Tips and Tricks for Clean Eating

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to prepping food it sometimes feels like a constant battle I can’t seem to conquer. That is until I get myself organized and realize how easy my life could be if I stayed organized…

Now I am not the best at organizing, so I figured why not come up with a few “life hacks”. So far I think that I have really been able to outdo myself with minimal effort, take it of course that you might know a thing or two and I am just not coming to the realization, but in all honesty I am pretty pumped about these hacks so I will just take my little victory lap here and leave it at that.

So without further, I will let you in on a few foodie secrets of mine to keep healthy habits and clean eating a breeze!

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• Hack #1: Freeze Smoothie components in an Ice Cube tray!

Wait…do what? Okay, so this might sound strange, but hear me out! I love to have a smoothie every morning or at least once a day. They are easy to digest, I can get most of my supplements in and taste like candy…most of the time.

SO the problem with smoothies is that I try to keep them low GI aka not a lot of fruit, but we all know frozen fruit is what makes them so creamy and delicious right...?

What I like to do is add in things like avocado, pumpkin, coconut milk, coconut yogurt, and sweet potato so to make the ingredients last longer I take Ice Cube trays and freeze cubes of whatever items I have on hand that week. This way I can mix and match to make unique flavors and also keep my smoothies creamy and thick without sacrificing taste!

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• Hack #2: Frozen Vegetables

I love every meal except for lunch, part of the reason is that it’s a reminder I have 4 hours left in the workday but mainly because it’s just a pain to think about making it. Not to say lunch is bad or that I don’t enjoy it, but it is so easy to run out of time to make a good lunch if you don’t have leftovers handy.

This is why I but frozen vegetables! I swear it’s like a lightbulb went off in my head last week when I stocked up on about 8 different bags of frozen vegetables and began using them for lunches.

What I typically do is either make a large batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and vary between that and eggs for my protein. Then in the morning I choose a mixture of vegetables and throw them in a pan with some water, coconut amino, a handful of spinach and spices. I leave them to cook for about 5 minutes while I blend up my smoothie and voila I have perfectly cooked nutrient-dense lunch to look forward to that took basically no time at all!

These are two of my favorite hacks lately that really have been making all the difference when it comes to preparing healthy and nutritious meals to get me through my day!

What are some of your favorite healthy habit hacks to keep you fueled and feeling your best?

Thank’s again for stopping by!

-Sonya Peacocke

Low Sugar Smoothie

Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl

When I began the candida diet I quickly found out that my sweet tooth was extremely limited. Limited that is, until I found out that you can make smoothies that taste and look like Ice Cream!

Unfortunately most smoothie bowl recipes include bananas which are too high sugar for the Candida diet so of course I had to create my own recipe. My goal here was to keep it lower in sugar while keeping the taste and consistency on point.

So here is the smoothie recipe you have been awaiting for!

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Ingredients

·         1/3rd cup frozen Dark Cherries ( Make            sure they are not sweetened*)

·         2-4 ice cubes

·         1 Tbsp. Almond Butter

·         1 Tbsp. Avocado

·         2Tbsp Anthony’s Pea Protein

·         1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

·         Handful of Spinach or Kale

·         2-3 drops of stevia

Top with my Chocolate Granola, Chia Seeds, Cashews, Coconut, etc. & Enjoy!

Best Matcha Latte

Cheers to the best Matcha you'll ever have! 

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If you read my last blog post, you'll know that within the last year I have almost completely given up coffee because it was causing unwanted stress to my hormones and anxiety.

Quitting coffee was not easy, taking some trial and error to find a drink that I would enjoy and give me healthy energy to start my day. I was thankful when I discovered Matcha in the form of lattes at a local coffee shop, but quickly realized that it was full of refined sugar, powdered milk, and other ingredients that shouldn't be sipped in a take-a-way cup..or any cup. 

This is a recipe I created to replace the "healthy" junk with this Matcha made in the comfort of my own kitchen, which not only tastes out of this world with its frothy perfection, but is also great for your health!

·         1 tsp Matcha: Antioxidants & Sustained Energy

·         1 tsp Chlorella: Detoxifying

·         1 Tbsp Collagen: Can aid in the repair of leaky gut

·         Dash of Cinnamon: Lowers blood sugar

·         5 drops Stevia or any other sweetener of choice. 

·         8oz unsweetened nut milk

This drink is perfect hot or cold!

ICED
Blend all of the ingredients and pour over ice.

HOT

Blend together ingredients with 8oz how water and 4oz almond milk.  

Give this drink a go and let me know how you enjoy it!  

Pssst* check out why I quit coffee in the first place here https://www.sonyasopencupboard.com/

5 Ingredient Gluten Free Granola

As you might know or not know I am a HUGE chocolate fanatic. I also am quite fond of creating healthy foods that can pass as a dessert or a meal! This Chocolate granola meats all the requirements of a healthy gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan alternative to the sugar and additive filled products you might find in the cereal aisle.

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INGREDIENTS 

·         1 cup Gluten Free Oats

·         1/4th cup Cocoa Powder

·         2 Tbsp Coconut Oil  

·         Pinch of salt

·         Sweetener to taste

Mix all the ingredients together.

Feel free to add any extras you might enjoy such as coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, etc. The beauty of this recipe is that it’s so simple and adjustable to whatever you prefer!

You can also chose to eat it raw or toast it in a skillet on medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Once it are done enjoy as a meal, snack or topping for your favorite treats such as ice cream, yogurt and smoothies!