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7 Healthy Sparkling Tips From Breakfast to Dinner | Pinay.com

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Mirabai Sebastian

Being healthy shouldn’t be hard, it’s pretty simple, just think whole, fresh, and natural—unprocessed! Plant-based and vegan of course should also be on the list. I’m sure you’ve heard the popular phrase “You are what you eat” and it’s quite true.  Every 21 days our skin renews and the nutrients we put into our bodies are what makes up the new skin cells. So if we want to sparkle on the outside, we have to first sparkle on the inside. We should be eating food that is at it’s natural state, or at least the closest to it.

I do understand how many people still have a hard time thinking of healthy food to eat, so I’m going to share 7 healthy sparkling food for you to try from breakfast to dinner, all healthy, vegan and raw options you can choose from. (Check out Pinay.com’s series on Sparkling Tips)

Tip 1: Drink Fruit-Infused Water

It’s best to start your day off with a liter of water, so if you aren’t a huge fan of plain water, fruit-infused water may help you increase your water intake to keep you hydrated. How do I make it? Just cut up some fruit, put it in a jar or jug and fill it with water. Close it tight and leave it overnight in the fridge.

Tip 2:  Have Some Fresh Juice

Having some fresh juice is a great way to get raw nutrients into your system. If you’re going to be having it for breakfast, make sure to have a nice big serving to provide you with enough calories so you get enough energy. Juice up some fruits and vegetables and you’re good to go. This is a great choice as well if you’re going to be on the road.

Tip 3: Yes, More Fruit

Now this is the ultimate fast food. There is nothing faster than grabbing a bunch of bananas and peeling them. No processes involved, except for peeling, no preservative, but lots of potassium. Not in the mood for some bananas? Have a beautiful mono-meal of fruit or have a gorgeous fruit platter. Fruit is great because it’s high in water, fiber and nutrient-dense.

Tip 4: For Breakfast Try Green Smoothie

Not necessarily just for breakfast since I like to have this any time of the day, fresh fruit and vegetables are great to have all day. This is also a great way to get your greens in without having to have a huge salad. I’ve met quite a few people that don’t enjoy salads, but once they had a green smoothie, it got easier for them to get their daily dose of greens. Try to use whatever fruits and veggies you have locally so that it’s as fresh as possible. Look for some dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, romaine lettuce and others then find some sweet fruits, water and just blend it up in a blender. My all-time go-to would be spinach, romaine, and bananas with lots of water. Here is a simple Green Smoothie Recipe: 3 Cups chopped Romaine Lettuce, 1 Cup Spinach, 5 Bananas, 1 Mango, 3 cups Water  Blend up the greens with the water first, then add the fruits.

Tip 5:  Ice Cream, Anyone?

When we think of traditional Ice Cream, we think dairy, which is high in fat and not exactly the best for our health or the environment. We also tend to see it fall under dessert. Banana Ice cream can be eaten at any time of the day without feeling guilty. Sometimes I have it for breakfast, sometimes I have it for lunch, dinner or any time of the day. It’s simple, easy, and good for the body unlike regular ice cream. How do I make Banana Ice Cream? Just put frozen bananas in a blender or food processor and blend until you have the ice cream consistency you desire. If you have a yonanas machine then you have your work cut shorter. If you want different flavors, just add different fruits like mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Tip 6:  Noodles, Zoodles

Quite possibly one of my favorite dishes of all time because it’s just like eating pasta except your prep time is cut into just a few minutes and without any cooking. You could do a creamy cashewnara, a mango basil sauce, MangonaRaw, or some pesto! Keep it simple. You can use a spiralizer or a julienne peeler.

Tip 7:  Huge Bowl of Salad

I love ending my day with lots of fresh veggies. When I say salad I don’t mean a small low-calorie salad that will make you hungry in just a few minutes. I mean a huge bowl filled with vibrant vegetables. Find the veggies you like the best and work with those because if you put in ingredients you don’t like into your salad, you won’t eat it. (Another healthy Pinay is Remi Santiago Bautista. She manufactures her own organic medicine, “Her Inner Light Shines; Her Medicine Cures”.)

 All images are provided for by the author.

Mirabai Sebastian
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