As a nutritionist and healthy food advocate, the most common question I get is, “What do you eat every day, Marni?!”
Today, I am going to spill the beans, literally. Dish out the goods on what a day looks like for me from breakfast through dinner with all the in-betweens.
First off, I’m going to start by sharing that I am human, and I believe in moderation and balance. With that being said, some may still call me “extreme”, as no matter what, there are some foods I will not allow into my diet, such as meat, dairy, seafood, white sugar, processed foods. There are others that I am more flexible with, but you’ll have to read on to find out! At the end of the day, I eat a pretty darn clean vegetarian, wheat free diet that is loaded with superfoods, nutrients, enzymes, protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Yes, it really is easy to be healthy.
So here goes!
I usually start my day with either a glass of water (sometimes with lemon) or a green juice. However, if I plan on working out early, I’ll always have Vega Sport with Ormus Supergreens with coconut or maple water. It’s my absolute favorite morning elixir. Whether it’s lemon water or my elixir, these tasty morning drinks start my day. It not only gets me moving, but get’s things moving internally (if you know what I mean).
- Usually a smoothie, bulked up with superfoods and greens, then topped with some granola, bee pollen or goji berries. You can even transform it into a smoothie bowl!
- Oatmeal with cinnamon, figs, raisins, almond butter & rice milk
- Chia cereal porridge
- Sprouted spelt bread with almond butter
- Homemade carrot ginger muffin with a Sun Warrior shake (1 scoop Sun Warrior + rice or almond milk)
- Vegetable juice (kale, celery, cucumber, apple, ginger)
- Trail mix
- Apple with almond butter
- Vegan protein smoothie or chocolate elixir
- Sun Warrior with rice milk
- Homemade muffin, loaf or treat with nut butter
- Dark raw or vegan chocolate
- Vegetable juice
- Or any of these treats that come in convenient packages
Lunch and or Dinner:
- Salad with sprouts, avocado, veggies, nuts and seeds with homemade dressing
- Sprouted wrap with hummus, falafel and fresh veggies
- Quinoa or millet with kale, veggies, and tahini dressing or other homemade “sauce”
- Vegetable soup puree with sprouted bread or salad
- Steamed veggies with whole grain (rice, quinoa) and tempeh or veggie burger with baked sweet potato and tahini
- Big bowl of miso soup with noodles, veggies, and sprouted tofu
- Brown rice pasta with vegan pesto and veggies
Marni’s Fast Food
- Veggie Burger either homemade (from freezer) or from Sunshine Burger on salad, wrap or grain
- Nori Roll with veggies
- Leftovers from dinner or lunch
It’s not often, but if I’m not cooking I can be found at one of these restaurants in Toronto:
- Live Food Bar
- Kale Eatery
- Pizza Libretto
- Magic Oven
- Urban Herbivore
- Cruda Café
- The Beet
- Loving Hut
Just so you know…
I believe in the 80/20 rule. There has got to be some balance in your life. I feel if that if you are eating well most days of the week (80% of the time) then you’re on your way towards healthy eating. My 20 is not typical. It’s usually a dessert from Sweets From the Earth or some Coconut Bliss Ice Cream. Delicious, organic, and nothing to feel super-guilty about. After all, it’s not like I’m going to give into a cheeseburger and french fries!
Let your 20% be just for you – whether it be that something you crave or leaving room for eating out at dinner – things do happen to come up! Just remember to stay on top of yourself and your foods 80% of the week, so the majority of the time, your body is being nourished with healthy ingredients.
You can get more delicious knowledge by checking out Marni’s Weekday Meal Planning e-book, available here: http://www.marniwasserman.com/ebooks/
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When you are as immersed in the nutrition and wellness field as I am – it’s hard not to classify yourself as a junkie. Most of the time, it’s for personal pleasure and just plain old keeping up to date with the latest! But more often then not, things are loaded on my plate? (No pun intended). Meaning – because I am in this line of work, people naturally approach me and ask all kinds of questions. Which is great, keeps me on my toes – but sometimes I don’t have the time or all the answers. That is why it is important that people empower themselves and become their own junkies. Find out what’s real and what’s not.
Which is great to a certain extent. We are in at age in society where we have everything we need available at our fingertips. Almost everything can be found online, in a book, magazine or health food store. This can be confusing and overwhelming though, as there is SO MUCH information out there. I’ll admit, it is tough when you are sitting at home by yourself trying to sift through articles, books and web pages…so why not get off your butt and experience your health in real life!
If you have the opportunity to go to a venue where all like-minded individuals and experts in the field come together for a weekend to bring you all of their wellness services, products, specialty foods and more – then why not take advantage. What I am talking about here is the…
It is at Metro Toronto Convention Center (North Building) – there will be a plethora of goodies to choose form, a range of talks, lectures and workshops to attend – and you may just get to experience whole health at first hand in person.
So on November 26, 27 or 28th – come and make it out to the show. I will not have a booth at this show – but I will be there walking around, schmoozing and saying hi to all my like minded “nutrition junkie” friends!
Hope to see you there!
UPDATE: I HOPE YOU MADE IT OUT THIS WEEKEND!
If you didn’t, here is a brief description of what you missed and what you can look forward to the next time you attend. I came on Friday night and again on Sunday. One day is never enough, especially when I have so many people to say hello to and so many goodies to pick up. Some of my favourite people to visit and products to pick up are :
Natural Calm: My good friends Dale and Linda are the perfect team to represent this amazing product line. Natural powdered magnesium, relaxes your body, calm’s your nerves (literally) and makes for a nice elixir before bedtime. Having trouble sleeping and keeping your leg’s still? Then you need a daily dose of magnesium. I should also mention that you can only absorb the calcium in your body with enough magnesium. Dale and Linda are also the people who I went to Africa with in May. A large portion of their proceeds go towards Organics 4 Orphans – and incredible organization that supports communities in Kenya to eat more Greens!
The Fairy’s Tonic: Zoey is miss Kombucha herself. This is one of the tastiest fermented health promoting beverages you will ever drink. Just 1 oz, and your body and mind are buzzing. Sip before or after any meal throughout the day and your body will be very happy!
Vega: For incredible, raw, vegan, plant based supplements – Vega has it all. Bars, shakes, smoothies to go. You don’t need to think twice about getting healthy food in on the go. Vega’s products are so complete and well rounded, loaded with protein, fiber and slow burning carbs you will feel amazing all day long!
Raw Elements: My friends Dawn and Brent are behind this amazing company. They are my supplier for all good things raw from goji berries, probiotics to my favourite protein powder Sun Warrior. If you didn’t get any at the show, you can order online and use the coupon code MW007 to get 5% off your order.
Upaya Naturals: An incredible resource for all your raw supplements, foods and equipment. They are always up to date with the latest products. Even the incredible cashew ice cream I mentioned last week from Blue Mountain Organics.
Some new friends include:
Girlnola: Stephanie is just buzzing with energy. Her granola is packed with antioxidants and superfoods. She also makes yummy truffles that are delicious and make great little gifts especially for the holidays.
Nud Fud: With Julia you will get a collection of healthy, organic and even raw bars, chips and cereals. Loaded with whole foods like nuts, seeds, dried fruits and veggies.
Some other Fav’s
This past weekend, I participated in my very first trade show at the Holistic World Expo…and my booth was a hit!
I met so many wonderful people, some of which will be new cooking class participants!
It was so great to be out there in the public, showing my face, my brand and my business to the people in Toronto who didn’t know that I existed.
It was also exciting to meet people were interested in the Delicious Knowledge that I had to offer – meaning there was really an active interest in healthy, organic eating! It is refreshing to see that people really do want to take control of their health and well-being and learn how to cook and prepare simple, delicious and balanced meals. I am proud and excited to be that catalyst!
If nothing else, people walked away from my booth this weekend learning at least one thing on a specific ingredient or nutrition related question- which is my ultimate goal and passion in this business joy – to educate anyone and everyone on all things food and nutrition!
So overall the goal of the weekend was to meet new people and that is exactly what I did! I made new friends with other vendors at the show, met wonderful people who attended the show and even more exciting – I have new cooking class participants!
I just wanted to share this wonderful occasion with all of your who read my blog and take interest in what I have to say and what I do.
Please feel free at anytime to share you questions, comments or anything else you would like to say on my blog page – or you can email me at anytime!
Thank You for Your Support!
I am completely, wholly and utterly passionate about food. Whole foods that is! I love anything that has to do with nutrition, the body and food preparation. I am also passionate about educating people. I love to show people how they can learn to eat healthy foods at home with simple and effective methods to prepare them. Teaching cooking classes is completely rewarding. I get the chance to meet new people all the time, answer questions and concerns they may have about specific foods or recipes, and the best part is watching people create delicious recipes and enjoying every bite of them!What do I want to share with my clients: