What’s on My Plate

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2013/06/28 by nikkiledford

This post won’t really include any new or original recipes. I haven’t been messing around in the kitchen lately. Just trying to keep it simple and fresh. Speaking of “Keepin it Fresh”, check out this awesome cooler bag I received as a gift from a client… I love my job!


So in lieu of new recipes, I figured I would jump on the “what I eat” bandwagon and share some incredibly boring information with y’all. Namely… what I ate yesterday. Wuuuu! So exciting! Or completely, mind-numbingly boring. Seriously though, if you are looking at this blog, you probably are the kind of person who loves all things food.  If you are the kind of person who HATES when people post their meals to instagram, facebook, etc. then turn away now! Cause that’s exactly what you’re getting today.

I decided to do this on a day when I was off from work. When I’m working (aka cooking) it’s pretty hard to take pictures of what I eat since I’m taking bites and tastes of multiple things while I prepare 10 different recipes (whew!).

Yesterday, after a morning of coffee with coconut cream I headed up the freeway for my breakfast. I was especially excited for this meal because I was going to be in the company of my best buddy. She and I went for a walk out in the sun and then we prepared a delicious breakfast of fresh figs (FIGS!!!!), peaches, bacon, and scrambled eggs (fresh from the chickens!). Pro tip: whisk herbs and seasonings into the eggs as well as a bit of water.

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Next up, I went over to the Irvine Spectrum to browse around in two of my favorite stores… Lululemon and Anthropologie. Forgive my ridiculous hair/non-smiley pic. I was sending the pictures to my husband for help making decisions on the clothing items. He’s pretty good at dressing himself so I like the additional encouragement/discouragement when making clothing purchases.

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After shopping, I had obviously worked up an appetite (note the grumpy, non-smiley face), so I dropped by the garden to feed the chickens and grab some heirloom tomatoes. I came home and whipped up a fresh Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber, Avocado, and Basil Salad with some chopped chicken.

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Oh and by the way, throughout the day I was constantly drinking water out of my sippy cup (yes, that’s what I call it).

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Once lunch was over I did some chores, goofed around on the internet, and laid out in the sun while nibbling on a handful of cashews. I also applauded myself for the self-control required to only eat a handful and not the entire bag.

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Then I ran off to hot yoga for an hour. It’s a rough life, I know. After a quick trip to the cleaners and the grocery store I came home and turned on my computer to watch Troy…

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… while I prepared my dinner of turkey burgers (fried in Red Palm Oil) and grilled carrots and zucchini with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

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So there you have it. My inaugural “what I ate” post, which consequently turned into “what I did” post. Today I’m pretty excited to ring in the summer season with a favorite meal of mine… Pesto Gazpacho. Click the link to check it out!

Also, in case you’re interested… I’ve started tracking my macros just to be sure I’m not over-doing the carbs and I’m getting enough protein. Today’s breakdown:

Carbs: 88 g (23%)

Fat: 80 g (49%)

Protein: 102 g (28%)


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PUMPKIN FIG OATS //Caught some morning light on my morning bowl of goodness. I made this last week and it was so good (and loved by my child) that I made another batch! I don't know if it's the figs or golden raisins, the coconut milk or the collagen, or maybe it's the banana and the pumpkin that make this bowl of oats absolutely satisfying for a day of leading, teaching, cooking, sweating, loving, and seeking. 
#sometimesibreakfast #sometimesidont #glutenfreeoats #notpaleo #dairyfreeoats INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!)

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