Favorite Foods Thursday

by Eva @ Committed2Nutrition on July 26, 2012

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Hey all.. happy-almost-weekend. Are they weeks just flying by or what? Zumba® Master Class Tomorrow Evening…..You obviously can’t tell how excited I am :)

Today I wanted to share my favorite foods this week. I get asked a lot by co-workers and Zumba students what I am eating. So what better day than to show some of them on the good ole’ blog. Maybe this should be a weekly thing.. hmmm.. but that may bore you all to tears since I often eat the same things from week to week, ha. So let’s list ‘em, shall we?

1. Blueberries. Since they are in season, I am loving fresh blueberries on top of my oat bran concoction for breakfast. It adds the perfect touch of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the greek yogurt. I don’t mind frozen at all, but there is something better about a fresh blueberry, IMO. They are obviously also really good for you, too. A few health benefits are:

  • Highest antioxidant of all fresh fruit
  • Neutralizes free radical objects in the body
  • Aid in reducing belly fat
  • High in Fiber which helps to dissolve the “bad cholesterol”, which also aids in reducing heart disease Source
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2. Chia Seeds. I love how big and plentiful these little seeds make my breakfast (see #1). Health benefits here. To name a few: high in omega 3′s, full of fiber, and good for digestion, PLUS they absorb 10x their weight in water, so you feel like you are eating more than you are. Of course I love that! Volumetric’s is a great way to eat (you can do this with vegetables, too. “Adding in more veggies crowds out the junk”) I add one tablespoon every morning to my oat bran. Notice the measuring spoon in the container :) With teaching so much Zumba, I try to keep my in-take of Omega 3′s high. I am definitely not as sore increasing them – I don’t think, at least.

3. Almond Milk. I drink probably 2-3 servings of this on any given day. Hence why I need to buy 2-3 half gallons weekly. I am obsessed, and only buy the regular unsweetened. I used to get the Vanilla unsweetened, but I like how the regular really has more of that almond taste I am after. I love how it blends in my morning shake before I head to work (I mix 1 cup almond milk with who-knows-how much cocoa powder, Truvia, and some vanilla whey protein), and I love how it tastes with my cereal concoctions (found here). At 30 calories per cup, you won’t get off track with calorie goals {The only calories I really like to drink come in the form of alcohol..oops}. This “milk” is loaded with calcium, too. Can’t beat that fo’ sho’.

4. Cocoa Powder. I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Who doesn’t love chocolate? It makes my smoothie’s and greek yogurt mixes taste amaaazing and full of flavor. Not to mention there also some health benefits:

  • 2 tablespoons have only approximately 20 to 25 calories
  • Contains antioxidants
  • May lower LDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of blood clots, increase blood flow to the arteries, lower high blood pressure, boost cognitive performance and provide essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. Source

I also made chocolate “frosting” the other day using this. I combined approximately 2 tablespoons of cocoa, and then enough SF Maply Syrup to swirl it all around and make it thick like actual frosting. OH MY GOD, this was so good!

5. Vanilla Extract. Just a tiny drop of this adds tremendous flavor to anything, especially baked goods and smoothies, and a little bit goes a long way. I usually add it to my morning shake for a hint of sweetness. What have I been doing for so long without this?!

6. Sriracha. I am obsessed with anything and everything spicy. I add this spicy-goodness to all my salads and whatever meat I am eating. I can’t get enough. And it is said that anything spicy raises your metabolism since your body has to work harder to cool its temperature, or something like that.. sounds good to me!

7. My usual Arugula and Basil. I have brought a small container of this to eat with my salads everyday at work. I just can’t get enough of the flavors. It makes me really enjoy my salad-with-chicken-lunches day after day.

So that is my Thursday, friends! I do truly enjoy everything I eat, or else I wouldn’t eat it. Some who are new to my blog may find some of this “weird”, but I promise it is all so good. The possibilities with these health foods are truly endless. 

Question of the evening: What are all of your favorite foods this week? I love new food finds, so tell me :)

Here is to a happy and healthy up-coming weekend. Slow down, take it all in, and most importantly, enjoy life. Until next time!

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Danielle (@CleanFoodCreativeFitness) July 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

What a great post! You should totally join in on a what I ate wednesday for a week and share your eats that way! I love the “crowding” out theory we are learning! It makes so much more sense than cutting things out of your diet completely! I love unsweetened vanilla almond milk but I might just have to try the regular now! My food find this week was adding frozen dark sweet cherries to my smoothie! It was delicious! Have a great night!!! Can’t wait to hear all about the master class tomorrow! Have fun :)


Eva @ committed2nutrition July 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

Hey lady! I may join in next week.. I eat so boring sometimes that I don’t think a post would be fun to read with my lame food :) Crowding out theory makes so much sense.. thank you IIN! ha. OHHH frozen dark cherries?? I am not a huge cherry fan but anything frozen and in a smoothie tastes fab. Have a great weekend and I AM SURE I will be blasting FB, Twitter, and C2N blog with master class recaps :)


wishandwhimsy July 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Great round up of favorite foods. Like you, I LOVE blueberries. Also, random, I’m loving on Romaine Lettuce, Basil, and cinnamon…I use cinnamon in EVERYTHING.


Eva @ committed2nutrition July 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

I love this!! I need to try cinnamon with romaine and basil, that good eh? Cinnamon is awesome and so many health benefits, too! I totally should have included that. Nothing like fresh blueberries, yeah?!


healthcraved July 27, 2012 at 8:48 am

I love blueberries too! Lately I’ve been eating a lot of nectarines. They are so delicious right down to the pit!


Eva @ committed2nutrition July 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

Ohhhh ya know, believe it or not, I am not sure if I have ever had a nectarine. Thank you for mentioning!


clare @ fittingitallin July 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

I eat all of those daily:)


Eva @ committed2nutrition July 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

yeahhhh buddy!! :) can’t go wrong. I have almost plowed through a 16oz container of blueberries in 1.5 days. SORRY IM NOT SORRY!


aenoser July 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Have to agree with the blueberries! Berries are in season and are just soo good right now!


Eva @ committed2nutrition July 28, 2012 at 8:10 am

mmmmm good..fresh fresh fresh!


Beanie Bumbles July 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I agree with so many of these! I can’t live without eggs, almond butter, dark chocolate and Greek yogurt. What would life be like without all of our fun (and healthy!) goodies?!


Eva @ committed2nutrition July 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

You are so cute :) I don’t know what I’d do without these plus so MANY others. Oat bran, oatmeal, peanut butter, COFFEE, veggie burgers (true story), and CEREAL. Have a great weekend Laura!


K.E.P.T. You Fit July 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

Great food choices! I’m interested in becoming a health coach- do you recommend integrative nutrition?


Eva @ committed2nutrition July 28, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hey Katie! I just checked out your blog and love it! you are so passionate about health and fitness and it’s so inspiring. Anyway, I definitely recommend IIN. I admit I am not pursuing it actively since I love my day job as an Accountant and I teach Zumba at night, but if I were to make the switch from corporate america to health full blown, I think IIN was a great way to do it and a great certification. They really emphasize bio-individuality in that what works for one, may not work for another. And to be honest, I never really realized that concept until IIN. I thought everyone should do what I do, ha. Feel free to ask me any questions!


Burt Sarabia July 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

I like to eat some chia seeds because it is also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They are very nutritious just like flax seeds. *`**,

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Ronnie Benyard October 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

i really love almond milk because it also imparts some supplements and trace minerals in our body. *

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Marry Tubb November 14, 2012 at 6:21 am

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Graham Zammetti February 19, 2013 at 3:42 am

Almond milk is easy and fun to make and doesn’t require housing a cow. Almond milk doesn’t promote mucus, digestive issues or disrupt your endocrine system like milk can do. Almond milk is perfect for those who can’t digest the casein protein or break down the sugar in milk, butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream and all dairy products. Almond milk is a great dairy alternative for those with autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Almond milk is high in protein, low in fat and perfect for those with diabetes.*

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