Julia Child once said, "The people who love to eat are the best people." This is why I love her. I love intelligent conversation over fantastic food. I own a copy of Julie and Julia and it makes me hungry every time I watch it. For my birthday this year I would love a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. However, eating food soaked in cream and butter every day just is not healthy. So I decided I really wanted to eat healthier. I typically eat pretty healthy, but I wanted to be more purposeful about it. This
was about two months ago. I have really stuck to it. I was thinking the other day that without actually intending to, I have become more of a vegan or raw food person. I love meat, but my body just can't process it very well if I have it every day or for every meal. One of Bob Harper's Skinny Rules is to eat protein with every meal or starve. I have started implementing this and it has made a world of difference. I make sure I get the proper amount of protein through beans, avocados, etc. I am loving this new meal plan I am on. I love the way my food tastes; I get to be creative with it; and it looks beautiful! For two months I have had "green" smoothies for breakfast. This consists of 2-3 ice cubes, almond milk, strawberries, bananas, fruity Greek yogurt, fresh baby spinach leaves, and honey. You cannot taste the spinach and it is a great way to get more leafy greens into your diet. I look forward to changing up my smoothies and playing with all of the different flavor combinations. Sometimes I add blueberries; this morning I added fresh mango. I cannot wait every morning to make my smoothie. It tastes wonderful and it is so good for me.
For lunch I always have a salad. Not your sorry little salad with lettuce, shredded cheese, some croutons, and dressing. I am talking about a protein packed salad that will keep me full until dinner time. I use romaine lettuce, smoked sun dried tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, mushrooms, black beans, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, avocado, and whatever else I have on hand. I keep a wide variety of fresh produce and protein options on hand so I can have more options when I make my salad and it won't get boring. At dinner I might have some sort of meat, but not go overboard. Healthy in content and portion size.Tonight I had vegan chili (for the most part- it had a sprinkling of cheese on it). It was extremely filling and it tasted fabulous. I keep asking myself, "What happened to me?". I have turned into a health nut without realizing it! I am kind of liking this new me and proud of the progress I have made. Not only are these options healthy in terms of nutrients, they can also build up your immune system, and help you lose weight. I am posting pictures of my meals today so you can see for yourself how colorful and delicious they look. I am thinking about adding some protein powder to my smoothies in the morning. If anyone has any recommendations I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!