While I mostly stuck to healthy choices over the holidays, I definitely indulged a little more than normal. I started January just feeling FULL. So I've been cleansing my meal rotation a bit, in hopes of feeling better and more energetic. I am a firm believer in using food as fuel and I enjoy the challenge of finding healthy options that I truly want to eat. Maybe you'll enjoy these too!
I try to eat more food in the morning and taper throughout the day. It helps my metabolism and I'm even used to going to bed a little hungry, which is okay! This combo is a common breakfast or lunch for me. I love Dave's Killer Bread - I toast it, spread avocado on top with salt & pepper, sometimes I'll add an egg. The smoothie is frozen strawberries and bananas, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, splash of juice, chia seeds, spinach and water. I usually add plain greek yogurt, but I was out :).
Another common breakfast - scrambled eggs with spinach (an easy way to sneak veggies into breakfast), yogurt with granola and blueberries. I love Chobani strawberry and KIND granola. By keeping it in the yogurt container, it helps with portion control - and no dirty dishes!
This is on of my favorite snacks and it comes from my friend Ashley from NaturallyNati. These "Almost Cookie Dough Bites" are the perfect cure for a sweet tooth. I even got my kids to try them!
I save this breakfast for days when I have a big workout. It's more carbs than I typically eat in one meal, but that's a good thing to fuel up for a workout. The same yogurt combo as before, plus a waffle with peanut butter.
I made this soup for the first time yesterday and I think it'll be a once a month recipe for me. It's called a "Cleansing Soup" and it is FILLED with good stuff for your body. And it tastes pretty good, too! It has an asian flair with ginger and cinnamon. It was a little labor intensive, but it makes a ton and I'll have it for several meals the next few days.
My favorite healthy indulgence - Banana Chocolate Chip Bread. Made with greek yogurt and dark chocolate chips, it is very filling and yummy. I used coconut sugar instead of brown this time and I always use whole wheat flour. Turned out great!
And one last sweet treat. Skinny Pop popcorn with a piece of peppermint white chocolate bark (thanks, Alicia!). Because I obviously can't quit Christmas...
Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for eating healthy in the new year, without feeling deprived! Have a wonderful weekend :).