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be nice to yourself, dang it 🤨 // after watching an instagram story about how we (women) are quick to lift each other up but even quicker to cut ourselves down, I realized she was so right. we all need to treat ourselves like we would treat our best friend: applauding a hard work out, complimenting their cooking, being patient, being understanding. definitely not standing 1” away from the bathroom mirror and attacking every blackhead in sight... YOU GET THE IDEA. try to be mindful when this happens; when you catch yourself being a jerk. if you wouldn’t do or say it to your main homie, cut it out. for reals.
clean mean green machine ✳️ // I planned on bringing another serving of shepherd’s pie for lunch but after three meals of less-than-vibrant colors I decided to change my plans. made a big green smoothie at home, transported it in my @thenutribullet, and poured it into a bowl I brought from my cupboard to make it more enjoyable. in it: tons of frozen beet greens, a frozen banana, some frozen bloobs, almond milk, orange juice, hemp protein, flaxseed, and two dates. topped with @wildwayoflife grain-free banana nut granola! not pictured: spooning the rest of that weird squash concoction from last night directly into my face hole.
lmaoooo don’t even ask wtf this is 🥀 // at the market this weekend, I bought a little basket of varied squash. I don’t like squash. I have no idea why I bought the damn squash. so I literally googled, “how do you make squash taste good” and landed on croquettes. except the batter didn’t want to form, so they fell apart, and I kind of just cooked the batter into a hash? like grits, but squash-based? still technically whole30-compliant but I have no flippin’ clue okay... let’s just pretend this never happened. (side note: it may look like dog food but I actually succeeded in making it palatable so WHO KNOWS man. looks aren’t everything lolol.)
read your dang labels, people 🤦🏻♀️ // for a game night last weekend I was tasked with making sangria for the group. I needed dried cranberries for my tried-and-true recipe, so I grabbed these organic ones from the grocery store. my brain is still stuck on certain associations, like assuming organic = clean. wrongooo. these cranberries have organic dried cane syrup and organic sunflower oil in addition to the actual organic cranberries. lame! the sangria was a hit, but I have a bunch of cranberries left in the container I bought. I’m incapable of wasting food, so I’ll be mealing on these until they run out, but it’s a good reminder to keep an eye on ingredient lists.
ya girl figured out #whole30 shepherd’s pie 🙌🏼 // I’m a staunch recipe follower because I lack confidence in the kitchen. tonight I put full faith in myself and made something on the fly: a completely #whole30compliant shepherd’s pie! one of my favorite comfort foods. I boiled six small russet potatoes (peeled, cubed) in salted water until tender, drained them, then mashed with 1/3 cup almond milk, 3 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 tbsp extra light olive oil, 2 tbsp beef bone broth, sea salt and pepper. for the base, I browned 1 lb. ground beef in a tbsp of avocado oil, removed beef with a slotted spoon and set to the side. added 1 cup matchstick carrots, 1.5 cups shaved brussel sprouts, 1/4 diced red onion, 3 diced green onions, 1 tsp minced garlic and let cook until softened (five minutes or so). stirred in 2 tbsp ketchup, 3/4 cup bone broth, 1 tsp rosemary, a healthy dose of sea salt, and 1/2 tsp thyme then let simmer until thickened. added beef back to the skillet, mixed it all up, then layered mashed potatoes on top. sprinkled with parsley and baked for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. you have to let it cool about 15 minutes but MY GOD it’s so damn good. I’m zero-shame patting myself on the back for this one.
is this what they mean by a well-rounded meal? 💣// cooking your greens makes it insanely easy to eat a ton of them. between last night’s dinner and these leftovers at lunch I’ve eaten an entire bunch of rainbow chard in under 24 hours! we’ve also got a plain @canyonglutenfree bagel (toasted, obv) with plain @kitehillfoods cream cheese, @traderjoes EBTB seasoning, some lox and a lil bit of dried dill. lastly, a honeycrisp apple the size of my dang head. hope everyone is powering through their monday!
another new veggie in the books 💫 // at the market yesterday, one of the farmers recommended I grab some rainbow chard from this week’s harvest. I told him I had never bought it before, so he told me how to cook it! while some @chosenfoods avocado oil got hot in the pan with a little minced garlic and crushed red pepper, I stripped the leaves from the stems. I chopped the stems into small pieces and let them sauté in the oil mixture for a few minutes while I ribboned the leaves. added the greens to the skillet, turned the heat to medium low, put a lid on it, and let steam for five or six minutes. added about a tablespoon of @wholefoods lemon juice and a pinch of @traderjoes sea salt to finish it off. served on the side of my leftover north african chicken skillet from #whole30fastandeasy for the perfect dinner!
comfy cozy diner dish 💕// kept it simple this morning: three-egg veggie omelette with broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, and onions with a side of home fries. swapped out the usual toast for a side of bacon instead. I ate slowly and reflected on my yoga practice, which was zen af. during savasana, I was trying to quiet my brain and all of a sudden it launches into this internal monologue and I had this full, long, inner convo with myself about how I’m successfully being more gentle, gracious, and understanding toward yours truly. it was like my subconscious burst through and was like, “hey dude. just wanted to say I know you’ve been trying to be a little less hard on yourself and you’re kicking ass. keep it up.” it was bizarre, but in the best way. I guess sometimes you need that moment of silence to let those important thoughts bubble to the top!
sunday morning coffee grind 📚// this weekend has been all about balancing #selfcare with productivity. no reason you can’t do both at the same time! I knew I had to wake up and study, but I decided to treat myself to a coffee at my favorite cafe to do so. I knew I should move my body, so I treated myself to a $5 community yoga class nearby. just tried a new (to us) breakfast spot with the bf, and now I’m taking my textbook back out to the pool. later, cleaning and meal prep will be spiced up with podcasts and a bomb edm playlist. there’s absolutely no reason your “chores” have to feel as such, dudes! try to figure out how to inject fun where you can.
eat your greens, peeps 🥒// in my last post, I mentioned getting a salad from my favorite food truck. can’t leave you guys hanging on what it looked like (or more importantly: what was in it)! everything is sourced from local farms and made to order. we’ve got spinach, romaine, carrots, dried cranberries, cabbage, cukes, red bell pepper, sliced almonds, and freshly made dairy-free tuna salad with their own balsamic vinaigrette. pro tip: don’t ever be nervous about asking for modifications. they had a “super tuna wrap” on the specials board, and when I asked for it to come as a salad instead, it was zero problem. all the flavor with no belly bloat from the wheat tortilla wrap is a win in my book.
it’s important to date yourself 🖤 // yesterday was our most important work event of the entire year. I spent nearly twelve hours mingling with visitors, advising students, putting out fires, solving logistics problems, and directing guests all while maintaining an upbeat, cheery attitude. as an introvert, and a realist, none of that comes naturally to me and it takes a physical toll. I woke up this morning feeling fluish from the mental stress I was under. I opted to skip the gym and take myself out for an epic morning date to let my brain reset and recharge. got this nitro cold brew at the farmer’s market before picking up some local produce and goods from vendors. tried on some cute outfits at target. picked up a salad from my favorite food truck. finally got myself a library card. and now I’m taking my textbook to my neighborhood pool to get some vitamin D while I study. self care isn’t only for sundays, people! listen to your body when it’s telling you to slow your roll.
I haven’t been this excited for a meal in a long time 🎉// since giving up dairy, it’s been bizarre noticing what things I miss and what things I don’t. I thought I’d die without greek yogurt, but it was no big thang. bagels and cream cheese though? every so often I get this NEED. I didn’t even eat them very often before. who knows, man - the human body is a mystery. but thanks to @canyonglutenfree and @kitehillfoods my hankering is being attended to this evening. plain gluten-free bagel, plain non-dairy cream cheese, smoked salmon, two eggs, and of courseeeee THE one and only seasoning. you know the one. not pictured: the lil smoothie I made to be sure to work some greens into this dinner!
meal prep is a no-brainer 💡// meal prep can look different for everyone. for some, it’s reverse-shopping their pantry and fridge. for others, it’s making big batches of solo ingredients that they can mix and match throughout the week. some may just need to write down what night they will cook and what nights they have other obligations. however you do it (and there’s so many ways, for real) I promise it’ll take some stress out of everything else you need to be spending time on. any sort of preparation around meals, whether it’s a written weekly plan or actual cooking, will help! what’s your favorite meal prep hack?
at-home date night this evening 🤗 // tried my hand at the north african chicken skillet #whole30fastandeasy recipe tonight. buying pre-spiralized sweet potato noodles was key in making this a super low-maintenance meal. the flavors in this dish are all over the place but man do they work well together: cinnamon, paprika, chicken, sweet potato, dates, parsley, tomatoes, orange juice, onion, olive oil, salt, and toasted almonds. this was so flippin’ good, dudes! if you have the cookbook, make this a priority. like, now.
I’m kicking this week in the face 🤸🏻♀️// this is today’s mantra. even though I’ve been in a shitstorm of busy thanks to grad school and work, I’ve still found pockets of time to clean the house, meal prep, hit the gym, and even read. thanks to @realfoodwholelife I’ve started treating these things as self-care gifts to myself instead of chores or to-do list items, and that simple reframe makes a world of difference. I deserve to have a gleaming kitchen. I deserve to have prepared, nourishing foods I can grab on my way out the door. I deserve the endorphins I get when I move my body. and I sure as hell deserve to put my phone away and sneak a couple chapters of a book when it’s all done.
brb diving face first into this 🏊🏻♀️ // it’s been a while since I cracked open my copy of #whole30fastandeasy, so I decided on a couple recipes this week. first up is this thai chicken and brussel sprout skillet. extra virgin olive oil, thinly sliced @butcher_box chicken breast, @traderjoes sea salt and shallots, @publix matchstick carrots, shaved brussel sprouts, and a homemade asian citrus dressing. it’s been forever since I’ve had an excuse to use my coconut aminos and this hit. the. spot.
just what I need on this drizzly day ☔️ // hey hey, beautiful humans! after polling you guys last night, I’ve changed my account name to dairyfree_b. I try to eat #whole30 as much as possible, but the one thing that’s truly constant in my diet is avoiding dairy, so I thought this fit a little better. it’s a dreary day in my part of florida, so this warm bowl of jammy egg goodness is giving me life right now. hope everyone is having an awesome tuesday!
really out of my comfort zone here 👽// work is paying for dinner again, so I went back to the vegan cafe and decided to try a completely raw meal: the sante fe burger. an open-faced mushroom-nut burger served over sprouts and sliced tomato topped with guacamole, salsa, “mexi-cheese,” served with a house salad and two dehydrated corn tortilla chips. it was... fine. not bad! but not great. I’ve eaten all sorts of meatless burgers, but it was the temperature that threw me off. I like digging into a plate full of warm goodness, and the room-temperatureness made me feel like it had been sitting out for a long time (even though it hadn’t). overall, glad I branched out and it really was flavorful, but I’ll def. be sticking to cooked food!