I Ate Like Sh*t in March, Get Back on Track with Me
I traveled and entertained 22 days in March, WOW! 22 days is more days than I traveled in all of 2015!
Mathew and I are blessed that so many visitors could make the trip to Ireland in March. We really had the best time seeing family and friends and touring all the beauty that Ireland offers. Hopefully you saw our first trip to the Aran Islands, and our St. Patrick’s Day celebration (if not click the hyperlinks to see each post). We also enjoyed time in the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, and Dublin. And then once all the visitors left, I made a quick 4-day trip to Madrid, Spain to visit friends. (Note, to expand and view the pictures individually on a smart phone simply hold one of the images until a drop down appears, select 'open', then scroll through the images)
Sounds like the best month ever, right? It was in terms of experiences and memories but in terms of my diet, it was horrible. I am not disciplined when I eat out. I want to, and do, order the Guinness Pie, a pint, and dessert. I also want to take visitors to restaurants that cook great food, and that doesn’t always translate to healthy. Do not ask me how many times I ate fish and chips or how many tinto de veranos I drank in March, oh boy.
Luckily, I grew up in a home where healthy food was always served (sometimes annoyingly always served) so I know what healthy eating looks like and I know how to get back on track once I am home.
So, I have been home for 1 week and making a point to eat clean.
Here is a sample of what clean eating looks like to me for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I start my day with water. Lots of water. Unbelievably, this is something I skip when I travel. Who has time to run to the bathroom when you’re touring. When I’m home I drink about 25 oz of water to start my day. And keep drinking it throughout the entire day. Aiming for about 75 oz a day.
To go along with my water, I’ll make a Smoothie Bowl. Recipe below.
Raspberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
Add to a blender and blend
- 1 banana
- 1 handful of frozen raspberries
- 1 handful of greens
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 Tablespoons a chia seeds*
- ¼ teaspoon maca powder*
- ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder*
- ¼ cup of water
Pour blended smoothie into bowl and top with homemade granola*
- Chia Seeds, I add chia seeds to help keep me full between breakfast and lunch.
- Maca Powder, I add maca for a natural hormonal balance which helps keep my skin clear.
- Turmeric Powder, I add turmeric to aid with sore muscle. When I’m home I workout 3-4 times a week, something is always sore.
- Homemade Granola, I use homemade granola to avoid the extra sugar and preservatives found in store bought granola.
Sometimes I like being basic, and if I’m going to eat basic I’m going with Avocado Toast, duh. I add a sliced hard boiled egg and roasted chicken for protein and to make a substantial meal.
Chili! Yes, I eat red meat when I’m eating clean. I probably would skip this ingredient in the States and substitute turkey burger. But since the beef I eat in Ireland is local, literally slaughtered miles from my home, I use this ingredient here.
My chili is not going to win any cook-off competition but I’m okay with that because mine is loaded with vegetables (onion, celery, peppers, corn, tomatoes), beans, and my own seasonings so I can control the salt and eliminate preservatives.
Thank you for reading. I would LOVE to know your tips and tricks for eating clean while traveling. Comment below, email me, get in touch anyway possible!
**Disclaimer: I’m not a dietitian or a healthcare professional. These are simply the foods that energize me and make me feel good about myself.