Get Healthy for 2016: Part II

Welcome Back lovelies! Now that you’ve completed the first step in my guideline to getting healthy for the New Year, you’re ready to dive into the second step in improving your health!

Nutrition

I could go on for hours about the importance of eating breakfast, including fruits and veggies in all of your meals and drinking tons of water, but quite frankly that could get boring, so I’m going to simplify this into 3 easy tips!

Start your day the right way: Antioxidant Rich Blueberry Smoothie

Recipe:

  • 1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 c. blueberries (I recommend using frozen)
  • 1 T. chia seeds
  • 1 T. flax seeds
  • 1 T. virgin coconut oil
  • 3-4 pitted dates

Combine all the above ingredients together in a high-powered blender and pulse until smooth. Serve alongside your morning protein of choice (ex. scrambled cage-free eggs) or add an optional scoop of stevia-sweetened protein powder (my favourites are VEGA and KAIZEN)

** What I love about this recipe is the free-radical fighting antioxidants that the blueberries provide, the brain-friendly coconut oil, as well as the healthy omega 3’s, fiber, protein and magnesium the flax and chia seeds contribute.

Detox Citrus Water

  • 500 mL – 1L water
  • juice of one half or one whole lemon
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar (with the Mother)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

Combine the above in a large mason jar or glass water bottle, and serve cold. I recommend you drink this directly after waking, but it can be sipped throughout the day (you do you).

** Citrus fruits contain Vitamin C which is crucial to fighting the cold-and-flu season, and Organic, Raw ACV is incredibly cleansing for your gut, great for immune function, and it aids your metabolism.

Easy Green Lunch/Dinner

  • 1-2 handfuls of mixed baby greens (ex. spinach and baby kale blend)
  • 1/2 c. chickpeas (if using canned, I recommend low-sodium)
  • 15 g (2 T.) of feta cheese (I use “Happy Days” brand, which comes from ethically treated goats)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of sliced almonds
  • 1 T. dried cranberries

For the dressing: drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to taste

Combine the above ingredients in a large bowl the night before or meal prep individual servings in tupperware, as well as a large amount of the dressing, which should be added just prior to eating. Pair with your protein of choice, for example: sustainable salmon or tuna, free range chicken breast, or 1/2 c. quinoa for a plant-based option.

** This salad is the perfect blend of protein and fiber from the garbanzo beans, healthy fats and proteins from the cheese and almonds, as well as little antioxidant kick from the cranberries – the perfect combination to keep you satiated until dinner!

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What’s great about all of these recipes, is that they are all tried-and-true meals that I eat on an almost daily basis! This just goes to show you that clean eating can be fun, simple and easy! These recipes are super friendly to customize, as you can always swap the blueberries in the smoothie for another fruit, use a different kind of beans for the salad and experiment with dressings by adding fun seasonings like oregano/basil/parsley/etc.

Keep in mind that this post is not a strict example of the diet you should follow, because I do not follow this exclusively and am still the happiest and healthiest I have ever been, these are simply some examples of some healthy, cleansing recipes that I eat quite often (but not all the time)! Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed – so have that piece of dark chocolate after dinner (I know I do), because it is equally important to remember to nourish both your body and soul with healthy food and treats.

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Wishing you above all Health and Happiness

Miranda xo

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