Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Day in the Life of My Stomach

Recently I posted about my clean eating journey. I thought I would share what a typical day looks like when I am eating completely clean.

My day always starts off with a green smoothie and a big glass of water. Some days my smoothie is "greener" than others.

Mackenzie Green Smoothie:
-Vanilla Unsweetned Almond Milk
-Frozen Berries
-Banana(frozen works best)
-Half scoop vanilla protein powder
-Splash of coconut water

Occasionally I add some of these: chia seeds, cucumber, carrots, apple, mango, pineapple, greek yogurt
(pineapple makes it taste great, but has tons of sugar)

I find that starting out my day with a green smoothie gives me energy and keeps me full for a long time.

Sometimes I need a snack by 10 or so. My favorite snacks:
juice, Lara Bar, carrots and hummus, cottage cheese and strawberries

Juice is my all time favorite snack. I would probably drink juice for every meal if I could

Lara Bars are tasty and so natural! The have a fairly high calorie content due to the nuts, but they are still great for you

Look at your labels! The food you eat should have very few ingredients and things you can pronounce
ingredients: dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews, extra virgin coconut oil

Such a tasty high protein snack

For lunch I usually rotate a few meals:
-Scrambled Eggs with Kale and Onion
-Avocado Egg Tuna Salad (1 hard-boiled egg, 1/2 avocado, 1 can light tuna)
-Salad with veggies and a protein (eggs or chicken)
-My version of caprese: tomato, avocado, egg, balsamic

I try to keep my meals as gluten-free as possible (at least the obvious: bread, pasta, etc). I always include veggies and a protein. These lunches are easy for me when I am home everyday, but when I have to pack a lunch, I usually make extra at dinner and pack left overs. 

Dinner varies A LOT, but I do have a few go to meals. Most of my "clean" dinners include quinoa or quinoa pasta. If I am not doing gluten-free I occasionally throw in a whole wheat pasta. 

Many grocery stores carry this quinoa pasta. It is pretty tasty, but can sometimes fall apart

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Here are some of my favorite and go-to dinners:

Avocado Tomato Bowl. Recipe HERE

Roasted Veggies with a side of meat and quinoa

Portobello mushrooms stuffed with quinoa, tomato, and spinach

Cilantro Quinoa Soup. Recipe HERE

Turkey quinoa burgers with greek salad

Summer Salad. Recipe HERE
Grilled Zucchini Nachos. Recipe HERE

Other recent favorites: BBQ Califlower Salad, Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa, Turkey Thai Lettuce Wraps, and Quinoa Pasta with asparagus and artichokes

If I am eating at a restaurant, I try to stick to eating clean and have found some good options. Remember, veggies and protein!

The perfect Salmon salad with a lemon vinaigrette

I can't help but crave dessert after dinner. I try not hold off, but occasionally I have a treat. The best thing I have found: CHOBANI FLIPS. They come in 10 flavors, but my favorite is Key Lime Crumble. They aren't completely natural, but it is better than eating a real piece of Key Lime Pie. 

Frozen grapes and all-natural dark chocolate are good desserts too

A day eating like this makes my tummy very happy! The key is eating as close to nature as possible. I also make sure to include lots of veggies and protein to keep me full. Moderation and eating when you are ACTUALLY hungry, not just bored, is important.

Do you have any clean eating recipe suggestions? What makes your tummy happy? Have you found in good gluten-free or all natural products?

Linking up with Karly Kim For Totally Posted Tuesday


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  2. Yum! Thanks for all the great healthy recipe ideas! I have all the stuff to make smoothies but I just need to make them more often!! oh and I LOVE Larabars!

  3. How much money do you spend on eating clean compared to when you weren't eating clean? As a college student I don't have much of a budget to be able to spend on groceries, but can definitely tell that my diet of frozen pizza and cereal is recking hell on my digestive system!


  4. Great post! And it gave me some wonderful ideas! Love those Lara Bars! Thanks!

  5. Quinoa pasta?? I didn't know this existed! I've dabbled in the Paleo thing, which I think is essentially just a fancy name for clean eating, but my problem is I crave carbs!!! So maybe the Quinoa pasta thing will be a good alternative? Also, that shrimp cilantro recipe looks delicious! I'm totally gonna try it, shrimp is my fav! Is there a recipe for your turkey quinoa burgers, or is it something you can buy pre-packaged? Also, is there a particular brand of quinoa you prefer? I've bought a few different store brands and I find that they all seem to taste slightly different...but I could easily be making that up in my head!

  6. Love this post, Mackenzie!! I'm in college and eat at the cafeteria so its so hard to have a clean diet! But, hopefully I will have an apartment next year and I can make some of your recipes!

    xoxo, Alex

  7. Oh my goodness, I am drooling like one of Pavlov's dogs! All those meals look amazing! I struggle with many autoimmune diseases, and I keep reading that clean eating really cuts down on inflammation. Your post with all these tips and recipes just might be the inspiration I need! Thanks! <3
    Found you on the Tuesday blog hop
    MJ- www.luckfupus.com

  8. I should come hang out with you in order to eat clean! It all looks tasty!

  9. You make some yummy foods girl! I love Lara Bars too! Kind bars are my favorite but they're so freaking expensive so I always buy Lara Bars in bulk from Costco instead. That egg tuna salad sounds so good! It's everything I love rolled into one! You've inspired me to eat healthier lately and I appreciate you for it!!

  10. Thanks for sharing this!! I just had a black bean and quinoa salad for lunch and was thinking today about trying to incorporate more clean eating into our diet! Stupid question...what does the green smoothie taste like? I can't quite place what raw kale would taste like.

  11. As a fellow Kentucky girl and lover of all green juices, clean eating and quinoa I'm obviously a new follower. Happy to find you from Totally posted Tuesday.

  12. Wow, this all looks incredible. You're making me so hungry. I'm trying to stop eating so much crap and get back to a healthy regimen with my diet. You are inspiring me to do better!

  13. YUM! I've never thought about adding avocado to a caprese - I'm totally stealing that idea :) And is it weird that I'm shocked that you can find Lara Bars and Chobani there?

  14. Thanks for sharing the recipes you are using! I always need more ideas for a healthy diet! Happy to be a new follower!


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