Today was a day filled with what I like to call “healthy” indulgences. It was just one of those days where I was craving snacks and hearty meals, so I let myself indulge. I’m never one to deny myself dessert or bread or cheese or Nutella if I’m really craving it. To me, eating healthy isn’t about extremes. It’s not about going gluten-free or vegan or paleo or raw. It’s about balance. I try to eat as many fruits and veggies as I can. But if I want a treat, I usually have it. In moderation of course 🙂
Anyway…since I knew from the moment I woke up that it was going to be one of those days, I figured I would start off on the right foot by making fresh juice.
Carrot, celery, cucumber, lemon & grapefruit juice.
Juice ingredients 🙂 !
After my juice, I was more in the mood for a light breakfast so I went with a small snack.
Handful of almonds, 1 banana, and hazelnut black coffee.
At around 12pm, I REALLY wanted cheese! LOL. So I decided to have this:
Red delicious apple, grapes, and cheddar cheese.
Eventually, I was hungry for an actual meal. But again, I wanted something warm and hearty and cozy. So I made this:
Roasted asparagus and tomato with penne.
- asparagus (cut into quarters)
- 1 cup of whole grape/cherry tomatoes
- olive oil (for roasting)
- salt and pepper
- a little over 1 cup of penne
Again, since this was my day of “healthy” indulgences and since I really wanted that cookie yesterday, I let myself have the most delicious chocolate hazelnut biscotti.
Then it was time for me to head out to teach for a few hours.
I taught three classes tonight: two ballet, one pointe. We already started nutcracker rehearsals, which is always exciting 🙂 (Any ballet dancers out there can sense my sarcasm). Nutcracker is awesome and festive and makes you reminisce, but it’s something that most ballet dancers do every year…for like 15 plus years… so.. you can imagine it may not be a ballet dancer’s favorite. Anyway, I really enjoy teaching and choreographing because I love getting my students to do something that they didn’t think was possible. I love helping them find ways to achieve even the most minor goals. AND I love getting my students motivated when they’re just not feeling it or would rather be doing something else. These are two things that I’m hoping to carry forward as a future physician with future patients (I’ll let you know how that goes 🙂 ).
Little snack in between classes: Spinach, banana, mango, strawberry, pineapple smoothie. If you drink a green smoothie it cancels out the cookie right? 🙂
When I got home from teaching I assembled this wonderful dinner in less than 2 minutes:
Leftovers from lunch and some random veggies and humus. Weird combo, but it did the trick.
So this was today. Even though I had some pasta and some cheese and a cookie, I also ate 15 different fruits/vegetables. My brain was satisfied and I still felt pretty energized and full throughout the day. As long as you don’t have any health issues (high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.), I personally believe it’s okay to allow yourself to indulge (as long as you work hard to include fresh fruits and veggies, and you don’t go crazy and eat a ton of Doritos like I did a few weeks ago!).
Do you guys have any “healthy” indulgence ideas? Post a comment below!