I’ve completed the first day and a half of two weeks of Sakara Life. I am writing this as I eat my gluten-free, dairy-free, organic artichoke and zucchini lasagna. The containers Sakara meals come in suggest heating up certain dishes. This one is great warm. I just got out of HIIT class, so I added a little extra nutritional yeast for protein and B vitamins!
When I’ve done Sakara in the past, I’ve realized how much I snack! I forget that I only have three meals a day and I have to restrain myself from having a bite of one of the other meals before it’s lunch/dinner time. To make this easier on myself (or harder?), I’ve cleaned my entire kitchen of any snacks, including nut-butters and random carbs (cereal, granola).
This is what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: Raw Almond Cacao Tart with Manuka Honey and Cashew Cream
- This was such a treat. I rarely eat sweets and especially not for breakfast. It was sweet but not overly so. And, of course, I felt virtuous knowing that it was raw and the ingredients were wholesome.
- That being said, I wouldn’t normally start my day with sugar and carbs. I find I am more satiated with eggs and greens or protein in the form of a smoothie. It’s nice to switch things up, but yes I was hungry shortly after eating this.
Lunch: Middle Eastern Bowl with Preserved Lemon Hummus (left in photo)
- This salad contained millet (gluten-free), which is a form of plant-based protein. Millet has a lot of minerals, B-vitamins, and magnesium. Magnesium is important for maintaining strong bones and getting a good night sleep!
- This salad came with an amazing honey dijon dressing and lemon hummus. Their dressings are one of the best features of their meals, but they give you a lot, so I tend to use half the amount.
- This is similar to something I would have for lunch. I’ve started putting 1/2 cup of quinoa/millet/bulgur in my salads instead of chicken/eggs. Easy (and cheap) swap!
Dinner: Maple Sweet Potato Bowl with Spicy Chickpeas (right in photo)
- This was comfort food in the form of a wholesome curry bowl. I don’t usually go for curry because I find them sauce-heavy. The majority of Indian food we eat in the US is a version of North Indian cuisine, called Mughlai. But there are regions in India that eat lighter fare.
- I am not saying this was traditional in any sense, but it is a version of curry that I prefer. Lightly sauced and slightly spicy, this made up for no-snacks all day.
- There was quinoa at the bottom of the bowl. I heated it all up in a pot for a few minutes on medium-low (adding a little bit of water, like they suggested).
- I was slightly hungry all day until I ate this for dinner.
First Day Summary:
- Desert for breakfast! Into it.
- This is good training to snack less.
- As someone who is sometimes iron-deficient, I didn’t feel sluggish without protein or dairy.
- I am going to start experimenting with curries on my own.
- Hummus in salad is a do!
How I am feeling:
- Not bloated at all after first day!
- not eating in between meals
- smaller portions
- no dairy
- eating slow, conscious eating (less air swallowed while eating)
- A little tired in the morning, but it was also Monday, so…