FEED YOUR SOUL
Instructors Reveal Their Essential Foods
November 12, 2014
Which foods do Soul instructors eat every single day? We asked 14 of them to share the daily staples they swear by…
I always, always have blueberries every single day.
I have “smoothie-time” every day! Smoothie-time is a smoothie consisting of frozen strawberries, a banana, almond milk, and Vega protein. Post-blend I add granola, almonds and a scoop of peanut butter. Yum-yum in my tum-tum! By making my own smoothie, I know exactly how much of what is going into my body. For example, the PB Acai Bowl at Juice Generation — while delicious, isn’t entirely nutritious!
Avocados! They go with everything, are full of tons of vitamins and minerals and happen to be seriously amazing in California.
I love cheese! I recently started dabbling in a vegan diet but will occasionally allow myself goat cheese, which has 1/3 less calories and fat as other cheeses, and is easier for the body to digest, but still with all the calcium and other nutritional benefits. Yum!
Everyday I try and eat something green. Whether it's kale, lettuce, Brussels sprout, string beans, etc. Green vegetables have a lot of vitamins, fiber, and are alkaline which helps boost your immune system and increase your energy.
The one food I must have every day is a piece of dark chocolate. I love chocolate and have a sweet tooth. It's key for me to have something sweet after my meal so my body knows my meal is over. I've found that a piece of dark chocolate does the trick; unlike milk chocolate (which I could eat an entire bar in one sitting) the dark chocolate satisfies my craving after just 1 square. By the way, it's quite fun to taste-test different brands as well as various flavors: sea salt, orange, bacon — I can go on, but you get the idea.
I'd say every day I enjoy some type of salad. I crave the crunch, variety and feel-good feeling afterwards!
I love apples! I keep at least one in my bag at all times... Quick, easy, and keeps the doctor away. Or so I hear...
I eat a lot of popcorn. Maybe not EVERY day...but definitely most days. I do a lot of snacking since I sit at my desk all day and air popped popcorn is my least-guilty option.
Lately my daily must have has been a packet of Arrowhead Mills Organic Oatmeal with flax. Fast and easy to eat on the go, I'll put it in a to go cup as I head out the door, or even make it at Soul between classes. A little sweet, hot and very satisfying! Egg whites are also a must! I keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge to grab on the go, love them in a salad, or when I am lucky enough to hang with the girls at the bagel store in Roslyn, scrambled on a sugar-free bagel!
EVE LYNN KESSNER
AVOCADO! Chock full of healthy fats, rich, awesome texture, filling, and cooling, I love everything about avocados and how they make me feel! Squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top and sprinkle some sea salt and you have the perfect snack!
On a daily basis I like to incorporate some sort of protein in my meal or meals. Even though it's not a food, a protein shake does really well. Also go with chicken or a protein bar (I love Quest bars because they are gluten-free and made with stevia extract so no sugar. I never like to eat anything that is going to weigh me down or make me tired/unmotivated. Always stick to what could energize you and fill you up at the same time.
Quest double chocolate chunk bars and Hu paleo bread rolls.
JULIE ANNE QUAY
Mung beans! They are a superfood. I would eat them for every meal if I they travelled well! (When they spill in your bag it's not a good look...) They are good for skin and anti-inflammatory, and they give me the energy that I need everyday. An uber-complex, complex carbohydrate… they are amazing!
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