While I would describe myself as an intuitive eater (meaning I listen to my body and eat what I feel I need, when I feel I need it) if I had to subscribe to a diet it would probably most closely resemble a mediterranean diet. I eat a little of everything, more plants than anything and very few grains because I don’t digest them well.
At home I don’t really cook meat, so any animal based protein need to be quick and easy - just like the meal itself. My lunches and dinners usually surround a similar formula that keeps me energized and nourished. Switching up the ingredients keeps me from getting bored!
I usually include a mixture of items from each of the 4 categories below, depending on what I’m in the mood for and have on hand. And no, I am not sponsored by Trader Joes I just happen to love a ton of their products!
STEP 1: BASE OF GREENS
Cooked kale (easier to chew and more nutritious when lightly cooked)
Raw alfalfa sprouts
Raw lettuce mix (I love Bowery Greens)
Trader Joes Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix (easy way to sneak in variety, raw or lightly sauteed)
Broccoli slaw (slivered raw broccoli you can buy in the salad isle)
Cooked Brussels sprouts
Cooked cauliflower rice (love the cauli-broccoli-onion mix in the refrigerated isle at Trader Joes)
STEP 2: THE HEARTY PART
Sardines (Loaded with Omega-3’s) cold and chopped into a raw salad these give a great saltiness! Try adding lemon juice and/or mustard if the flavor is too strong at first)
Tuna (skipjack/canned light is lower in mercury)
Cooked sweet potato
Cooked mung beans
Chickpeas - sometimes sauteed with seasonings or even just a little salt and pepper!
Lightly pan fried polenta in olive oil
Black or wild rice, pre-soaked and cooked for 2+ hours to make it easier to digest. (Often I add bone broth around half way through.)
Black bean or edamame noodles
STEP 3: SPICE IT UP
Fresh cracked black pepper (helps digestion and nutrient absorption too!)
Zataar seasoning (I use Ottolangi but can’t seem to find it online)
A seasoned salt or Trader Joes Everything But the Bagel seasoning
Lemon tahini dressing (mix the two with a little olive oil to desired taste and consistency!)
STEP 4: TOP IT OFF
Crumbled, herbed Feta