to switch it up. Here’s the actual product I buy. Eat a fruit or veggie too in between meals.
Dinner. Well guys, this is where I am always most tested because I’m usually either eating whatever I’m meal-prepping or Chipotle suddenly becomes my best friend. Reference the above leftovers for more on my dinner. For real though, this girl’s gotta hustle and that usually means carry-out. But here’s my Chipotle order for those of you who are just as addicted:
- Brown rice
- Black beans
- Grilled chicken
- Mild salsa
- NO SOUR CREAM OR CHEESE! They add tons of empty calories and are obviously dairy products.
I hope this brief overview of my daily diet helps you out a bit! Always remember that it's okay to cheat a little here and there. You only live once and fries are pretty awesome.
- Ariel Ann