What I Eat in a Day
 Yogurt & Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl | Empowered

Yogurt & Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl | Empowered

Breakfast 

Finding a breakfast that would  (1) be fast enough to make when I woke up late for class and (2) give me enough energy for my workout after class, was a challenge. I had heard of overnight oats, but despised the idea of having to make dinner in the evening and breakfast too. So I didn't. Instead, I just mixed all the same ingredients that were in the overnight oats recipe I had found (- milk, + cooked oats) together in the morning. Depending how late I actually wake up, I'll either just make instant oatmeal, or if I have a little extra time, I'll cook oats and add a little cinnamon so they don't taste as bland. Then, to finish, I mix the oats/oatmeal, 1 cup of yogurt, and whatever fruit I'm feeling that day in a bowl (it never looks as put together as it does in this picture). Lately, I've been feeling raw pomegranate seeds and a banana. Some days, on the side (or even on my walk to class), I'll have a handful of almonds or avocado toast with this.

 
  Buddha Bowl (with quinoa, sauerkraut, mushrooms, tomato, avacado, hummus, sweer potato, and orange bell pepper)  | Empowered

Buddha Bowl (with quinoa, sauerkraut, mushrooms, tomato, avacado, hummus, sweer potato, and orange bell pepper)  | Empowered

Lunch

On days I workout between breakfast and lunch, by the time lunch comes around I'm usually pretty hungry. A Buddha Bowl always fixes this. It also just happens to be a great option if you have a bunch of leftover veggies in the fridge or if you like to meal prep.

Dan Zigmond, the author of Buddha's Diet, explained to Epicurious, where the name Buddha Bowl may have come from; "Buddha woke up before dawn every morning and carried his bowl through the roads or paths wherever he was staying. Local people would place food in the bowl as a donation, and at the end he would eat whatever he had been given." Hopefully, you wont have to wake up before dawn and the furthest you'll have to walk to find food is to the fridge. 

So what do you grab when you finish your long walk to the fridge? The base is usually made of leafy greens, a protein packed grain such as quinoa, or both.  Top that with veggies (I like to add kale, bell pepper, mushrooms,  and sweet potato) and foods high in healthy fats such as avocado and hummus. Before you know it, you've packed all three macro-nutrients - protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats - all  into one bowl. 

If you need some extra inspiration, check out #buddhabowl on Instagram.

 
  Shrimp, tomato, and avocado salad; with olive oil dressing. | Empowered

Shrimp, tomato, and avocado salad; with olive oil dressing. | Empowered

Dinner 

When I first made this for my boyfriend, Isaiah, I knew he would like it. What I didn't know is that he'd like it so much that I would overhear him telling his friends all about it. "Guys, I had a salad the other day for dinner..it was just a salad. But, it was so good and so filling. I swear you would be full after eating it." And since it was "just a salad", it only took about 10 minutes to make. 

(1) Cook and peel the shrimp.  (2) Dice up a tomato and slice open an avocado. Keep one half for now, and put the other half in the fridge for avocado toast or your buddha bowl tomorrow. (3) Then its your pick, choose one or mix and match - spinach, kale, and/or lettuce. Throw it all together, drizzle some olive oil on top (or your favorite dressing), and you're finished. It really is as easy as 1,2,3.

And like Isaiah said to me when he first had it, "You gotta get the tomato, avocado, and shrimp all in one bite. It's so good."


Comment down below if you plan on making any of these quick and easy recipes and make sure to take a picture and tag me in it on Instagram when you do. I would love to see what you come up with!