I haven't done a food update for a long time. For those of you who have been following my blog, I love cooking, arts, and fashion. I have been very conscious lately about my health and weight. Living alone and moving to Florida was such a drastic change for me in friends, weather, school, and being away from family. I have been hanging in there so far and make the best of it! =)
So just to share with you about this post, people in South Florida love being health and eating health. So added on to my crazy schedule I don't have time to cook for myself sometimes. I love Japanese fashion and looking at the skinny girls on there doesn't help either. They are just skinny, petite, cute, and...I am pressured to be like them. I have struggled with my weight and have gained 10lbs since the start of graduate school. So I've decided to follow this 28-Day Challenge Meal Plans under Whole Foods Market website. The weekly meal plans focus on plant-based, nutrient-dense whole foods and healthy fats. I've also decided to work out more and eat less meat. Thought of becoming a vegetarian, but I can't give up sushi!
With that said, the purpose of this challenge is to focus on plant based produce that are full of protein, nutrients, antioxidants. I've always wanted to eat health, but with student budget and not working it's quite expensive. There's a lot of batch cooking at the start of week that usually takes 2-3hrs of my time and when I'm ready to assemble a meal, preparation would be easy for weeknights with my busy schedule.
Set aside time to cook or prep:
•Big batches of beans
•Big batches of whole grains
•Big batches of soup, sauce and favorite dishes
•Crisp fresh veggies and leafy greens for twice-daily salads
•Delicious and easy oil-free homemade salad dressings
•Breakfast: blend a fresh smoothie daily for breakfast; add leafy greens or fruit with your favorite unsweetened nondairy beverage, a few ice cubes and a date or two for extra sweetness if you like. Frozen chopped greens like spinach or kale save time and help keep your smoothie colder.
I am in love with this recipe: Double Green Smoothie.
I was skeptical how blending spinach and kale would taste. I didn't want to have a nasty green grass drink. But I gave it a try and it was delicious! The rice milk really helps a lot because it had a little bit of sweet taste to it.
Here are all the ingredients measured out. I opted out for apricots since I forgot to get them on my grocery run.
All ready to be blended. I was really scared and didn't know when to stop blending. It started off with a purple color from the berries. Then it turned to red, brown, and a nasty brown oxidized color. I wasn't sure if I was willing to drink it if it was brown looking. As I let it settled out, it turned green, which was just like the color the recipe pictured showed. That was feasible to drink. LOL.
Final look of the drink. I would definitely recommend this drink. I'm going to follow their plan and continue to drink this for breakfast. I also bough muesli grain mix, so I can make mighty healthy oatmeal bowls.
The rice milk is really good by itself to drink as well.
Per Serving:160 calories (30 from fat), 3.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 10g sugar), 8g protein
Thanks for reading again! I'll put more post to my 28-Day healthy eating challenge.