Are you curious to find out what I eat in a day as a raw food chef?
Here’s what a typical day on my plate looks like… I start each day with several glasses of green smoothie: a combination of fruit, leafy greens and superfoods such as chia seeds, maca powder, spirulina and turmeric for stamina, detoxification and energy. I usually add a tablespoon of protein powder too. Don’t have time to prepare a fresh smoothie in the morning?
Make your smoothie the night before! Fresh juices lose their nutrients rather quickly because of the lack of fiber, but smoothies will stay fresh for at least 1 night or day in an airtight glass container in the fridge thanks to their high amount of fiber. They’re the perfect breakfast-to-go!
During the day I drink lots of water and tea: green tea, red bush tea, white tea… It will hydrate your body, support your immune system and manage your hunger. Just make sure to limit your consumption of green and black tea because those can lower your iron absorption.
For lunch I usually have a large salad with quinoa or legumes, lots of leafy greens, seasonal veggies and avocado or a creamy dressing. During summertime this could be a combination of quinoa, adzuki beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, arugula, Romaine lettuce, black olives, fresh figs, avocado and ALL GOOD tortilla chips.
During wintertime it could be a salad with quinoa, chickpeas, kale, Belgian endive, radicchio, Romaine lettuce, cucumber, ripe pear and ALL GOOD almond cashew cheese crumble.
In the late afternoon I usually have something sweet like one or several pieces of fruit, or a raw energy ball like these Almond Butter Chocolate Protein Balls.
I’m mad about these Almond Butter & Jelly Apple Sandwiches too – YUM!
If I have the time to exercise in the late afternoon, I’ll usually have a recovery shake afterwards like this Quick Hemp Berry Protein Shake with an extra tablespoon of protein power.
In the evening I’ll usually prepare some steamed veggies or a veggie stew, always served with a green salad. Some days I’ll add oven-baked ‘fries’ too, made out of sweet potato, pumpkin or parsnip.
Some evenings I just crave a big bowl of pasta like this Zucchini Pasta with Pesto.
As long as it’s delicious, healthy and easy to digest, I’m happy! I hope this will inspire you to try a green smoothie or quinoa salad too ☺ Flat belly & glowing skin, here we come!
Now I would love to hear from you! What do you usually take with you to work for lunch? I'd love to hear about your favorites, so please leave a comment down belo