Something I get asked a lot is “What do you eat?” Fair enough, because I do have a lot of food restrictions! If you’ve followed me for a little while now, you know that last summer I saw a bio-magnetic doctor (a little different than usual… haha) and it changed my life. I found out reasons for a lot of issues and sickness I have had my whole life, and things have slowly but surely been getting better. A huge part of the healing for me has been changing my diet up even more than I did 4 years ago when I was told not to eat gluten.
The state of your gut is seriously going to dictate how the rest of your body is.
So what are my go-to foods and snacks? I have picked my top 5 for you below!
1. Dark meat chicken (thighs and drumsticks): Listen, dark chicken meat has gotten the short end of the stick in nutrition, but I am here to say BUMP THAT. We eat thighs and drumsticks almost every single day in our house for lunch and/or dinner. It’s only 10 calories more per serving than white chicken breast, stores way better as left-overs (so for meal prep, etc., it’s much better), and it just tastes juicier and tastier. Ten calories more and significantly better? Yes please.
2. Boom Chicka Pop: This is my go-to afternoon snack. I eat a serving of it for just 120 calories, and it satisfies my sweet tooth around 2 PM every day. I love the kettle corn flavor and when I am feeling real adventurous, I like to add some m&m’s.
3. Sweet Potato “Chips”: We eat sweet potato almost every single night in some form or fashion. But, our favorite way to prepare them is in quarter inch slices laid in a pan with coconut oil dripped over the top, baked at 425 degrees, and for about 20 minutes. I put salt, pepper, and cayanne pepper for a yummy flavor! (The thinner you make them, the crunchier they’ll be!)
4. Brussel Sprouts: Brussels are another staple for us, but our favorite way to prep them is sliced in half with coconut oil in the pan. Add salt, pepper, and some honey over the top, and you sizzle them until soft. (Keep at medium heat.)
5. Banana “Pancakes”: One of our favorite go-to breakfasts is SO simple and SO easy. It’s one banana per person + 2 eggs, and a dash of cinnamon. Mix well until frothy, and pour like batter into an oiled skillet (again… we use coconut for EVERYTHING.) Give about a minute on each side, and serve with a dollop of peanut butter and/or drizzle of honey. SO TASTY.
We cook just about every single meal in our house. Both for budgetary reasons and simply because it’s a lot easier to eat at home than go out to eat with so many restrictions. Lunch Tip: Every week, we do a crockpot of chicken with coconut oil and salt & pepper to keep in the fridge to pair with some kind of veggie. It’s easy for grab and go with our busy life, and it keeps us from munching or splurging on foods we would rather not.
Then, of course, my go-to for keeping healthy and in shape is at the barre.
Healthy eating paired with regular workouts is so key to overall health. You will never regret treating yourself to an hour at the gym, or in my case at Pure Barre. I am so grateful for my community at Pure Barre, and I would love to see you there with me! This March they’re doing a March Madness challenge- what better time to join?!
Love y’all! Happy Friday, and happy healthy eating!