hi all! Happy Saturday!!
Had a kick butt leg workout with Corey this morning.
I will be posting the workout soon!
I know a lot of you have been curious as to what
A DAY OF EATS looks like for a plant powered PE teacher!
One of the main questions I get is…
“Where does your protein come from?”
My top choices:
beans, nutritional yeast, seeds, nuts, hemp,
brown rice protein powder, sprouts, quinoa,
chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds,
sunflower seeds, tahini, hummus.
I'm not a big soy eater - I've had some weird skin issues when I used to consume it.
Therefore, I tend to stay away from that.
Lots of other plant based foods have protein in them!
You’ve just got to do some research! You’d be surprised.
Here’s some info I came across..
“It is very easy for a plant based diet to meet the recommendations for protein.
Nearly all vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds contain some,
and often much, protein. Fruits, sugars, fats, and alcohol do not provide much protein,
so a diet based only on these foods would have a good chance of being too low in protein.
Plant based eaters with diets containing vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds
rarely have any difficulty getting enough protein as long as their diet
contains enough energy (calories) to maintain weight”
Did you know that a half cup of oats has 5g of protein?
After doing my research for this month;
I’ve read my fair share of food labels & wanted to pass along the info!
3 TB Hemp seeds has about 10g of protein.
4 TB of CHIA seeds has about 6g of protein.
5 TB of flax has about 8g of protein.
1 cup of peas has about 6g of protein!
1 cup of broccoli has about 4 g of protein.
1 cup of brown rice has about 5g of protein.
1 cup of Quinoa has about 9g of protein.
1 cup of Lentils has about 18g of protein.
1 cup of black beans has about 13g of protein.
*These may not be exact; but pretty darn close!
Hence the “about” word before the total grams!
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I’m going to share with you an average day in my plantPOWERed life.
I get weird about sharing an exact day of eats because I think all too much
people judge other’s based on their food choices.
You all know that I swear by #beTRUEtoYOU!
If you’ve watched my VLOG with my update on my digestion throughout
this month of eating plant based, you’ve seen that this
has been an amazing change for my body!
I can’t get over it.
With that said, this is what is working for ME
and everyone's body is so different!
Therefore, you need to find what works for YOU!
This has been a 10 year journey for me.
I am in no way saying
THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE EATING OR ELSE!!!
nope, I’d never do that.
This is just to help those who are looking for some
help with putting together their own plans
And I am SO HAPPY to help with that!!
I am no pro in the plant based lifestyle;
I was simply trying new things to educate myself!
So with that being said; here is a sample day of what I eat!
*Remember, this changes daily! I embrace variety.
5am – I wake up & drink some
NRG MATRIX with some ACV, fresh lemon juice,
cinnamon, & some stevia
or my Apple Pie Cleanser
to cleanse my body and jump start my digestion!
Head downstairs & lift….in my ADIDAS & fuzzy socks that I slept in.
Lift for about 20 minutes (I move quickly from one exercise to the next)
Then freshen up & grab breakfast!
My go to REFUEL breakfast is some type of oats & protein powder!
I love my oats!
Gingerbread POWEROAT Parfait with
homemade pumpkin butter.
(I cut oats out a while ago thinking that’s what was causing my bloat
never blaming the animal protein – but now I oats with no problem!)
Around 930am I have a prep period where I snack on either raw veggies or trail mix.
12pm – LUNCH TIME!!
Usually a bunch of veggies thrown together.
*Powerbowl of raw veggies, avocado, dried apricots, pumpkin seeds
& dressing made with ACV, nutritional yeast, & stevia.
*Collard Wraps stuffed with black beans, avocado, & sautéed veggies.
side of raw veggies & extra avocado!
Teach for a few more hours.
3 pm After School POWERsnack.
Fresh fruit is my GO TO for the ride home!
yes I eat two.
Insert 20 minutes of Cardio or TABATA intervals.
(I've really been liking to split my workouts throughout the day!)
If I was really active with my students all day, I don’t do the extra cardio then!
Dinner – 5ish pm – varies between
Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo!
over black bean spaghetti.
Raw Veggies Topped with
Ceamy Tahini & Nooch Sauce.
(sauce=19g of protein!)
24 g total with all of the extra veggies added in!
Roasted Pie Pumpkins
Wash & Cut your pumpkin
Slice in half
Scoop out seeds
Place Face down onto coconut oil sprayed foil
Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes.
HEAVEN IN YOUR MOUTH.
Raw veggie powerbowl with quinoa & Kale Hemp Pesto!
Big powerbowl salad with raw and roasted veggies,
sundried tomatoes, olives, all topped with hemp seeds!
(pudding because I make it thicker than a smoothie!)
I'm not sure Of my exact measurements but close to
1 cup frozen spinach,
1/3 cup frozen carrots (love doing this)
2 TB pumpkin,
2 tsp Nutrex spirulina powder,
1 tsp maca powder,
1 TB flax meal,
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
(may need more depending on your wants!)
liquid stevia drops,
Optional – 1 scoop protein powder
& topped with #raw cacao nibs & coconut butter!
blended in my magic bullet
anddddd there is healthy chocolate sauce underneath
for that awesome last spoonful!
Some times I use some coconut water
that my friends at Naked sent to me!
Some other pics & variations:
Or one of my favorites
Banana Orange Spiced Smoothie
Now if it’s a Friday after a nice productive week;
I see nothing wrong with ending the night with some organic red wine,
slippers, a movie, boyfriend, & a new dark chocolate plant based dessert!!
I will be sharing soon!
Had to have the boy taste test first!
FYI: He totally approved!
So that’s a day in the life of a plantPOWERED POWERCAKES!
Again, this changes daily, but do you see how many colors I eat in a day?
The more colorful – the better!!
My body is loving this plant based goodness
& I’m getting protein at each meal from my favorite foods!
I used to blame some of these foods for my bloat;
but now that I eat them without the animal protein…no more bloat.
Now, for some reason, chick peas & chick pea flour make my tummy ache.
total bummer cause I LOVE SOCCA and have a BOMB recipe to share!
If I choose to eat these, I understand that my tummy may ache –
but if I’m really craving it, I see nothing wrong since I know how I’ll react!
BUT hummus doesn’t hurt my stomach as much!
This is me listening to my body and everyone is so different!
My advice; start listening to your insides.
They talk to us more than we realize!
I can’t get over how much better my digestion is;
and how much energy I have!
I used to always want a nap in the mid day –
now I come home and rock some cardio because I have so much energy!
And sometimes I still close my eyes for like 20 minutes to just decompress from the day.
Relaxing is so important to our overall health as well!
With this all being said, I’m very happy that I challenged myself this month.
I do not label myself anything other than a KASEY
who just happens to currently eat plant based because it makes her feel better!
BE TRUE TO YOU!
Heather is now safely home from Vegas
so we are getting all of the winners organized this weekend
and we have plans to ANNOUNCE ON MONDAY!!
Thank you so much for understanding!!
I can’t wait – we have special prize pack for the GRAND PRIZE WINNER too!!
Has this month inspired you at all to try more plant based recipes?
Do you listen to your insides?