6:00 am – large glass of lemon water
I’ve started filling a 2L pitcher with water every morning and squeezing the juice of a full lemon in it. I’m finding it’s so much easier to actually want to drink water during the day when it has a little lemon in it. The lemon also helps to alkalize the body, provides vitamin C and has cleansing properties.
7:00 – Coffee and Peanut Butter Bar
I’m actually looking forward to the fact that the 7 Day Cleanse I will be doing will force me to add more variety into my morning and switch up my coffee and pb bar habit. I find coffee can really spike my blood sugar and then make me jittery so I always make sure that I have it with food and now I do 1/2 decaf. When I have those blood sugar spikes I end up binging on carbs and then its a cycle of spikes and drops throughout the day.
10:00 – Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie (yes, I said cauliflower)
I tried adding cauliflower to my smoothie for the first time. I had been reading of others doing that. So I added about a 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflower. I also added 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tsp coconut oil and almond milk. Note: adding a little fat to your smoothie helps you to absorb the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables. It also lowers the glycemic load and therefor minimizes a rise and fall in blood sugar. The anti-oxidant power of the blueberries are amazing cancer fighters as well as helping you to have youthful looking skin. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable. This family of vegetables is arguably one of the most important for good health. If you have a hypothyroid condition you want to be cautious
12:00 Gluten Free Salmon Sandwich with Kimchi
I try not to eat gluten free bread too often. I love this flat bread from Superstore (I found it in the freezer of the natural food section). It tastes like regular bread, it makes for a good pizza crust or for a sandwich. I keep it in the freezer, cut and pop in the toaster. One the sandwich I put canned salmon, avocado slices, pickles and red onion. Then I had a bowl of kimchi for its probiotics. Kimchi is made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbages and Korean radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlic and ginger.
2:30 Coffee and Homemade Mint Chocolate Bar
I make my usual homemade larabar recipe but add in a drop of peppermint essential oil and some cocoa. And it really is only 5 minutes to make. We had my in-laws over and I wanted something sweet to go with our coffee. So I put the coffee on and made the bars. They were ready by the time the coffee was ready.
Mint Chocolate Bar
1 cup dates (I like parnoosh or medjool)
1 cup walnuts (or any nut)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1-2 drops of pure peppermint essential oil (or extract)
Chocolate chips (as much or little as you like)
Dash of salt (optional)
4:00 – Fruit Salad
I’m loving that fruit is not crazy expensive anymore. And this was the perfect afternoon snack while we played in the sunshine. I threw in 3 forks and we all shared.
I’m also loving the burrito bowls lately. I did a chicken fajita style one last week when my parents were over and this one when my in-laws were over. Jason does the barbecuing and I do the chopping. I have a huge decorative platter that actually works perfectly for these dishes. Then everyone can scoop up whatever they’d like. I love how pretty it looks arranged like this versus just all mixed together. This is a recipe I will make again!
Evening Snack will likely be a thick Chunky Monkey Smoothie (banaa, pb, cocoa, almond milk, ice) and maybe a few Mary’s Seed Crackers.
What healthy recipes are you loving lately?
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