When it comes to choosing what to eat, we are overwhelmed with copious amounts of contradictory information that we tend to get confused. It is important to fuel your body with the correct clean foods that are not only tasty but will enable you to feel amazing and perform at your full potential.
We spoke to Cherida Forde, our newest Vie Activist and owner of YP Active, to show you what a balanced diet of a fitness professional looks like. She is an expert in her field and understands the integral role that nutrition plays in leading a healthy and active life. She believes that a balanced diet is important where keeping it real with a cheeky snack or glass of wine every now and then is essential.
Snack after early morning gym session:
Protein shake mixed with Nuzest protein powder, acai powder and Moringa powder - mixed with water.
This is a bit of a random concoction that I have come up with, but now cant get enough of! Soaked Buckwheat, with sunflower seeds, Pepita's (pumpkin seeds), almonds and soaked dried figs. Blended together (similar consistency to porridge - but cold) served with cinnamon, bee pollen and fresh blueberries & strawberries.
Buckwheat - is a seed and has a nice nutty flavour. It is gluten free, low GI and high in amino acids, fiber and essential minerals maganese, magnesium, zinc and copper. Interestingly is also contains the amino acid trytophan which helps make serotonin- the feel good hormone! By added the other nuts and seeds your boosting omega 3, protein, fiber and healthy fats.
Not every day, but I do enjoy a soy latte during the week.
I like to make a rainbow coloured raw salad of grated beetroot and carrot, mixed in with kale, baby spinach, green peas, avocado, lemon juice and soft boiled egg. I often serve with a side of rye or spelt toast.
Not only all of my meals have to contain protein, carbs and healthy fats but colour! Beetroot is full of vitamins and minerals packed with powerful antioxidants. Kale a superfood in itself also being filled with antioxidants, a great anti-inflammatory, and high in iron just to name a few. I just LOVE avocado! It is the ultimate healthy fat and great in salads adding that creamy texture. The soft boiled egg is optional for added protein.
A hot cup of green tea and an apple
Atlantic Salmon (my absolute favourite!) brown rice noodles, steamed greens with a homemade ginger, garlic, chili, coconut oil sauce.
Atlantic Salmon is my favourite fish because it allows you to maintain optimal health benefits and is full of essential omega 3 fatty acids which helps with healthy skin, nails and hair. I have only recently discovered brown rice noodles in health food stores and they are an excellent source of low GI carbohydrates.
I am not a huge dessert person but if I was to have dessert it would be either Pana 85% dark chocolate or any dark chocolate raw dessert. They satisfy the sweetness cravings and give me a big antioxidant boost.
Remember that life is all about balance, having fun and sometimes letting your hair down so I do look forward to a glass of wine on the weekends!
I hope you have enjoyed spending the day with me and seeing what foods I choose that allows me to breeze through my day energised and feeling great!