Want to peek in my journal???

I don't normally keep a food journal.  

While it's true that food journals can be useful in the beginning of a nutrition program to help a person become more mindful, the ultimate goal should be to find a sense of balance and calm when it comes to food.  You want to learn how to listen to your body's subtle cues and respond accordingly.  You do not want to spend the rest of your life making a PowerPoint presentation for the great calorie counter in the sky.

However, for those of you playing the Detox home game, I thought it might be helpful to see specifically what I've been eating.  Here is my food journal from this past weekend.  Recipes are included at the bottom.  Feel free to email me, tweet me, post on the Happy Healthy Belly Facebook Page or comment below with any and all questions.

-♥ J :) 

P.S. You will notice there is nary a margarita or vodka smoothie in sight.  That thump you hear is the sound of me patting myself on the back.

11am: 16oz. Green Lemonade

12:30pm: Almond Butter Smoothie

5pmPure Bar

6pm: 16oz. Green Lemonade

8pm: Jen's Popeye Power Spinach Salad w/ dijon vinaigrette

9pm: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bar

11am: Almond Butter Smoothie

12:30pm: 16oz. Green Lemonade

3pm: Pure Bar

5pm: 20oz. Green Lemonade and 1 cup (approx) breakfast potatoes (left over from John's brunch)

8pm: Jen's Popeye Power Spinach Salad w/ dijon vinaigrette

9pm: 1 Trader Joe's Dairy-Free Mango Mochi

Green Lemonade 
I just can not stress enough how energizing (and filling!) green juice is.  This weekend I used 1/2 Organic Mixed Greens and 1/2 Apple, Lemon, Ginger Juice from Beverly Hills Juice and mixed them together.  To make your own, juice the following in a juicer:
-2 large Cucumbers 
-Big fist-full of Kale
-Big fist-full of Romaine
-3 stalks of Celery
-1 Pear or Green Apple
-1-2 big Broccoli stems
-1 lemon
-1/2 inch of Ginger
Experiment to taste.
Makes about 32 oz. Make more and save in Mason jars up to 24 hours.

Almond Butter Smoothie
(a version of THIS smoothie)
-1 ripe banana
-1 hefty scoop of almond butter
-1 handful Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao 
-1 scoop Naturade Soy-Free Veg Protein Booster
-Half a packet of Nu Naturals Stevia 
Put all the ingredients into a blender.
Add enough almond milk to almost cover the banana.
Blend. Drink.

Jen's Popeye Power Spinach Salad 
(serves 2)
-1 package of pre-washed raw spinach
-Trader Joe's frozen artichokes (cook according to package instructions)
-handful of dried cranberries
-handful of cashews
-handful of almonds
-1 and1/2 cup of lentils
-1 large avocado
-1 cup peas
Put ingredients in a bowl and toss with...

Jen's (other) Stupidly Easy Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing 
-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
-1 tablespoon mustard
-2 tablespoons Trader Joe's Organic Garlic Flavored Olive Oil
-1/2 packet stevia
Whisk together.  Drizzle on salad.
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