Meatless Monday Roundup
Clean + Healthy "back on track" Foods
Today I thought I'd do something a little different for #MeatlessMonday, rather than my usual assortment of breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes for you to try out. Instead of entire recipes, today I wanted to open up my fridge to you and let you in on some products and ingredients that helped me out hugely back a few months ago when I was in prep for my bikini competition. However, fitness competitor or not, these are awesome, protein-packed, healthy vegan options anyone would love (I'll warn you right now, I'm heavily partial to Trader Joes, but I'll try to give you options you can find most anywhere!)
My own personal eating habits this week are pretty relaxed and fun, as I'm giving myself a big break from the super strict, dialed-in eating I was doing earlier in 2018. Right now, thanks to the flexible meal plan I follow when I'm NOT a few weeks out from a stage, just about anything goes! Pizza, tacos, mac and cheese, cocktails, potato chips, boiled peanuts....yeah, those have all gone down in the past week. I'm enjoying the 80/20 life and treating myself, but when I need to come back down to Planet Earth and reign myself in a bitttt, these are some of my go-tos to do just that.
Ripple Pea Protein Milk
It might be a tad unexpected to start this list with milk, but this isn't just any milk--it's pea protein, which is basically my BFF. I try my best to steer clear of soy and gluten when really trying to tighten and tone up, because it does make my body bloat like crazy (I lost 8 pounds of water weight in a week when I cut soy out entirely a couple months back...) However, I do try to get plenty of protein in since I'm a bodybuilder, so pea protein is life! This is my favorite plant-milk ever, and I use it in my daily shakes, oatmeal, as well as making golden milk out of it!
Trader Joes Falafel
This is one of my favorite and "cleanest" protein sources out there--and also happens to be soy and gluten free, which are two things I try to minimize my intake of, especially when I'm trying to lean out. I've tried a lot of falafel mixes and this is my favorite in terms of ingredients, taste, and also nutrition! I love tossing these into sandwiches, salads, or honestly just eaten plain or dipped in hummus.
Vans Frozen Waffles
These waffles are an ideal quick breakfast, whether you're vegan or not, and have no sketchy ingredients or any reason at all to prevent you from having them daily, which you might, because yes, they're that good... I love topping mine with sliced bananas, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and some PB2 or regular peanut butter drizzled across. Swoon.
Trader Joes Carrot "Noodles"
Okay again, a Trader Joe's find, BUT I feel quite sure Whole Foods or probably other crunchy type stores carry these. I will say, I never got on the zucchini zoodle bandwagon, but carrot noodles are DELICIOUS. I use these as a base for spagetti sauce and meatless meatballs, and as a result, eat "pasta" just about daily, and a LOT of it!
File this under DUH. I have this bad boy every single day, whether I'm prepping for a show, traveling, living in my RV..literally no matter the circumstances! It's the non negotiable meal of my day, every single day, but I thought it was worth mentioning here, because I truly think every single health-conscious person (so, every single person...) should be drinking this mix of 70 superfoods (think maca, medicinal mushrooms, chia, greens galore, camu-camu, etc, etc, etc.)
When I'm feeling "off track" in ANY way--under the weather, stressed, tired, or like my cravings are kicking up, I have two a day--and I crave them more than I crave ice cream, which is the ultimate testimony if you ask me. If you want to try them with a discount, hit me up!
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