As a holistic nutritionist I definitely aim to have a balanced diet. However, if I’m craving a treat I always have it without doing all kinds of mental calculations. I never restrict myself with a strict diet or portion sizes, and I’m a firm believer in a healthy diet without restrictions! If you’re curious what I eat in a day, read on.
When I wake up I usually like to have some type of warm drink. Right now I’m nine months pregnant so this is usually a cup of red raspberry leaf tea (some people swear it reduces labor time!). Other days, I’ll have a matcha latte or coffee. If having a coffee, I always make sure to have a big glass of water first, as coffee is dehydrating.
I always strive to get some healthy fats and protein at breakfast. Since social distancing I’ve been enjoying a new go-to breakfast: french toast! I use sprouted grain bread and one egg, then add a sprinkle of cinnamon. I like to top it with nut butter and maple syrup. It’s delicious, nutrient dense, and keeps me full.
For days when I don’t have as much time, or when I’m not feeling up to cooking, I’ll have kefir or yogurt with frozen berries and nut butter.
For lunch I usually have some type of ‘bowl’. This includes a vegetable, carb, and a healthy fat, and it’s usually something I’ve prepped in advance. I love reaching for mixed greens, roasted veggies, quinoa, and a protein like chickpeas. I usually top the bowl with a dressing I prepped for the week – tahini is my go-to!
My other go-to lunch is a soup that I’ve made in advance. This Cauliflower Soup Recipe is super quick and easy and makes enough for a few meals.
I love to bake so I usually have something I’ve baked for a snack. Lately I’ve been loving these marble pumpkin muffins. I use half the amount of maple syrup and substitute the pastry flour for spelt flour.
Dinner’s always different, but I make sure it’s full of protein and has some healthy fats to keep me full.
I love mixing rice pasta, veggies, and protein. Rapini and shrimp are some favourites, and I’ll top with olive oil and some salt. This is a super easy and satisfying dinner.
If I don’t have a bowl for lunch, I’ll have one for dinner. I make these with roasted veggies (like broccoli and cauliflower), rice or quinoa, kimchi (great source of probiotics!), and tofu. I try to get creative with a sauce to keep things fresh.
In the warmer months, I love a hearty salad for dinner. Some of my favorite toppings are roasted sweet potato, cucumber, and hearts of palm. I always add a protein (canned tuna, chicken, salmon, nutritional yeast).
After dinner I almost always have a sweet tooth. A couple pieces of dark chocolate or some frozen cherries are an evening staple. I find that both these options hit the spot in a healthy way. If I’m feeling in the mood to really snack I usually go for air popped popcorn – it’s high fiber and I can have a whole big bowl.
What are some of your staple foods?
Aly is a Certified Nutrition Practitioner (CNP) who graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and holds a BA from Western University. Aly’s warm and approachable demeanor empowers her clients to take control of their health. She uses a realistic approach, with an emphasis on balance and whole foods to personally address your nutrition needs. Aly believes that eating healthy isn’t about being perfect, it’s about having a plan you can stick to that gives you energy while allowing you to eat the foods you love. Aly believes that with the right tools and guidance you can make positive lifestyle changes to enjoy a happier and healthier life!