What I Eat on a Typical Day
I am all about the quick and easy gluten-free eats! Cooking is not exactly one of my passions, so I lean toward convenient, healthy, and low-mess meals. I’m sharing a look into what I eat in a typical day.
I’m never wondering what to make in the morning because it’s always the same: a protein shake. I’ve been making a protein shake every morning ever since my husband Kam and I moved in together and we got a Vitamix as a housewarming gift to ourselves (I love how the Vitamix cleans itself). My go-to smoothie is based on the “Wolverine” smoothie from Sun Life Organics in Malibu. SO good! Here’s what I put in our version:
- Two scoops of this protein powder which has 20g of protein per serving
- Frozen banana
- Date or two
- Raw cacao
- Bee pollen
- Almond Milk
I work from home, so most days I eat lunch at home too. Like I said, I am not a fan of cooking -- especially when it’s just for myself. For this reason, I go for what’s quick and easy! For example, I will spruce up last night’s leftovers, eat vegetarian sushi rolls from Whole Foods (I keep gluten-free soy sauce at home), or make chickpea pasta with steamed broccoli. By the way, I live for this brand of chickpea pasta, which only takes a few minutes to make! My goal is to keep the time cooking and cleaning to a minimum, so if I end up eating gluten-free granola with blueberries and almond milk -- I’m totally cool with it. FYI, I am eating Pecan Praline gluten-free granola from Trader Joe’s with fresh blueberries as I write this post. Delish.
If my lazy-butt only ate granola and blueberries or we aren’t eating dinner until 8 pm, you can bet I’ll be hungry before dinner. Chips and guac is one of my favorite snacks, but who wants to mash up avocados all the time? Not me. I recently discovered Wholly Guacamole’s new portable Snack Cups. What a game-changer!
The cute little Snack Cups pair gluten-free tortilla chips with the perfect portion of guacamole made from hand-scooped Hass avocados. The Snack Cups come in two varieties—Classic (Mild) and Spicy (my fave), and they are great for on-the-go snacking. I actually took one to the beach this summer, and it hit the spot.
Sometimes, when I make guac, I force myself to eat more than I should just so the guacamole doesn’t go to waste or turn brown. Why do I do that to myself? The guacamole guilt trip is no joke. On the other hand, Snack Cups have just the right amount of chips and guac, taste great, and there’s zero dishwashing involved. WIN! If you want to try them, you can get the Wholly Guacamole Snack Cups at Walmart stores in the produce section and select convenience stores nationwide. You can also try them for free at the Art & Big Fork Festival in Evanston, IL Aug 18-19. I’ll share more on that at the end of the post.
Dinner is when I try to make up for the fact that I haven’t eaten many vegetables yet. My husband is vegetarian and I’m gluten-free so cooking for both of us is somewhat limiting. Thank goodness for stir-fry and taco nights! I typically cook with lots of veggies and tofu, but occasionally, I’ll prepare some chicken for myself. Have you ever had daal? It’s an Indian dish made from lentils. It’s super healthy and packed with protein. Kam makes it for us once a week with vegetables and rice. And he almost always washes the dishes. (What a guy!)
I try to eat healthy meals at home most days, so when I do go out and splurge, it's not a big deal. When I am indulging, it's probably on gluten-free pizza or ice cream. By the way, check out my list of the best gluten-free pizza in Chicago.
Try Wholly Guacamole's New Snack Cups at Guaclandia
If you are in the Chicago area, you have an opportunity to try Wholly Guacamole’s new Snack Cups for free. Wholly Guacamole is bringing its one-of-a-kind mobile exhibit called Guaclandia to the Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival, in Evanston, IL on August 17th-19th. It is dedicated to all things avocado and includes photo opps with their Instagramable bus and pop art-inspired avocado wall. Plus, you can win prizes like avocado pool floats from an avo-inspired arcade, and jump into a jumbo ball pit. Oh yeah, and there is unlimited samples of America’s #1 refrigerated guacamole! Guaclandia is free and open to the public.
- Friday, August 17: 4–7 p.m.
- Saturday, August 18: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Sunday, August 19: 10 a.m.–5 p.m
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