8 steps to spring clean your diet

Spring is here! (Though it might be 90 this weekend and I’m not looking forward to it.)

It’s a great time to make some changes in your diet. Instead of major overhauls, and an all-or-nothing approach, I’m a fan of small changes. I’m sharing 8 easy ways you can improve your diet, by adding some things (greens!) and removing others!

8 Steps to Spring Clean Your Diet

What would you add to the list? 

 


8 Steps to Spring Clean Your Diet!

daily eats: march 8, 2015

I’m switching up this week’s daily eats post and sharing a day of weekend eating! My weekend eating is a bit different than weekday eating. It’s less structured, not as healthy and typically is lacking vegetables.

beverage: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2. I spent the morning putzing around, working on some recipes and starting to pack for the hospital! Next week I’m determined to go to brunch.

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breakfast: almond butter french toast (2 slices sprouted bread + 1 egg + 1 Tbsp almond butter + 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup). This is for the Snap Fitness blog (I create recipes for them) and you’ll probably see the recipe soon, it’s a good one!

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workout: 45 minute walk. Though I’m not sure that should be categorized as a workout…I’m still on a walking and physique 57 workout plan.

lunch #1: cherrios w/ ancient grains (sent from General Mills) + blueberries + 2% milk.

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Sundays are my meal prep days and while I typically make salads for our lunches, in an effort to clean out the freezer of some tempeh and quinoa, I made Cuban Fried Quinoa with Black Beans and Tempeh via Oh My Veggies. If you like quinoa and tempeh, you’ve got to try this, it’s great!

lunch #2: mac & cheese + shrimp linguine sauce. The weirdest lunch ever. We had leftover shrimp linguine sauce but I wanted mac & cheese instead of plain pasta, so I ate the sauce on the side. :)

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snack: starburst jelly beans. My favorite Easter treat!

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dinner: 2 chicken drumsticks + green beans + potato chips. I had originally intended to make some sweet potato fries, but it was too hot for the oven and I didn’t remember until the chicken was already on the grill. Potato chips made an excellent replacement.

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dessert: more jelly beans!

thoughts: Too much candy. Not enough vegetables. And not really worrying about any of it. :)

creamy dill hummus

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It’s March. And I might have a baby this month! Or not, but with four weeks (give or take) to go, this baby is consuming my life. (So this is my way of apologizing/warning that every single post from here on out might mention the words baby or pregnancy.)

At this point, I’m so excited to meet this baby that I’m not that nervous for the actual labor portion. I am of course nervous, and I know it will be difficult and painful, but people do it every day. And then they have more kids.

So I know I can do it. Right?! Tell me I can do it!!!! ;) On other fronts, we’re feeling close to prepared. We still have a decent amount of things to do too: Laundry! Install carseat! Finish room!

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And eat snacks ALL the time! I’m finding myself pretty snack-y these days and while one of my favorites has been a bowl of cereal, hummus and pita chips comes in pretty high on the list.

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I tend to go on hummus kicks, and given that my last hummus recipe (Black Bean Hummus) was only a few weeks ago, it’s safe to assume I’m currently on one of those kicks. Here’s another fun variation!

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Plain hummus gets a flavor boost with a combination of lemon zest, greek yogurt and fresh dill. It’s creamy and fresh and with the addition of greek yogurt, it has 9 grams of protein per serving! (That is pretty much unheard of when it comes to hummus.)

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I’m partial to pita chips, but fresh veggies are also a great way to scoop up this hummus!

Creamy Dill Hummus
 
Prep time
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Author:
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1-15 oz can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup (or more) chopped fresh dill
Instructions
  1. Zest and juice lemon.
  2. Combine beans, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil in food processor.
  3. Process to desired consistency.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in yogurt, lemon zest and fresh dill.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil for serving.
  7. Best if used within 1-2 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅓ cup Calories: 180 Fat: 9 grams Carbohydrates: 17 grams Sugar: 1 gram Fiber: 4 grams Protein: 9 grams

 

daily eats: february 17, 2015

I’m bringing back the daily eats posts! (I learned from the survey that the most popular post types are Recipes, Daily Eats, Lately I’ve Been and then Nutrition-related posts.) The daily eats are some of my favorite posts to look back and read so I am happy to add them back into the rotation on a regular basis. Question – do you find calorie/macro counts helpful in these posts? It’s interesting for me to see where I’m at every now and then but it’s not something I do so it’s really only for you! Let me know if you have strong feelings one way or the other.

The last few days I’ve felt hungrier than normal and I’m just kind of going with it. Throughout my entire pregnancy, I’ve eaten pretty normally, and added in more food when I’ve been hungry. So far it’s working well, I’ve gained a little over 20 pounds so far, right on track! Oh and baby is big, 5 lb 10 oz.

workout: 25 minutes of physique 57 cardio blast. After trying (and loving) this workout online, I decided I needed the DVD. It’s a great low-impact (for my downstairs neighbor) workout and I feel like I get a pretty intense workout from it, which doesn’t always happen with the other barre workouts I’ve done.

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beverages: swig of oj with my iron pill + coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: peanut butter + jelly sandwich on sprouted bread. I’ve been on a pretty consistent mix of smoothies + paleo banana muffins, oatmeal, and muesli with banana for breakfasts but with some sprouted bread in the fridge, I just had to make a pb + j sandwich. Such an easy breakfast, and it tastes so good.

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lunch: brown rice + jambalaya + side salad. This week is ‘clean out the freezer’ week and how fitting to have a cajun-inspired meal on Fat Tuesday! I’m vowing to label everything that goes in the freezer from now on because I had no idea what this was until I started eating it. I didn’t eat much of the brown rice – it was soaked in water and I was not a fan…

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lunch #2: ohh, and because there was pizza at work I didn’t want to waste any belly space with water-logged brown rice. :) I had two small pieces.

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snack: apple

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dinner: was supposed to be salmon burgers + brussels sprouts but EVERY week, salmon burgers are on the dinner menu and every week they seem to get bumped off. Today, I received an email from PostMates (a meal delivery app/service) with an offer for free ShopHouse (the Asian Chipotle) and obviously I couldn’t pass that up! I had a rice noodle bowl with steak laab, green beans, red curry sauce and pickled vegetables. I love their flavors, but it’s not enough food for me – pregnant or not!

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dessert: x2, but one is healthy enough for breakfast so in my mind I’m considering it a snack! I had two squares of Coconut Raspberry Bars (from The Little French Bakery Cookbook – love this cookbook!) + cake batter chia pudding from Edible Perspective. I’m not sure I would say it tastes like cake batter, but it’s really good and a really nutritious blend of chia seeds, dates, almond butter, oats, etc. that I feel good about eating. I’ll definitely make the pudding again (and I’ll probably double the recipe).

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I have such an exciting weekend planned, I can hardly contain myself! See you next week!