Meatless in Seattle

As I started to eat more nutritious food and changed my diet to eat more “clean”, I realized that I have unconsciously eliminated meat and other animal products out of my diet and become more plant-based.  Before I made the switch, I didn’t eat a lot of meat in general.  As I’ve made the transition, I’ve been discovering alternative meat sources and other plant sources of protein that are quite delicious.  However, I wouldn’t say I am 100% plant-based.   I still rely on yogurt and eggs as a good portion of my protein.  This isn’t an argumentative essay to convince you to become a vegetarian nor am I shunning other diets. You can certainly have a healthy lifestyle with meat protein. The reason I am writing this is to help others who are interested in becoming more plant-based and help them learn from my mistakes and the advice of a registered sports dietitian. Continue reading

Fall Spiced Oats

Ahhhhh Fall. The leaves turn beautiful shades of orange and red. The air is crisp but not too cold. Now put this feeling into a breakfast (or snack) and you have Fall Spiced Oats. These oats are finished with Pumpkin yogurt, crunchy granola, and a sprinkle of Fall happiness. Continue reading

Mango-Kale Salad Wrap

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock my whole life, but I’ve just recently discovered that salad wraps are a thing. I was just wandering around the mall when I saw a cute little cafe called Freshii in the corner and decided to drop by. And my life changed. You’re telling me that I can have a salad but… Not a salad??! My mind was blown. I ordered the Metaboost wrap and it was so good that I went home and remade it! It tasted too good to be healthy. Without further rambling, this is how I remade the Freshii wrap: Continue reading

Kale & Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

I know, I know, Buddha bowls are all the rage right now. But for a good reason! Roasted or sauteed vegetables over a bed of rice, draped in a creamy sauce. They simply are the best. This version has kale, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and onions but you can add different veggies to spice it up. My personal favorite is brussel sprouts and baby potatoes. Continue reading

Quinoa-Kale Salad

I recently went to a weeklong running camp, where we had delicious food prepared for us daily (currently jealous of my former self). There, our cook made an amazing quinoa salad that was both tasty and healthy. Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain this recipe (tragic). Despite this, I was craving this salad so much that I just attempted to recreate it. My results were nothing like the green heavy salad that was my inspiration, but I liked my version even better than the first! It’s packed with protein and veggies, and has the perfect balance of sweet/sour/bitter/salty/nuttiness. And it’s super filling! One of my favorite things about salad is that it’s so customizable, so the following recipe is totally a suggestion and substituting ingredients and changing ratios is always welcome.

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