This weeks Day On A Plate comes from one of our favourite foodie accounts @pretendhealthfreak. Sarah AKA Pretend Health Freak is a young blogger who takes a refreshing approach to her diet and lifestyle. She calls herself Pretend Health Freak because she doesn’t like to get too caught up in labels, fads, or trends. She’s known for recreating popular desserts and putting a healthy spin on them for her Instagram tribe, plus other social channels. Sarah has just released her FREE recipe ebook, filled with 15 vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and naturally sweet recipes. She says that she wanted to attract as many like minded people as possible, and what better way than to share a free ebook for anyone to download and enjoy. With out further ado here is Sarah's Day On A Plate!
So here’s an idea of what my daily eating schedule looks like. To be honest though, no two days ever look the same. Some days I wake up really hungry and stay that for the rest of the day, which means more meals. Other days I have less of an appetite so I’ll eat less. I could have anywhere between 3-6 meals of different sizes. I just listen to my body, and at the moment every day is different!
Most days I wake up naturally at around 7am and think about all the things I’m grateful for. Then, I try to always brush my teeth first thing before eating (as an old Ayurvedic practice to cleanse all the toxins that have accumulated on my tongue through the night). I'll then have a warm cup of something… it depends if I’ve stayed at my own house or my boyfriend’s and what I have access to. When I am at my house I start the day with a fresh cup of ginger and lemon tea, and some days even a shot of chlorophyll. I’ll let that sit on my tummy for around half an hour to get my digestion going and then make brekky. At my boyfriend's I will just have a warm water with a swig of apple cider vinegar, or even just good old fashioned cup of water, ha! The main thing is that I have a drink before my first meal.
I love making breakfast! I love making it and I love eating it… my favourite meal (apart from dessert). At the moment I’ve been experimenting with some different options for breakfast, and I must say they are rather extravagant. Some days I will make oats on the stove top with some quinoa flakes, cinnamon, and stewed fruit of some kind. Other days I go all out and make a breakfast bowl with blended banana, soaked seeds, superfood powders, and a handful of yummy toppings. I just see how I’m feeling when I wake up.
Before I get ready for the day ahead I usually like to have a foam roll and do some yoga so I feel relaxed, flexible, and prepared for when I take on my workout later in the day.
Lunch is usually steamed and baked vegetables with leftovers from the night before, or a grain/meat/legume of some kind. Depending on how I’m feeling, sometimes just a big bowl of vegetables is enough. I always keep it really simple with lunch though. And if I don’t have time or access to cook my vegetables, I will often opt for avocado on seeded crackers.
Usually around the mid afternoon I start to feel a little hungry again, so I’ll have some fruit or a healthy home-made muffin. I want to make sure I have plenty of energy because most days I workout in the late afternoon.
Depending on whether I go to the gym or go for a walk will depend on what time exactly that I workout. I do classes at the gym such as yoga, body pump, belly butt, and boxing. If I don’t make a class I’ll take my dog for a big walk or do my own workout in the weights room at the gym.
Dinner is usually something fun and interesting. There’s always sure to be vegetables though, that’s a must! Red Thai Curry Stirfry is my favourite.
When I want to reward myself with a little dessert, I usually have one of my sweet treats from my free ebook ’Sweet Treats for the Pretend Health Freaks'. I couldn’t choose a favourite so I decided to display five of them from the ebook below, ha!
Cinnamon and Quinoa Muffins
- 1 Cups quinoa flour
- 1/2 Cups rolled oats
- 1 Cup coconut water
- 1/4 Cup unhulled tahini 1/4 Cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
1.Preheat oven to 180 degrees fan forced.
2.Fold quinoa flour and rolled oats in with remaining ingredients until combined well. Pour into patties and bake for around 20 minutes.
To see more of Sarah's daily eats head to her: Instagram