A snow day feast for one
I tried to get my boyfriend to take off of work today so we could get our snow day pizza-making on, but apparently the stock market doesn’t close for blizzards boooo. So I took this day as a great opportunity to eat clean and nourish my body without any guilt! Truth be told though, I rarely feel guilty eating pizza. But what do you eat when you’re snowed in solo and can’t indulge because you have a sensitive tummy? Here are some healthy alternatives to the usual snow day junk food fest.
I read that sugar is one of the 4 digestive destroyers so I’m seriously trying to limit it to avoid any more tummy aches. I’ve cut sugar out of my morning coffee and tea and so far I don’t really miss it. I started the day with Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea. This satisfies my sweet tooth without the added sugar. If you happen to like your tea sweet, you can add honey as a natural alternative.
For brunch, I went with my go-to avocado toast. My version this morning was more like a guacamole toast because I added cilantro and tomatoes- Yum! I start with one avocado, a wedge of lemon, salt, and my bread of choice. I put the bread in the toaster oven while I prepare the avocado mash. Cut your avocado in half and scoop out into a molcajete. (Mine was a gift from Brazil, but I found an inexpensive version on Amazon for $13. Check it out here.) Add the rest of the ingredients in any order and smash it up! If you feel so inclined to add some protein to this light breakfast, add a fried egg. I added it, but after two bites I took it off because the avocado tasted so fresh that the egg just ruined it for me. Needless to say, I ate the egg afterwards.
Next up for dinner I made a big pot of chicken vegetable soup with chicken, carrots, celery, onions, kale, mushrooms and quinoa. This makes the whole house smell yummy! It’s very light, yet filling and will make for a few meals so that whatever I don’t eat within a few days, I freeze and have some stored away for when I need it! Chicken soup is always my favorite on really cold days or when I’m sick so it’s always nice to have some stocked up. To make, fill a big pot with cold water and add the chicken, some salt, and a bouillon cube. Let that boil for 30-50 minutes while you cut up the other veggies. After 30 minutes, take the chicken out and add the quinoa and veggies. Keep that on a low simmer while you peel the chicken. Add the peeled chicken back into the pot and cook on low for another 20 minutes or so. Sprinkle some cheese on top for added flavor.
It might sound as if I ate like a bird today, but I hydrated with lots of water, snacked on some fruit and was satisfied all day. A sensitive stomach will always haunt my life so sometimes I just have to reset. It’s not always easy or fun to eat healthy, but if you incorporate more of the good stuff on a daily basis, you don’t have to sacrifice all of the not-so-good stuff. You will feel better and your body will thank you for it. I’m sure there’ll be many more snow days of pizza and ice cream in my future, but for the time being I’m more cognizant of what I put in my body and I feel much better already.
What are some of your go-to snow day or healthy indulgences? Share with us in the comments section or tag us on Instagram @the_dailycroissant.