Like I said in my previous post, I'm not a nutritionist, a dietician or a doctor. I don't deem myself to be an "expert", by any means. I'm just a girl who loves to read, research and learn about food and the way it can help (or hinder) our bodies. These are just the foods I've found that work for me. They satisfy my hunger, nourish my body, keep me feeling good and help keep my weight down. I can only hope that the way I am eating now will only help as I age over the years to come.
Again-I AM human, y'all! The weekends are my time to let go a little...sip on a margarita or two...enjoy a little chips and salsa...drink a beer by the pool. I've found that as long as I eat clean during the week and eat kinda, sorta clean on the weekends, I still feel good and am able to maintain a healthy body weight. Note: by "letting go a little", I do not mean I veg out on burgers, fries, nachos and pizza during the weekend. I just mean I allow myself to live a little...take a bite of a piece of cake, actually enjoy a tortilla with my fajitas or, for God's sake, eat a piece of pita bread!
Ok. I'll shut up now. In no particular order:
- Veganaise (mayo substitute)
- Organic coconut oil
- Almond cheese (for all you trying to be dairy free, I LOVE this stuff!)
- Fresh salads
- Hummus (I LOVE Sabra's but here lately, I've been making my own!)
- Larabars (and more recently, QuestBars)
- Unsweetened almond milk (for recipes and protein shakes)
- Bell peppers
- 72% dark chocolate chips (to put my sweet tooth in check!)
- Organic sugar-free peanut and almond butter
- Organic cage-free eggs
- Coffee (a must!)
- Rolled oats (to use in recipes like this and protein shakes)
- Wine...to keep my sanity!
Of course, not pictured are the specific foods I'd have for whatever meals we have planned for the week. This is usually something along the lines of chicken, salmon, tilapia, shrimp, ground turkey, venison, lots of veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, onions, zucchini, asparagus, etc...), sweet potatoes...and so on.
Also not pictured (simply because I couldn't find the image in the program I was using) but I feel they are important to mention as they are definitely staples in my house:
- Earth Balance spread (soy-free, dairy-free butter substitute)
- Oat, almond and coconut flours (for recipes like this one)
- Terra & Lentil Chips
- Jay Robb Protein Powder (for protein shakes and some recipes)
- Erythritol (sugar alcohol sugar substitute)
I hope this helps you on your journey to leading a more healthy lifestyle! MANY of you had questions from yesterday's post so please feel free to leave them in the comments section below or shoot me an email at email@example.com. :)
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