ask the nutritionist: is anyone perfect?

I certainly know that I am not, but I do know that some are.  They work out religiously, only eat healthy foods and just have all of those perfect tendencies.
Not me!
Some think that because I’m a nutritionist that I always eat perfect, I never eat cheeseburgers and workout everyday.
Yesterday was a prime example – I had my entire day of food planned, as I shared on yesterday’s posting and for the most part it was what I predicted….
Breakfast was a smoothie, lunch was raw pasta:
(I had to show the picture, I thought it was beautiful!)
But…..after looking at 6 different apartments in downtown Minneapolis, the last thing I wanted to do was go home and cook.  So my taster and I went to a new Coal Fired Pizza joint called Black Sheep and threw the whole idea of a Tofu & Broccoli stir-fry out the window.  (The oyster mushroom, smoked mozzarella cheese & rosemary pizza was well worth it)
I have learned that this is an important concept – if you feel like one thing, don’t force yourself to eat another (aka tofu & broccoli).  You will eat it and then still be hungry for whatever you originally wanted (aka wine & pizza).  Sometimes it is more important to listen to your body then to always eat “perfect”.

what i’m eating for earth day

Today is a kick-off to less meat and dairy and more raw-foods.  Raw foods are hard for me to maintain during cold, long Minnesota winters but now that spring has arrived I’m going to incorporate more raw meals into my diet.  I’ve started with smoothies and soaked cereals and am planning my “raw” meals for next week.  I would love any raw recipe or meal ideas that any of you have! 

We are lucky enough to have an excellent 100% Organic Vegan & Raw Restaurant called Ecopolitan and a meal there is always a great inspiration for raw meal creations.  I picked up some raw “notchos” for lunch yesterday (which is one of my favorite meals) and decided to make a pesto pasta for lunch today.  It includes a bed of spinach, sliced yellow pepper, chopped tomato, marinated mushrooms and zucchini pasta tossed with some pesto olive oil that I found at whole foods. 
Dinner will be a Broccoli stir-fry with brown rice and some tofu. Simple but always good :)

review: starbucks vivanno


The Vivanno smoothie from Starbucks was a great “away-from-home” option for a smoothie.  I don’t have a blender at my desk yet :(  This was deliciously creamy but not overly sweet.

I tried the Orange Mango Banana with Matcha – it includes a whole banana, mango juice a fiber-protein powder and matcha.  As always you can substitute the milk for soy if you so desire.
Here are the stats:
about 300 calories
6 grams of fiber
16 grams of protein
provides 35% of Vit A & 40% of Vit C