Trying New Foods

If you're following along on my Instagram, you've probably noticed a change in my feed - more posts of food. Food is, after all, a big part of our lives. While I strive to never be the type of person that discusses and tries to drive people away from foods labeled as "bad", nutrition has been something that has interested me since I was really little. Not nutrition as in labeling foods as "good" and "bad" and forcing myself to eat what's "good" and eliminating "bad' foods from my diet, but by learning what's beneficial to my body and what will give me the most energy, strength, and overall make me feel the best. This book has helped me understand the components of food and their benefits and drawbacks.

 The past couple weeks I've been trying out new recipes, foods, and meals, which has been both a struggle and a success. I discovered I love quinoa and strongly dislike raw kale. I love green tea lattes made with matcha, but I'm not a fan of straight-up green tea. I love cooked broccoli, but I can't get into cooked tomatoes. I can guarantee you there are wayyy more foods out there than the ones you know of. Every week at the grocery store, I try to pick up at least one thing I'm not familiar with or haven't tried. I've expanded my diet so much. Macadamia nuts. Hemp seeds. Almond oil. Coconut Chips. Dates. Chia seeds. Turmeric. And there are SO MANY MORE!! Think of all the foods you haven't tasted... have you heard of Spirulina? Noni Fruit? Royal Jelly? Because neither have I until like two days ago. Here are a few things I've been eating lately if you're looking for a little inspiration!!

these smoothie popsicles are the bomb!!
I used strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, and coconut milk, but you can use anything you'd like to make a smoothie and then freeze it in a container like this!!

pasta, shredded extra sharp cheese, + broccoli
I'm trying to draw myself away from pasta, but I had this really often earlier in the summer!   

rice cakes with almond butter, banana slices, + hemp seeds

big ol' bowl of quinoa with raw broccoli, peppers, + a pinch of salt

kale salad with quinoa, almonds, basil, + avocado

seriously one of the best things on the earth

I also had eggs, raspberries, and strawberries for breakfast the other morning, but I ate them before I took a picture - I was really hungry lol

Stay on the sunny side,