WIAW – All About Balance

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Balance.  It’s damn hard, no matter what it pertains to!  Standing on one foot, eating right, exercising right, knowing when to stop working and relax a bit, and just finding that middle ground between not enough and too much.

That’s basically the underlying reason I started this blog.  Yes, I said it was to share my foodie adventures, but little did I know I had a long way to go to a truly ‘healthy’ lifestyle.  And the truth is I still have a way to go.  But I can happily say that I have come quite far since last year.  At least now I know how to get there.

An important part of this balance is knowing how to eat and live healthy, but not too healthy where you feel deprived.  So, for this What I Ate Wednesday, the focus is on balance.

Let’s check it out:


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Iced coffee with soy milk and banana.  Carbs and a bit of caffeine for energy and endurance, protein (from the milk) for power.  Light, but enough to get me through a moderate-intensity circuit workout.

Post-Workout (Breakfast):

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Giant green smoothie.  I drank some before I snapped the photo, oops.  1 serving protein powder for muscle recovery, 1/2 banana, kiwi, strawberries for sweetness and energy, spinach and spiraling for a nutritional boost, and a  mix of water and soy milk to blend.

I was really hungry before lunch, so I grabbed a small plum to hold me over while I put something together.


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Smörgås/tartine with gravlax (cured salmon) and goat cheese for protein, on dark rye for whole grains & carbs, plus a couple of handfuls of chopped veggies and hummus.


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(recycled photo)  Replaced the little sesame cookies with 1 square of 81% dark chocolate and that was my snack.  Fiber, carbs, protein, and a little treat.  Filling and satisfying, but not too much.


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I bet you couldn’t have guessed this one – zucchini noodles!  Yes, it’s one of my favorite (high raw!) meals, and I plan to do a post just highlighting zucchini noodles. But, in this bowl went – zucchini, chopped red pepper, fresh parsley, crushed tomatoes ($ saver) for veg, added basil tofu and a bit of quinoa for protein, plus avocado for healthy fat.  And flavor.  Sprinkled with a bit of cayenne for kick!

Dessert/night-time snack:

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I always get hungry at night right before bed.  So I try to kill the hunger beast about an hour or more before I plan to sleep.  I almost always go for something sweet.  This was a mix of frozen raspberries, about 1/4 cup yogurt (Alpro soya natural!), 1 tsp of nut butter – all mashed up so it almost had a froyo consistency.  I can imagine these ingredients make a delicious soft-serve treat all blended up! Light, and kept my night-time hunger at bay.

So there you have it – a balanced day.  This was a pure study-day (no classes) when I had time to prep and make food.  Yes, I still have many days when I am too busy or lazy to make a real meal and things get out of whack.  But I know that all it takes is preparation, and I’m working on it.

What is one of your favorite satisfying, filling, *balanced* meals?

How do you define balance when it comes to health?

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7 thoughts on “WIAW – All About Balance

  1. Hannah@mindrunningwild

    Balance. *Sigh* I wish this was easy. please do a post on zucchini noodles- how do you make them and do you have to have a spiraliser?
    I love soya yogurt. I had a pot of the natural kind for breakfast with some cinnamon. To die for and 20g protein! I find that my most satisfying, balanced meals include most of the major food groups. So much more satisfying than the mounds of veg I used to eat! I’m slowly learning.
    Also that eating before bed isn’t bad and it keeps me from waking up shaking with hunger!
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    1. Rachel Post author

      I don’t have a spiralizer, I use a julienne peeler – cheaper and smaller, but more on that later! I will seriously miss Alpro soya products, there isnt anything quite like it in the US. Learning is good – balance takes work, and every little bit counts!

  2. Carly

    Do you have a recipe for that basil tofu? Sounds delish and I just started getting some fresh basil from my mom’s herb garden; I’ve been adding it to everything!

  3. Maria

    That salad is incredible!! I’m in looooove with zucchini noodles :) I got most of my family hooked on them too! I never thought of using a julienne peeler, great idea!!


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