Welcome to What I Ate Wednesday! I wanted to add this section because most days I’m not cooking a full-on recipe for every meal. I’m often eating leftovers, using my slow cooker, or just throwing together random combos that are super simple but super tasty. When switching to a more clean diet, I think a lot of people feel like they need to be making in depth recipes for every meal, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I think eating clean is probably the simplest way to eat. It doesn’t even need to involve recipe planning or cooking if you don’t want it to! 90% of the time my lunches are just a bowls for of random greens, veggies, and protein that I throw together from my fridge.
My hope for What I Ate Wednesday is to show you what a typical paleo/clean diet looks like, and give you some super quick and simple recipes that I eat. I do not want it to be a means of comparison – just because I eat 1/2 cup yogurt, doesn’t mean that you should only eat 1/2 cup yogurt. We all have different bodies and different needs that should be celebrated and embraced, rather than trying to force ourselves to conform to the same diet of others.
Additionally, you may see foods in this section that aren’t paleo. I eat paleo 99% of the time because it is what keeps me feeling my best. I don’t eat paleo because I want to lose weight or conform to a group of people or fad. I Eat paleo because at it’s core, the paleo diet aims to reduce overall inflammation int he body by removing foods that our systems aren’t really able to handle (grains, legumes, dairy, soy, gluten, processed sugar, etc). This doesn’t mean that everyone can’t eat legumes or grains – a lot of people eat them and thrive on them. But a lot of people also notice a huges difference in their digestion and overall health when they remove these, because their bodies are no longer constantly inflamed. THIS is why I eat paleo – it makes me feel good. But eating occasional gluten free bread, rice, baked goods, etc also makes me feel good in a mental/emotional/social sense. So I do not 100% deprive myself of those foods – I eat them sparingly to still enjoy life in BALANCE, without throwing my body out of whack 🙂
These meals are actually what I ate on Monday this week. I like to post in the mornings, so my WIAW will most likely be Monday or Tuesday’s meals!
I started my day with 12 oz warm water + the rest of this ginger turmeric shot mixed in. This sh*t so was spicy, I could not handle it on its own. Even diluted in water my eyes were watering.
While I sipped on my spicy a** water, I made my breakfast. This morning I decided to make a Perfect Fit protein waffle, but modified it a bit. I topped my waffle with 1/2 banana, 2 sliced strawberries, a few chia seeds, and about 2 Tbsp coconut yogurt.
After breakfast, I made myself a mug of bulletproof matcha before starting work. I’ll post my recipe for this soon 🙂 I use Teavana organic matcha, it’s my favorite that I’ve found so far – not super bitter, great flavor. I also added some ashwaghanda to this cup.
Later this morning I used my lunch break to go to Alchemy for a pretty fricken brutal workout with Ashley (Hungry Girl Fitness). Needless to say I was STARVING afterwards, so I made a big lunch of 2 wraps and some carrots.
Wrap #1: Siete Foods cassava tortilla, 2 Tbsp Better Bean Co. cuban beans, 3 slices Trader Joes smoked turkey, 1/4 avocado, handful of mixed greens.
Wrap #2: Siete Foods cassava tortilla, 3 slices Trader Joes smoked turkey, 2 slices strawberries, 1/4 avocado, small drizzle of honey, handful of mixed greens.
After lunch and before I headed to the office for the rest of the day, I started a big pot of chili in my slow cooker for dinner(see below…)
After work, I made myself a super simple snack of celery + 2 Tbsp Trader Joe’s mixed nut butter. You guys, this stuff is seriously crack. I can’t get enough of it. Plus it’s super runny (which I love) so it’s super easy to drizzle over everything! How many more times can I use the word super?
Then for dinner I had a bowl of Juli Bauer’s Buffalo Chicken Chili. I altered it a bit by using ground turkey instead of chicken because that’s all I had, 1/2 the sweet potato, and added bell peppers! I also only used 1/2 the hot sauce cause that girl likes her shiz spiiiiiicy and I can’t handle it. I topped mine with a drizzle of Primal Kitchen Ranch + a few crumbled Simple Mills sea salt crackers.