Happy healthy hump day!
Celebrate with something delicious.
When I wake up in the morning, the promise of food gets me out of bed. It’s not because I wake up starving, it’s because breakfast is my first chance to treat myself in the morning. I always spend a little extra time crafting my first meal: it puts me in a better mood for the rest of the day.
Too often, we feed ourselves with whatever is easy and nearby. Convenience has begun to define the Western diet, but you deserve more than that bag of chips or pale, spongy turkey sub. Eating is a necessity, but we should never take it for granted. If you eat 4 – 6 meals a day, you have 4 – 6 opportunities to treat yourself to a beautiful and healthy experience.
You don’t have to put a lot of work into cooking for yourself, just do what ever makes you happy. Beautifying your diet is as simple as choosing the most vibrant fruits and vegetables when you’re shopping at the store. You taste with your eyes first, so take pride in the dishes you present to yourself. Treat every meal like you’re going to put it on Instagram, even if you’re eating an apple with nut butter, try arranging the apple slices in a fan and garnishing your nut butter with cocoa nibs or dried fruits. Add fresh cucumber and mint leaves to your water bottle, simply because it makes hydration more fun.
Treat meal times as a sacred offering and ritual. Spoil yourself with something delicious, nutritious, and beautiful because you deserve it. All of the extra care and attention that you pay to your nutrition is an investment into your future
Baby Spinach, Apple, and Cheddar Salad
- 2 cups baby spinach, packed
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 ounce raw cheddar, shredded
- 1/2 ounce pepitas
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt + pepper
To make the dressing, combine vinegar, mustard, honey, and salt. Whisk until combined. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking continuously.
In a small bowl, toss the apple in the lemon juice and set aside.
Add spinach to a salad bowl. Sprinkle with apple, cheddar, and pepitas. Drizzle vinaigrette over the salad, and toss to combine. Garnish with black pepper.