As the owner of a popular green smoothie website who posts a new recipe every day on my Facebook page, I get asked by a lot of people if I only drink green smoothies.
Well, let me set the record straight:
I Do Not Just Drink Green Smoothies
While I love my green smoothies and drink two of them every single day, I love to eat too!
Green smoothies provide better, longer lasting health and weight loss results when they are combined with a healthy, whole foods diet. When I am not drinking a smoothie, I eat plant-based, whole foods for my other meals.
Which brings me to another question I am frequently asked: What do I eat when I am NOT drinking a green smoothie?
Well, the way I eat can be summed up this way…
Low-Fat, Plant-Based, Whole Foods Diet
I’m really into eating whole foods, preferring foods as close as possible to their natural state.
That means unprocessed or minimally processed foods that are not made in factories.
They do not contain labels that list questionable, unpronounceable ingredients.
I strive to avoid pre-made foods that come in packages, cans, jars, or frozen meals that may contain additives, preservatives, and that have had most of their nutrition processed right out of it.
You may have heard the terms “real food” or “clean eating”, too. These terms essentially describe the same thing. It’s the way of eating that I aspire to, and encourage others to follow.
Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes, quinoa, brown rice, lean proteins – these are the stars of the plant-based, whole foods lifestyle.
Pasta, pizza, donuts, canned whatever – these are all the foods that brought you to my website in the first place, so it’s best to replace these unhealthy, processed foods with cleaner, more natural alternatives.
Vegan Or Omnivore | Low Fat Or Low Carb
When I say “plant-based diet”, I am not necessarily describing a vegan diet. I believe that it is important to base your diet around plants. I believe that it is healthier to eat less meat and focus more on plant-sources of protein, but it is not critical to become vegan.
While I was vegan for over three years, I incorporated small amounts of meat and eggs during my pregnancy. Even after I gave birth, I have continued to eat eggs from pasture-raised chickens (my sister has backyard chickens), and wild caught fish on occasion. I still avoid dairy and I don’t eat red meat.
I prefer a diet that is lower in fat. I keep my fat intake under 20% of my total calories, which I find works very well for me. I eat a lot of healthy, whole food carbohydrates (the kind that DO NOT make you fat) such as fresh fruits, quinoa, brown rice, beans, and oats.
As for carbs, I do not restrict healthy carbohydrates from whole food ingredients. Bread, pasta, cookies, and sugar-sweetened beverages have been shown to increase risk for obesity and diabetes. However, fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber carbohydrates from beans, legumes, and certain whole grains have been shown to reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes.
Okay, So Here Is Exactly What My Daily Diet Looks Like:
So now that you have a little background on my approach to diet, I’d like to share a typical day with you. Keep reading!
First Thing: I Start My Day With A Morning Tonic Water
This is optional, but I always encourage my Reset 28 program participants to start their day with a morning lemon water. This re-hydrates your body and revs up your digestive system.
There are a lot of health benefits attributed to a morning lemon water ritual. Some of these benefits are purely hype, but for me, my morning lemon tonic ritual helps re-hydrate my body first thing in the morning.
It provides my body with a subtle dose of vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants.
When made with ginger, lemon water helps rev up my digestive system. When made with cayenne, I find that it helps clear my sinuses and “warms me up” on chilly winter mornings.
It’s super easy to make. Simply pour warm (not boiling) water into a mug. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, then sprinkle some cayenne pepper flakes (about 1/8 tsp), freshly grated ginger (about 1/4 tsp), or crushed mint leaves.
Breakfast: I Have A Green Smoothie For Breakfast
I drink a green smoothie for breakfast every single day. I have done this since January 2008. This habit has truly changed my life.
I have a TON of free green smoothie recipes on my blog.
I also post recipes daily on the Incredible Smoothies Facebook Page.
You can also join my FREE Green Smoothie Challenge to help kickstart a new habit.
It’s important to drink a large, meal-replacement green smoothie (most of the recipes I post are). A true green smoothie meal will have at least 300 calories (men should have 400+ calories), 10 grams of naturally-occurring protein (double it with a quality protein powder), and some healthy fat (1/4 avocado, 2 tablespoons of chia or flaxseed, or a handful of raw nuts).
Lunch & Dinner: 4 Of My Favorite Meals
Here are four of my favorite plant-based, whole food meals. These are, by far, four of the most raved-about recipes in my Reset 28 program for energy & weight loss. It’s a step-by-step guide for losing weight, boosting energy, and getting healthy!
- Veggie Taco Salad with Sour Cashew Cream
- Hummus Collard Wrap
- Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- Black Bean Tostadas
Don’t Skip The Snacks: Two Yummy Snacks Right Here!
When done properly, snacks can help support healthy eating habits and facilitate weight loss. A lot of my Reset 28 participants are nervous about eating a snack every single day, but they’re built into the meal plan. Plus, intelligently snacking keeps cravings away, helps you stick to a diet, and keeps you satisfied between meals.
I gotta share one more snack recipe that I LOVE. It’s this Apple-Cinnamon Overnight Oats recipe that I included in both Reset 28 and my FreshLeap Cleanse.
So that’s it. This is the way I ate to lose 40 pounds and drop my cholesterol by 45 points. It’s a typical day for me, and it’s a good indication of what either the Reset 28 or 7-day FreshLeap Cleanse is like.