Messy Grain Bowl 

During the throws of a semester, an everyday sort of lunch that I pack for myself is one of my favorite all-time meals: MESSY GRAIN BOWLS. This usually looks like a quinoa or other complex carb oh top of kale with zucchini and/or mushrooms, with beans and/or tofu, avocado, and my favorite dressing. It is super simple, super fast, super easy, and you can prep it early in the week.

The most important part of this bowl is the first word: messy.  It is supposed to be tossed together, not look perfect, and definitely should be made with anything in your fridge. This is particularly great for any veg that you have small or awkward amounts left over after the weekend or even week.  This bowl is health and delicious, so there’s no need to stress about your lunch.

Here’s how to do it.



Messy Grain Bowl
:

2 handfuls of greens
(try kale, spinach, spring mix, romaine…)

1/2 cup grain of choice
(quinoa is my fav, but brown rice is always a close second)

1/2 cup veggies
(try zucchini and onion, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, asparagus, mushrooms…)

1/2 -1 cup beans of choice
(garbanzo, black, kidney…) or protein source (tempeh, tofu, or other sustainable meat source)

healthy fat source
(1/2 avocado, a handful of sunflower seeds, 1-2 Tbsps chia seeds…)

Other toppings/seasonings:

  • Nutritional yeast (if you haven’t put this on salad, TRY IT. You will thank me)
  • Oregano, thyme, cilantro, basil
  • Spirulina, Chlorella, wheatgrass powder (though if you are new to these, try a tiny spring at first because these flavors are very strong!)

Dressing: 1-2 Tbsp of your favorite dressing, lemon juice, simple apple cider vinegar and olive oil, or even try a mix of salsa and hummus (which can take the place of beans!)

Empty out your fridge and give it a try! And remember, it is especially important to take care of yourself when you are facing more stress and less time in your day.  Show yourself that you love you by planning ahead to pack a great lunch you’ll appreciate when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Loving yourself is a practice!

Love, as always,
Lucy

Feel Good Smoothie Bowl.

CLEAN.  I woke up with the desire to feel this way on the inside. After a night (and day) of eating much more sugar than normal, in the form of chocolate chip cookie recipe testers and fudge-covered gluten free pretzels, I woke up hungry to feel lifted from the residual sugar weight in my stomach.  I knew just the thing to make: a green smoothie! Now, I am one of the biggest fans out there of green smoothies.  I have them almost every day for breakfast, 4-5 days of the week. And sometimes I have to be strict with myself and make something else because I end up eating too much fiber during the day if I don’t.  However, on a saturday morning when I am not rushing off to class, after drinking a smoothie, I know am prone to looking around for something I can physically chew on.  So how do I fix that and make it easy for myself to be satisfied? Put chewable things on TOP of a smoothie and then eat it with a spoon, and voilà! A smoothie bowl is born.  (Now trending on a social media near you).

This week for leafy greens, I have collards, which I must admit taste surprisingly sweet.  (My guard is up you guys, I am wary of a vegetable that tastes so good after eating so many cookies…) On the bright side, listening in to my tastebuds on this means my body must be telling me what I need! So into the blender it goes.  Along with the leftover celery that is starting to get soft, as celery tends to when it has been sitting in the fridge for a week.  And what better to make you feel cleansed than some ginger root! *Tosses in not quite a thumb of it, unsure of its great and awesome power* I guess I can sacrifice the apple that I have only taken a bite of this morning too, so into the blender that goes too.

I clean out the fridge some more by tossing in some frozen banana, and some sprouts I have been growing this week (has anyone else noticed that the more sprouts you use, the more  that seem to appear in the same container??).  This was my first batch in a year, and I have grown so many that I have found a way to put them into every meal so as not to waste them.  (Salads, smoothies, wraps, quinoa toppings, burger toppings, you name it!) To top it off, I add some of my favorite blood sugar stabilizers: hemp seeds and avocado.  There is just something about the creaming texture that is formed when you pair avocado with bananas, and, well, everything.   Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon and turmeric, and you are good to go.

Let me tell you: this smoothie was everything you will ask for and more.  It feels so light and clean and good for the system.  If you make it you will not be disappointed.  In fact, side affects may include satisfaction, energy, and the most freaking content stomach of the morning.

 

Feel Good Green Ginger Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 collard green leaf (or any other leafy greens you like)
2 Stalks of celery
1 palm-full sprouts (if you have them!)
1/2-1 Cup water

*

1/2-1 Inch ginger root, minced
1/2-1 Apple
1/2-1 Banana (frozen or fresh)

*

1 Tbsp Hemp seeds
1/2 Avocado
Cinnamon to taste
Turmeric to taste

Method

Add all of the ingredients in this order, and blend at the * for the best texture! Once smooth, pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings.  Today I added more hemp seeds, goji berries, and bee pollen.  You could try some crushed nuts, shredded coconut, chopped up fruit, berries, chia seeds…the possibilities are endless!  Sit down, and savor with a smile.  (This is essential)

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I spelled goji berries “gogi berries” (hah!) … will I ever learn to spell?

I hope this makes your day (and your stomach’s too!) and helps you remember that you are beautiful as you are now and deserve to feel good!

Love,
Lucy