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What I Eat in a Day | High Protein Vegetarian

I’ve done What I Eat in a Day posts in the past, but since my eating habits continually shift, I thought I’d check back in and share an update. After playing with counting macros last year and trying the Tone It Up Challenge earlier this year, I’ve settled into a high protein, plant-based diet in recent months.

My diet and lifestyle have shifted dramatically over the last ten or so years since I first started getting interested in health and nutrition. There were periods where I didn’t workout, whereas now I workout once or twice a day. There were periods where I was fully vegan, fully raw, and fully paleo.

What I’ve learned with all of my trials, and a few errors, is that every body needs something different to fuel it. And, what your body needs may shift from day-to-day. With such a high level of activity these days, plus a super sensitive digestive system, I’ve settled on a diet that definitely can’t be described in one word. Or even a complete sentence.

I’d call my diet – Wait for it – Plant-based, high protein, gluten-free, and lactose-free with an emphasis on whole foods. I try to limit my processed food intake and focus on fresh produce and plant-based protein.

So, without further ado, here’s my high protein vegetarian variation on What I Eat in a Day!

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What’s YOUR favorite meal? Do you have something you look forward to eating all day?

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June Favorites: Healthy Recipes

June was a hectic month with lots of weekends away and that always means getting creative in the kitchen in order to make quick, healthy recipes. I hate not getting enough kitchen time and start to feel frustrated if I don’t have time for my weekly meal prep. I’ve found that the key is to find simple, quick recipes that are healthy but satisfying.

Here were a few favorites for June {you can also find them on Instragram & Snapchat!}

Veggie Stir Fry:

I keep bags of mixed veggies in the freezer at all times – They’re a LIFESAVER on busy days since you can get a dinner ready in under 10 minutes with no preparation. Add spices or a bottled sauce like Soyaki, plus tofu or chicken, and you’re done – Easy peasy.

Protein Pancakes:

3 ingredients, easy substitutions, and a quick turn around all make these babies a go-to for crazy weeks. I like to make them during Sunday meal prep and eat them after my midday workout. But I’ve also been known to eat them for dinner.

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Tomato & Bean Salad:

This is my go-to Summer salad. Light, delicious, and – Bonus – It lasts a few days in the fridge! This is another easy-to-substitute recipe. You can add whatever veggies or beans you happen to have when you start cooking. Check out the recipe here.

Peanut Butter Muffins:

Another of my favorite delicious, sweet, healthy recipes, that I love to make on a weekly basis. Theses muffins are the perfect pre/post-workout snack or dessert. You could also make a more decadent version simply by adding chocolate chips or raw cacao powder to the batter.

Avocado Green Goddess Salad:

I am OBSESSED with avocados right now. I’ve been making the salad dressing from this taco salad at least twice a week. It’s delicious and filled with healthy fats and nutrients. Plus it’s really filling and is delicious on any kind of salad!

 

Missed out on some of my previous favorites posts?

Check out my January Favorites, February Favorites, March Favorites: Healthy Junk Food, April Favorites: Workout Gear & May Favorites: New Skin Care Products.

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Eat This Not That | Breakfast Edition

After sharing my top five favorite healthy food swaps in the first edition of Eat This Not That, I’m back to share a special list of breakfast-related suggestions.

Have a favorite go-to breakfast that you want to amp up? Not sure if you’re making the best choice for your body first thing in the morning? I’m here for you!

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Eat This Not That Tips – Healthy Breakfast Swaps

  1. Eat your {high fiber} cereal with no/low-sugar Greek yogurt instead of milk. It’ll keep you full longer and offers a serious dose of healthy fats.
  2. Do you have a granola habit? You could be giving yourself too much sugar first thing in the am. Try swapping your granola for oatmeal made with whole oats. Add berries and chia seeds for bonus points! {Need some ideas to spice up your oatmeal? I’ve got you covered – Heart Breakfast Oatmeal & Coconut Chia Overnight Oats}
  3. If you’re a bread lover and usually reach for a bagel to break your fast – Either trade it in for two slices of Ezekiel bread or try hollowing out your bagel. Yep, you read that right. You can scoop the bready centers out of the bagel and fill with sliced hardboiled eggs and avocado for a delicious, healthy, filling breakfast.
  4. Are you regularly having an orange, apple, or pineapple juice in the morning? You can swap it out for a whole piece of fruit, which I talked about in the first Eat This Not That post. OR you can whip up a water bottle or pitcher filled with infused water. Add chunks of fruit, mint, ginger, or whatever you’re craving to your mixture for a tasty, hydrating start to the day.
  5. Would you consider yourself a sugar junkie? Are you not fully awake or ready to tackle the day until you have a pastry or sugar-filled coffee drink in the morning? You can cut waaaay back on the sugar and make yourself a tasty banana-based pancake instead. Banana, protein power, and either eggs or egg whites. Don’t eat eggs? Swap them out for a flax or chia seed egg as a binding agent. Et voila.

Do YOU have a favorite breakfast? How would you make it healthier?

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Race Training: What I Eat on Training Days

Training for a race is a lot of work – Running, cross training, recovering, keeping yourself healthy, and – My favorite part – Fueling your body.

As I talked about in my Race Training for the Injured post – I love running, but due to my chronic injuries, I’m not able to follow a standard training program.

Even with only one run a week in my program, I’m still working very hard in preparation for my next race, and fueling my body with whole foods. And plenty of them.

My diet right now is decently high in carbs and fat, and really high in protein. A challenge with a vegetarian diet, but not impossible.

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Here’s a peek into what I’ll eat on a standard running day.

  • 7am – Coffee or tea & half of a No Cow Bar
  • 8am – Head out for a run w/ the other half of the No Cow Bar in the pocket of my running tights
  • 10am – As soon as I’m home from my run I’ll make a quick smoothie
  • 11am – After the quick hit of carbs and protein from the smoothie, I’ll make something more substantial like a veggie scramble. High in protein, fiber, vitamins & minerals
  • 2pm – Pasta made with zucchini noodles and chopped veggies & tomatoes
  • 5:30pm – A large salad or roasted vegetables with a veggie burger on the side
  • 7pm – Bedtime snack of apples or rice cakes with Fluffbutter

What do YOU eat on training days? How do you fuel your runs?

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Three Simple Clean Eating Tips

Clean eating means different things to different people. But regardless of your diet, it’s always a good idea to try to clean things up and keep your body well-fueled with a healthy diet.

I’m not hear to convert you to veganism or to try to change your mind about what you’re putting in your body. My goal with these clean eating tips are to show you how small changes can help you make strides in your health journey.

Cut Processed Foods:

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’re probably not going to meet your weight or healthy living goals by eating takeout, microwave meals, or processed “food” filled with sugar, salt, dyes, and chemicals.

Start small, definitely, but you should start!

Step one – Try switching out those highly processed products for fresh, whole foods. Check out my new Eat This Not That series for some tips on how to make some healthy swaps.

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{Crackling Cauliflower – Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Read Labels:

There are some packaged foods that a clean eater can still rely on – Certain protein powders, protein bars, grains, veggie burgers, and other minimally processed health-oriented products.

So how do you know whether it’s a good idea to eat a particular packaged item?

Read the label!

Are there a million ingredients? Are you unable to pronounce any of the chemical additives? Is the first ingredient cane sugar? Those are all ways to clue yourself in that an item isn’t going to be the best choice. A small number of whole food ingredients is what you should look for on the label of an acceptable packaged food item.

Cook:

Making your own food at home {or in your office, or dorm, wherever} is important to meet your goals. You want to start with fresh produce and whole foods – But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple salads, stir fries, or tray bakes can be quick, easy, and satisfying.

Try to formulate a meal around hitting the following items: (1) Produce – Fresh is better, but frozen is better than nothing! (2) Protein – Meats, eggs, beans, seeds, lentils, tofu, or veggie burgers. (3) Whole Grains – Brown rice, quinoa, Ezekiel bread, amaranth etc.

There are a million options and combinations – Just try to hit those three groups, add some seasoning {spices are better than pre-made sauces, but if you try a bottled sauce be sure to check the ingredients}, and eat raw or cook to your liking.

And I promise you, by following these three tips you can dramatically change your lifestyle and start meeting your goals.

What do YOU think of these tips? Are these changes you can implement?

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