I’ve always been interested in health and wellness but I didn’t really get into it on my own until college. For me, I love knowing exactly how my body works and what’s in the food I’m using the fuel it. I’ve always been a nutrition and anatomy nerd, in fact, I wanted to be a nutritionist in high school. My deep dive into nutrition and wellness started when I was dealing with my anxiety in college. Healthy eating, exercise, and self care are now a huge part of my life and the difference is night and day. I’ve put together some tips from my everyday life for eating healthy. My advice would be to continue to make small changes to create a healthy lifestyle. ALSO – balance is everything so while most days I do these things there are also days where I eat out for every meal, don’t exercise, and binge drink. When you take the time to notice how much better you feel when you’re taking care of your body, you’ll be way more motivated to keep it up!
Smoothies pack a ton of nutrients and are easy to consume. A lot of times, I’ll make a double serving and save half in the fridge for later. It melts a little bit but the thick juice texture is just as nice as a just out of the blender smoothie.
- Frozen Fruit: I like to have a bunch of different frozen fruits in my freezer. I’ve noticed that the fruit bags rip or don’t stay closed so I just keep all my fruit in one gallon sized freezer zip block. It’s great because you don’t have to worry about freezer burn and you’re not taking 5 bags out of the freezer every time.
- When your fruit and veggies starts going bad, just throw it in the freezer for a smoothie later! I used to always have at least a couple bananas go bad on me but I’ve started putting them in the freezer as soon as they get too brown. Make sure to peel, cut, etc. so you can just throw them in the blender.
- Try herbs and aromatics! I love parsley, mint, cilantro, and ginger in my smoothies.
- I think everyone knows this one already with the whole green smoothie/juice craze but throwing greens in a smoothie is a great way to get more in your diet (and use them up before they go bad!)
- Nuts! I like to add a handful of walnuts for protein and healthy fats. I’m sure other nuts would be good too. I have a Ninja Professional blender so I’m not sure how well they’ll blend in a lower power blender – let me know if you try! (Kitchen Pro Tip: Buy your nuts from the bulk food section and keep them in your freezer. I don’t think nuts go bad too fast but the freezer will keep them fresh and that’s what they do on the Food Network lol)
- Lemon Cubes: I will blend a couple whole lemons with water and freeze in an ice cube tray. Lemon peels don’t taste great but there’s a lot of good nutrients in the peel. If you just put one or two lemon ice cubes in the smoothie you get the benefits and flavor without the overpowering taste of the peel. This is also a great thing to do with greens and herbs if they’re about to go bad.
I’ve been really into making bowls packed with goods for dinner. I love to cook but most nights I want something easy to throw together as opposed to making a whole meal. One of my 2017 resolutions was to eat more greens but I don’t really like eating salads all the time. I’ve found that if I top greens with something warm and have a good sauce, I’m much more satisfied. I’ve also been into using serving bowls as a personal bowl because you can pack them full of greens and still stir. Salads are also great for breakfast – greens, veggies, and top with an egg!
Spicy Coconut Sauce
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 tbs peanut butter
- couple splashes of Braggs ACV
- 2 tsps curry powder
- 1 tbs corn starch
- Sriracha to taste
- Salt & Pepper
Blend ingredients and store in an air tight container. I keep mine in a glass bottle and it has stayed good for about a month now.
- Take care of your gut! I drink warm lemon water, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, and take probiotics to keep my digestive system happy and filled with good bacteria.
- Tea. I have always loved tea but in the past couple years it’s really become more of an obsession. I drink green tea in the mornings, Detox tea when I’m hungover (it has dandelion and other liver supporting herbs), Echinacea when I’m feeling sick, and chamomile at night.
- Stay hydrated. It’s really easy to forget to drink water and I’m pretty bad at drinking it throughout the day. I’ll chug a glass when I remember to do so.