Eating Happy: My Life On A Plate
Yet I recently experienced something that made me question my food choices, particularly concerning meat. Although I've never eaten masses of meat, I've always been a meat-eater and thought it a very important part of my plate. I love all components of a meal but I'd never feel full unless I'd eaten some form of meat. Over the years, I'd convinced myself that my meal wasn't 'balanced' without meat and never considered substituting it with other proteins.
But 8 weeks ago, I made the conscious decision to stop eating meat and to become a pescatarian. I thought that going meat-free was going to be quite a tough transition to make but I've realised that meat isn't the be-all-and-end-all of a meal. In fact, it has hardly disturbed my diet but has had such a positive impact on my body and mind.
So, I'd like to share some of my meal ideas with you and show you how delicious meal times can be without meat, starting with breakfast.
You may have heard it a thousand times but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. As well as providing you with many other benefits, it restores glucose levels after sleep and kick-starts your metabolism so your body burns the energy required throughout your day.
On a typical morning, I never used to eat meat for breakfast (although, a cheeky sausage sandwich wouldn't go a miss at the weekend). My day usually starts with some kind of eggs (poached eggs are currently my favourite), peanut butter and banana on seedy toast if I'm feeling lazy or a homemade smoothie.
As you may already know, I'm a huge fan of green smoothies. I think they're a great way to get a concentrated shot of nutritional goodness and very easy to prepare if you have busy mornings ahead of you. For a bit of variety, I mix my smoothies up all the time but my favourite at the moment includes mango. For me, mango is like sunshine. It's exotic, sweet and an absolute pleasure to eat. Just the thought of it makes me happy so what start a day any other way than happy?