One of my favorite healthy-living bloggers, Back to Her Roots, used to do these What I Ate Wednesday posts almost every week, and I enjoyed the peek into her normal, everyday eating routine. I thought some of you may be interested to see an example of what I eat these days, especially since I’ve talked a lot lately about how I’m trying to incorporate as many healing foods as I can into my diet.
A few notes before I jump in: First, none of these links are affiliate links – I don’t get anything if you click them – I just wanted to provide further info for those of you who are interested.
Second, this is not intended as a guide for anyone else’s diet or healing regimen. This is just one part of my current healing plan, and these are foods that I have found to work for me in this phase of my healing journey. Everyone is different!
Okay, now that those are out of the way, let’s jump into it!
First Thing (9:30 AM):
Honey water (aka honey tea) with frankincense. (I forgot to take a picture because I had just woken up and my brain was still sleepy, but here’s a selfie from last week that I shared on Instagram.) Here’s how I make my honey tea: 1 tbsp raw honey + 1 cup warm water + 1-2 drops of food-grade frankincense oil. You could also add cinnamon, turmeric, and/or lemon for even more healthful benefits.
This drink is surprisingly filling, so I’m usually not hungry for another hour or so.
Breakfast (10:30 AM):
Coconut kefir with cinnamon. Y’all. Incorporating live probiotics into my daily diet has completely and legitimately turned my health around in just 2 weeks. I can’t overstate how much better I feel since eating them every day. This specific kefir has a yogurt-like consistency – much thicker than the more common liquid kefirs I’ve had before. I add cinnamon for the taste and it’s various benefits.
This Ancient Awakenings coconut kefir is amazing. Unfortunately, it’s not available everywhere because (from what I can tell) it’s just a small business that has only just started testing in a limited market – I’m beyond grateful that Nashville is one of the few places it’s available. Fingers crossed they’ll continue their expansion!
Turmeric (for inflammation and mood management), B12 (for energy and digestive support), vitamin D (for autoimmune support and overall health), magnesium (for energy and digestive support), and a glucosamine chondroitin & MSM complex (for gut & joint health). I take these with about a quart of water.
Lunch (12:45 PM):
Walnut bread (recipe previously shared here), topped with dill pickle sauerkraut. – This DELICIOUS, probiotic sauerkraut is from Whole Foods. The walnut bread is protein-packed and quite filling, so even though it doesn’t look like a lot, I didn’t get hungry again for a few hours.
Snack #1 (2:00 PM):
Pineapple juice. Pineapples are bursting with bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps with digesting protein.. great for anyone with digestive issues.
Snack #2 (3:45 PM):
Dinner (5:00 PM):
Home cooked sweet potato fries, a “sauercado” sprinkled with paprika, and a slice of walnut bread with almond butter & cacao nibs. A few notes: First, I had planned to roast a chicken for dinner and get a batch of bone broth going, but a pipe burst under our sink and threw off my plans for the rest of the day. Thankfully, it was an easy fix (Josh is my hero), but after all the clean up and everything I didn’t feel like spending any more time in the kitchen than I had to. So I threw some almond butter on a piece of walnut bread and called it my protein. Second, I actually saved the sauercado til later because I got full after eating the sweet potatoes & walnut bread.
From this point on, I got busy & then lost the light, so I abandoned the marble “countertop” (it’s actually just cheap contact paper laid out next to a window, shhhh) and took some quick, in-the-moment photos.
Evening Snack (6:00 PM):
Dried mulberries, cacao nibs, and bee pollen. I wasn’t super hungry, but I wanted something sweet and crunchy to snack on while I blogged. So I mixed up about 1/3 c of this superfood trail mix (added the bee pollen after taking the photo). This is a good combination because I’ve found that on their own, mulberries are a little too sweet, and cacao nibs are a little too bitter, but when you mix them together they taste kinda like actual chocolate.
Second Dinner (~9:00PM):
I finally finished my dinner (the sauercado pictured above, plus more sweet potato fries)
Bedtime Smoothie (10:00 PM):
Chocolate almond “milkshake” smoothie. 1/2 frozen banana, ~1/4 cup coconut kefir, 8oz unsweetened almond milk, a scoop of almond butter, 1 tsp cocoa powder, collagen powder, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla, and topped with cacao nibs.