I am a huge believer in the phrase, “You are what you eat!.”
Many people have asked me what I eat to stay healthy, so here’s what my boyfriend and I eat for breakfast. I started my healthy journey a few years ago when I wanted to loose some weight. Actually, for a very long time since high school, I have always struggled with loosing weight. My genetics are not blessed with being tall, skinny, and having long legs all of us women want. I am also against unnatural ways of dieting, so diet fads are not for me.
Before I used to think eating chicken, sushi, or picking the salad option at the restaurant was being healthy. I worked out at the gym everyday, signed up for marathons and stayed away from sweets and fries. Still I never felt like my body was feeling as great as I’d like it to be.
A few years ago, I found Kimberly Snyder, a celebrity nutritionist in Los Angeles. I read a few of her books and truly believe in her way of living and eating whole. My dad was also a vegetarian hippie who grew up during the 70s, so eating this way came very natural to me. I decided that whatever I put into my body, I’d make sure it’s only fresh, organic, non-processed, and non-gmo foods. I also try to stay away from dairy, meat, and gluten.
Occasionally, I will indulge in anything I want, but if I do, my one condition is that the dish is so absolutely amazing that I will feel tingles down my spine. Since I’ve been eating this way, my body has never felt better. I have glowing skin, shiny hair, and my stomach never feels like there’s a giant basketball inside of it.
Every morning, my boyfriend and I start our day off making Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie. We also rotate our greens because consuming too much of one thing is unhealthy for your body. It’s fun to experiment with flavor combinations and learning new salad recipes. We usually use whatever is available seasonally at the market.
1 1/2 cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
3 to 4 stalks organic celery
1/2 head of a large bunch or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon
Optional: 1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems OK) and 1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems OK)
Add water and chopped head of romaine to blender. Blend at a low speed until smooth.
Add spinach, celery, apple, and pear, and blend at high speed.
Add cilantro and parsley.
Finish with banana and lemon.
This smoothie is 70 percent green veges and 30 percent fruit. It’s best to consume this on an empty stomach as your body is able to absorb more of the vitamins and minerals. Thanks to all of its nutrients and fiber, the smoothie is incredibly filling, so it keeps you from feeling hungry.