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WEDDING NON-DIET

WEDDING NON-DIET

we're getting married in just over two months. H O L Y  C O W. it's all becoming so real and the next 9 weeks are filled with so many showers and parties, so much last-minute planning, and trying to stay sane throughout it all. 

like many brides, i'm trying to be as healthy as i can in the months leading up to the big day. eating clean, not drinking (too much), working out, intensifying my skincare routine, and taking care of myself mentally, too. 

but what i didn't want (even though we all want to be as comfortable in our skin on the big day as possible) was a quick fix. as i continue to lose post-college weight, i want a lifestyle that is sustainable even after october 13 comes and goes. here are a few meals that have been keeping me energized and feeling good through stressful days, hard workouts, and more.

 hardboiled eggs and fruit

i finally bit the bullet and tried out trader joe's everything but the bagel seasoning. it goes on everything if you're a salt fiend like me. for breakfast, i like to soft-boil two eggs (place over high heat in a pot with cold water, let the water boil, turn the heat off, let sit for 5 min, peel, and enjoy!) and sprinkle some of that good-good right on top. the perfect sweet counterpart to these savory bites is a generous helping of fresh berries.

 black bean sweet potato wraps

i work out most days at lunchtime or in the 5-o-clock hour. this means lunchtime is really important. i've been burned before by not eating enough before or after a workout and feeling super faint. to combat this, i like to eat a veggie-rich lunch with plenty of fiber, healthy fats, and protein. roasting a sweet potato and pairing it with black beans and broccoli rice is hearty and savory — douse it in hot sauce and wrap it all up in a spinach or chia seed tortilla to make it a little ~extra~. 

 blueberries and strawberries

i am a snacker. i work from home and if there are snacks within a 50-ft radius, i know about them and probably ate half the bag already. currently, i'm trying to train my mind to crave good snacks rich in complex carbs and low in (or devoid of) processed ingredients. so, out the fruit comes! this keeps me from getting hangry between meals or during a workout.

 roasted veg bowls

if you know me at all, you know that roasted veggie bowls are my jam. they make up 75% of our weekly meal rotation and they're endlessly customizable — perfect for dining solo, as a couple, or with the whole fam. this delicious concoction was so rich in veggies, protein, and healthy fat that we didn't even need rice. roast up a sweet potato (cubed), broccoli, and chickpeas with some olive oil, chili powder, cumin, paprika, chili flakes, and garlic, then top with fresh cilantro and half an avocado. SO GOOD.

HOMEMADE VEGAN ALOO GOBI

HOMEMADE VEGAN ALOO GOBI

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DOWNTOWN DSM FARMERS MARKET