I’ve had a lot of messages recently asking about my diet/what I eat and as I love eating healthy and cooking, I wanted to share my favourite products, healthy recipes and diet secrets with you all!
Eating clean is so important for how I feel on the inside and look on the outside. In the last year, I lost my appetite for red meats and discovered my love for fish (especially sushi…) so recently I decided to go pescatarian. There has been a lot of hype around the Netflix documentary ‘What the Health’ which I found shocking and made me really think about what I was putting into my body. My diet isn’t far off a plant based diet but I’m also not willing to cut out things I love, which is okay! I think everyone needs to make dietary decisions to best suit themselves and what makes them feel good – mindful eating! In terms of dairy, I try to avoid it as much as possible as it breaks out my skin. I’ve switched out the few dairy products I ate for nut alternatives (Alpro almond milk, Alpro Go On soy yoghurts, Alpro coconut ice cream), which actually tastes better and keeps my skin clear. I have to admit, I’m not completely dairy free, mostly due to my obsession with frozen yoghurt, cake and mozzarella cheese. All of these are fine in moderation and I’ve worked out a healthy balance.
One of the best ways to start the day is with hot water and lemon. I drink this before eating breakfast to flush and cleanse my system. I also try to drink 2 litres of water a day, sometimes this gets away from me but I find it easiest when I have a 500ml bottle with me at all times which I can just refill. Drinking water often stops me from snacking (I’m usually just thirsty and not actually hungry). Another trick I use to stop snacking is drinking lots of tea! I drink around 3-4 cups of tea a day, usually green tea that is so good for your metabolism and skin.
B R E A K F A S T
For breakfast, during the week I stick to my favourite strawberry smoothie (yes the one from my insta stories – recipe here!) with a green tea. If I’m feeling hungry or if I know I’m not going to be having lunch, I’ll make sure I fuel up at breakfast. My favourites are; gluten free porridge (here) made with almond milk and topped with banana, berries, almond flakes, chia seeds and a little agave nectar, homemade granola (recipe here!) with almond milk, banana and berries or scrambled eggs whites with sautéed spinach (in coconut oil) and half an avocado. My absolute favourite breakfast is an acai bowl, but unfortunately they’re not as available in Glasgow as they were in my sunny California days.
L U N C H
For lunch, I usually have soup. I love homemade soup – my mum makes the best soups ever and especially in the winter months there’s always a pot of soup waiting for me after a long cold day. With the soup, I have either wholegrain rice cakes with hummus or smashed avocado. Or sweet corn, which I’m obsessed with, and I love eating it straight from the can (don’t judge, it’s delicious). Or I have celery, peppers or carrots with hummus. When I’m in university, my go to in Glasgow is Martha’s. I love their fresh soups, the crunchy noodle salad topped with hot smoked salmon and the falafel main box. I usually get the Charitea ginger iced tea or the green juice. P.S. if want a sweet treat here, the victoria sponge is to die for.
D I N N E R
For dinner, I’m always looking for new recipes on Pinterest to try (follow my Clean Eating board for all of my favourite recipes). I always prepare and cook my dinner myself (unless I’m out) because I like knowing what’s going into it and I just really enjoy cooking. Some of my go to meals at the moment are:
★ Lentil pasta (here) with red pesto, mushrooms and spinach (great alternative to pasta and tastes the exact same – no carbs, all protein
★ Vegetable stir fry (with salmon or prawns sometimes) with a sriracha and soy sauce
★ Poached salmon, cauliflower mash with steamed pak choi
★ Cauliflower rice/ quinoa bowl (usually just throw in whatever vegetables I have in the fridge like sweet potato cubes, onion, broccoli and avocado (be creative!)
★ Spinach salad with baked sweet potato cubes, halloumi cheese and pomegranate
★ Vegetable lasagne (no carbs – link here)
★ Baked sweet potato filled with hummus, pesto, sautéed spinach and pine nuts with corn on the cob
★ Egg white vegetable omelette/frittata (spinach, mushrooms, red onion, peppers, red onion)
★ Courgette noodles with olive oil and chilli flakes or tomato based sauce
S N A C K S
If I’m craving something sweet, my go to treats are banana or apple slices with a spoonful almond butter, berries with coconut yoghurt, honeydew melon, pineapple or English tea with almond milk and a squeeze of agave nectar. A rule I follow is no food after 8pm because usually I’m not actually hungry after dinner but just bored and end up snacking. I usually have a green tea, chamomile tea or milky (almond milk) tea before bed.
It’s so important to be positive when eating clean to ensure you have a healthy relationship with food – learn to think before you eat and ask do I really want/ need this? If the answer is yes, that’s okay too! I love eating clean but that’s not to say I don’t love indulging in a big bowl of pasta or truffle fries (yum) or drinking my weight in cocktails! Everyone needs to explore and find what suits their lifestyle best. In a nutshell, eating clean for me is all about mindful eating, putting in effort to buy, prep and cook meals which are nutritious and to make me feel good inside and out.
If you have any questions please comment below or direct message me on Instagram – promise, I always reply and I love talking to you all more personally!
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