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To be honest I don't really like the term "cheat meal", you don't need to cheat, you can just choose. It's not cheating when you are the boss of your own body and you have the ability to make your own rules and your own choices. But lets face it, some foods taste soooo good, they just sadly don't make us feel that great.
Well guess what? This snack taste like a delicious plate of nachos...yet it is a delicious plate of whole foods...no dairy, no gluten, no CHIPS. YESSSSSSS!
Truth be told I totally stole this recipe from a client and friend (Deanna gave me the go ahead to share). She took the ingredients from my 21 Day Body RESET Mexican sweet potato and rearranged them into nacho format. Truly genius. I have posted the recipes for both the Mexican sweet potato and the no-cheat nachos below! Give them a try and let me know what you think. xo Anna
For the Smoothie Bowl
One of my favourites ways to take care of myself and my family is through healthy whole food meals. After making this commitment years ago, it has become such habit now that it actually feels easy. But... being prepared is key, otherwise we get stressed out (or is that just me?)
You do not have to be a vegan or vegetarian to benefit from eating a more plant based diet. In fact many people these days are mixing a plant based diet with high quality animal proteins. Study after study has proved the power of plant foods. Eating whole foods from the earth (aka lots of fruits and vegetables) is scientifically proven to help prevent a variety of chronic diseases and conditions. Plants provide high amounts of fibre and potassium which can prevent heart disease and regulate blood pressure. Also, removing processed carbohydrates and replacing them with plant based carbohydrates/whole food sources help prevent and reduce the risks of diabetes, obesity and more.
I always include the following in my great BIG bowl of goodness!
Greens: spinach, romaine, arugula, kale, mixed greens, romaine, sprouts.
Proteins: beans, quinoa and lentils, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast.
For non Vegans: farm fresh eggs and wild-caught fish, animal proteins.
Healthy fats: avocado, olives, nuts, seeds, Tahini.
Rainbow Veggies: carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, beets, broccoli, cauliflower; any veggies you have on hand work just fine.
Carbohydrates: sweet potatoes, squash, white potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, beans, corn.
Dressings: Hummus, tahini, apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon or lime, fresh salsa or pico de gallo.
This winter salad is a win in so many ways. It is inexpensive as the root vegetables are local and in season right now. It is also super simple to make and takes minimal prep time. I served this salad last night at a casual dinner and it was a hit. Give it a try!
What is a balance bowl? It is a bowl jammed packed with micro and macronutrients. It has a perfect mix of carbs, protein and fat and all of the ingredients are from the earth. It can be vegan, paleo, local, seasonal or let's just say it is Magically full of Whole Foods. Whatever you call it, I think you will love it!
My top 3 Tips to avoid sugar cravings:
Today is Halloween and I see those little mini candy bars everywhere. As a personal trainer and nutrition coach I have heard lots of Halloween confessionals and regrets over the years (some of those regrets have been my own). I don't want you to have to white knuckle it, suffer and feel guilty about it. I have listed my top 3 tips to do yourself a favour and not get caught in the cycle of sugar addiction and cravings. Plus I added an amazing sweet treat below!
I had walked by the same big box of high protein pea pasta at Costco a few times and I finally decided to give it a try. As a vegan I love high protein pastas. I usually use a brand called Asian Explore (bulk barn), which is high protein, low fat and moderate carb, plus it taste good. But I liked the rotini shape of this brand and I like to try new things! I opted to make a classic pasta with sundried tomatoes and olives (plus some extra veggies and avocado ofcourse). It only took me about 15 minutes to make.
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