Although I’ve been on a – simplify my life – journey now for the past seven years or so, I am finding such joy in simplifying my diet. Before going plant based, I was always in to really complex, intense foods – the more flavors, seasonings and toppings the better. However, as I’ve paired down my diet and started to eat only basic whole foods – my tastes have definitely changed. Now, I find myself eating very basic dishes with hardly anything additional added to it and the flavors of just the foods themselves are suddenly so rich and flavorful.
For example, last night I had a big bowl of boiled potatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions and garlic. I added a little Himalayan salt, fresh ground pepper and a few shakes of nutritional yeast. I am telling you, I was in heaven, each bite was SO good. I looked down at my bowl of food and couldn’t believe how satisfying it was. The meal took only a few minutes to put together, I chopped up the veggies and boiled them in water until the carrots and potatoes were soft. I strained the water and that was it, it was ready. Seriously, it took like 15 minutes. So simple and so good!
I am currently very happy eating very basic plant foods which are also inexpensive! This has change has given me more time and resulted in me spending a lot less each week on groceries. My grocery list each week looks like this: oatmeal, brown and white rice, red beans, black beans, chickpeas or white beans, veggies and fruit. That’s it!
On a few shopping trips, I do make purchases of things that last a bit longer and are a little pricier – things like tahini, miso, tamari and a sweetener. But more often then not, I am just buying the basics and they are so inexpensive.
So this is what I am advocating today, healthy whole food recipes that not only make you feel good, help you to lose weight, save you money AND simplify your life!
Today I’m sharing a summer fruit recipe salad – this idea can be adjusted to suit your tastes and you can use really any kind of fruits you have on hand. This takes a few minutes to whip up, we keep a big bowl of it in the fridge and it’s a delicious and quick salad to have on hand for breakfast (it tastes amazing on top of oatmeal or granola), lunch, dinner or a snack.
I use to always enjoy a fruit salad with a yogurt base before going vegan, and I thought I would miss the creaminess of the yogurt but this orange juice and fresh mint combination is way more flavorful, I am addicted to this fruit salad at the moment.
I hope you find ways to simplify your diet and your life this week – finding more time to enjoy your family and friends or to time devote to your self care practice (yoga, meditation, naps!).
Have a beautiful week, Lovelies!