life lately has been a lot. a lot of things. for the first time in my life, social media has taken a back burner not because i wanted a break but because other tasks demand it. (hi, adulthood.)
the one place in which i do share regularly is instagram (@handfulsblog – follow me there for more regular updates in the next few months). photography has always been a favorite method of unwinding and recharging. it cultivates gratitude, and staying open to beauty in the small things is one of my favorite practices.
also, despite the whirlwind of classes, assistantships, internship, work, and extracurricular necessities, i have actually stuck to my intention of savoring what i eat and making good food and keeping nourishing choices as a priority. (nourishing can be anything from fruits and veggies to a pint of ice cream in one sitting for no reason other than it was delicious. depends on the day). i share anything on instagram that helps me in this quest, brings me joy, or makes me feel alive. but i wanted to share a bit of that here, as well: current staples, and recent favorites.
briefly, i do want to put these pictures and recipes into context. it’s undeniable that food has become inextricably interwoven with emotion in our culture. there’s a lot of shaming that happens around what people eat or don’t eat. i try to be mindful of that and always hope that i what i share inspires readers to try new things and learn what makes them feel best. this is the first semester in five years on campus that i’ve made it a goal to keep my weight up despite the stress. it’s been tough for so many reasons, practically and spiritually. but one thing that helps me keep at it is making pretty food, enjoying that food, and sharing pictures of the pretty-ness. this isn’t a complete picture of my diet, obviously, it’s just the things that keep me most encouraged to pursue feel-good health over cultural messages of “healthy”.
instant raw muesli
when i was a kid, my favorite breakfast was raw muesli, a german/swiss dish of raw oats soaked in milk/yogurt overnight and mixed with fresh and dried fruits and nuts in the morning. as a college student, i always struggled with healthy but quick breakfast choices. recently, i started creating an “instant” version of that childhood breakfast. it takes about 10 minutes and i’m out the door.
combine raw, rolled oats with plain yogurt (whole fat is my favorite)
use just enough yogurt to coat the oats
let sit for 10-15 minutes
chop whatever fruits you have: apple, oranges, pears, bananas are great…berries are exquisite
mix fruit with yogurt and oats
add more yogurt to reach desired consistency
healthy, calorie-packed breakfast smoothies
i love smoothies, and right now they are my go-to breakfast, but they will last me about 5 minutes if they aren’t full of healthy fats, proteins, and calories. no two smoothies are alike for me, but almost all include the following:
coconut oil (boosts energy! and no, you can’t taste/feel it)
protein powder (i use cyto-gainer because it was one of the cheaper ones. it might not be the “healthiest” but these types of protein powders are life savers for my stress-exacerbated metabolism)
chia seeds (keep me feeling more full for longer)
berries, fresh or frozen
i also ate coffee ice cream and a ruby red winter mojito for breakfast last weekend. it was delicious, but holy jitters….
mid-morning or mid-afternoon, i love throwing fruits and veggies into the blender. i usually add half to one cup of water. i don’t have a juicer, but a plus-side of that is the fact that blended juices retain more fiber for consumption.
+ this baby is grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, green apple, spinach
+ my absolute favorite: grapefruit, strawberry, ginger, raw honey
+ raspberry, blueberry, lemon, grapefruit, green apple, carrot
all-week salad bar
i tried something new this week. i never eat as many salads as i would like when i’m in school. during the summer, it’s easy to take the time to craft giant, filling salads, but as a student that seems cumbersome. but last weekend, i prepped a lot of lettuce, spinach, and arugula, 5 bell peppers, shredded carrots, shredded a head of purple lettuce, and cooked and shredded chicken. i also made tuna salad and pasta shells, and bought feta and shredded cheddar. salads have never been easier. i just don’t understand why i’ve never done this before!
a few other things from my life recently that have brought me happiness and help keep life beautiful.
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