It’s about time for another What I Ate Wednesday post!
Been wayyyy too long.
If you’ve been reading TGF for a while, then you know I eat a plant based vegan diet and have been for two years now. I stick to whole foods and avoid processed foods as much as possible. I also minimize oils (at least when I’m cooking at home) while being mindful about my fat intake; I do LOVE avocados though and have about 2 per week, as avocados are a whole food fat source rather than a extracted oil (such as olive oil). I don’t keep track of specifics and definitely don’t count calories… I would rather not stress about the numbers and prefer to listen to my body instead.
Eating this way works best for me but you may prefer to monitor your food intake a different way – there’s no wrong way to do it; we’re all trying to find our own path, right? The less restrictive and less stressful, the better. Not saying that it’s acceptable to eat vegan cupcakes all day long (!!) but it’s supposed to be a sustainable lifestyle for the long-term, so getting caught up in specifics isn’t worth the time or worry, at least for me. If you are new to the vegan lifestyle, I always recommend getting the Cronometer app – super helpful with keeping track of nutrients etc.
After sipping 24 ounces of filtered water with the juice from 1/2 of a lemon, I make a cup of coffee with a yummy splash of the Silk Almond Vanilla Flavored Creamer (a superfood coffee post coming soon ;)). After that I usually do emails or some blog work then make breakfast 30-45 minutes later or whenever I feel hungry. Listening to our bodies is so important! There are days when I’m starving right as I wake up and there are days when I don’t feel hungry until mid-morning. I don’t stress about it – just eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full.
So on this morning, I made a superfood smoothie to fuel a quick morning workout. Smoothies are perfect because you can pack in tons of greens and superfoods to kickstart your morning in the best way. My go-to smoothie for the past few months now is usually purple or gray, depending on the type of green I’m using. Similar to my Purple Power Smoothie Bowl, this had:
- 3 heaping cups of spinach
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 of a frozen pitaya pack
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (find here)
- 3 teaspoons hemp seeds (find here)