Happy Friday, lovelies!
I have been away getting some much needed rest and relaxation. I’ve also been spending time focusing on this new chapter in my life. I share more with you at a later time.
So, in my journey of being healthy, I am eating quite a bit of fruits and veggies. I like to have a little fun with eating. Over the past several months, I have been eating my fruits and drinking my smoothies from my fashion inspired wine glasses. Why not add a little fabulocity to being healthy?
By the way, I got my wine glass from Dollar Tree. They have really nice decorative glasses for fashionista. Are there any creative ways you enjoy eating?
It’s been a while since I have done a post about smoothies. I recently did a hug smoothie using a large blender. I was able to make about 4-5 smoothies out of that batch. I froze them until I got ready to drink them.
Here’s what I used: kale, cantaloupe, pine apples, and blue berries, and 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseeds. I froze all of fruit before blending. I used apple juice to blend everything. This smoothie had a lighter taste because I didn’t add bananas to them. I could really taste the cantaloupe and pineapples. It was very tasty. I had this smoothie right before bed and when I had to stay up late doing school work for added energy and extra nourishment.
I wanted share another smoothie that I made. I used fresh kiwis, blackberries, bananas, kale, and a teaspoon of flaxseed. This smoothie tasted really good. I am enjoying trying out different smoothies.
Back in 2013, I adopted a vegetarian lifestyle for a about five months. I never intended to become a vegetarian, it sort of happened as a result of fasting for a few weeks of eating only fruits and veggies. I really enjoyed eating fruits and veggies and I liked how my body and spirit responded to the change. Even after I incorporated meat back into my diet last year, my life was changed due to my vegetarian experience. I wanted to share how being vegetarian has changed my life. Before I begin, I have decided to go back vegetarian because I function best eating that particular way. I will be transitioning to this lifestyle. So here I go.
I have learned how to be creative with meals and snacks. Smoothies have been a go to options for me since my schedule can be full and hectic. I normally freeze fresh fruits or buy frozen fruits. I started adding veggies to my smoothies as well. I purchased a Magic Bullet to make my smoothies.
I also like mixing fruit. Strawberries are my favorite.
I like eating fruits for late night snacks. Here one my favorites-strawberries, kiwis, and bananas.
Here are some lunch options I used when I first went vegetarian.
I got different variations of these veggies trays for lunch and snacks from Wal-Mart for $1.97. They also have fruit trays similar to this.
I began to be more proactive about researching foods that are not good for my asthma. I learned a lot through trial and error. I discovered that dairy is not the best for asthma and allergy sufferers. I started using soy milk because I like milk and it’s diary free. It’s been almost two years. I use different vegetable oils instead of butter. I’m not 100% dairy free because I may use cheese occasionally for salads or when I go out to eat.
I also found out that gluten sensitivity is common for individuals with asthma. I realize that I am gluten sensitive. After I took gluten out of my diet I noticed big change with my digestion. I buy gluten-free pasta, cereals, and other products. I found gluten-free cake mix.
Gluten-free pasta mixed with fresh broccoli and peppers.
I found new, healthier ways to cook my favorite dishes without meat. I like flavorful dishes. I like cooking spaghetti. I started adding mushrooms and spinach instead of meat to my spaghetti. I also use gluten-free noodles. I’m a southern girl and I like soul food. I liked greens. Normally, greens are cooked with pork for seasoning. I found a recipe that uses fresh garlic, onions, and other spices that taste amazing. I tested the recipes with my family and they love it. My mom loves these recipes. I like making homemade vegetable soups with mushrooms instead of meat.
Going vegetarian opened my eyes to trying out vegetarian/vegan restaurants and new dishes when I go out to eat. Some dishes are not good and some are not so good.
A Vegetarian dish from UNO’s
I enjoy veggie pizzas.
I was at R. Thomas Deluxe Grill in Atlanta, GA trying an organic smoothie.
I learned that even if you are not vegetarian you can incorporate the diet into your eating routine. For example, I would eat strictly vegan for a week or two to reset my system. Also, you can go meatless for a day or for a meal.
Being vegetarian helped me to be more discipline this is why I am choosing to eat this way.
I just wanted to share my experience. I will also be sharing my experiences from here on out as I learn and grown in my nutrition. Talk to you soon!