What I Ate Wednesday is a food gawking link-up party created by Jenn and hosted by Laura and Arman each Wednesday. Join me as I share some things I ate.

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I always say that a meal is never complete without some green on my plate. Green drinks are good too. Especially this matcha latte from Rebbl.

My mom bought me this when I was in California last weekend for Expo West. There was a ‘2 for’ deal at Whole Foods and she wanted to try it out. Luckily she didn’t love it and gave most of it to me. Yay! Because eating and drinking green things is a great way to celebrate your (lack of) Irish heritage.

Seriously, I’m 0% Irish. I know this because I forked over some money for genetic testing from 23andMe. Ich bin Deutsche if you’re wondering.

Anywho, I made an extra effort to fill my plates with green things this past weekend. It was the healthy habit focus from my first week of the optimal health challenge I created. You can read more about my first week on the challenge here. Here’s a look at some of the green things I ate.

Breakfast was sauteed broccoli with 2 slices of bacon and one scrambled egg.

I also had to have some green tea out of my green mug.

Lunch was a plate of roasted veggies, which included kale, red cabbage, radishes and cauliflower. Plus some pepperoni slices for a quick protein boost.

Dinner was garlic meatballs, salad and kraut.

There are a lot of benefits to eating green foods besides a more colorful plate. For example, natural green foods (i.e. not green skittles or gummy bears) are extremely rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, and vitamins C, E, and K. They can help boost your immune system, are generally lower in calories, are higher in antioxidants, are a good source of phytonutrients (plant power), and are usually kind to your blood sugar levels. So go ahead and fill your plate with all of the green things. You don’t even have to be Irish to enjoy them!

What are some of your favorite green foods?

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Summer is slowly approaching, and you know what they say: “Summer bodies are made in the winter.” That’s why I got an early start on my summer body training. But let’s be real. For me, this challenge isn’t about weight loss since I’m already happy with the weight I’m at. It’s about developing new habits so that I can feel confident in my skin and look radiant as the temperatures rise. My current weight is 126 lbs. just in case you’re wondering. I say this isn’t about weight loss but I’m still curious as to how much weight I’m going to lose.

I had every intention of starting this challenge on Monday. But a cancelled flight on Sunday night led to an entire day devoted to getting back to Boise on Monday. My workout schedule is supposed to be as follows:

However, I didn’t officially start following this routine until Friday. My goal is to consistently stick with it until the end of the challenge. I’ve been killing it so far since Friday. I know it’s only 4 days in but I’m proud of myself. You are welcome to join me.

Another thing I’m trying to do is add one healthy habit into my weekly routines. Here was this past week’s focus:

I did really well on this. It didn’t hurt that Friday was a day dedicated to all things green. I actually wanted to eat some greens after spending all of the previous weekend grazing on snack samples at Expo West. So I was down with the sprouts and micro greens.

I’ve been enjoying these gourmet restaurant greens from Trader Joe’s with a little ranch dressing from Primal Kitchen Foods. I also ate a lot of green leafy vegetables, cabbage, broccoli, green olives, avocados and roasted seaweed this week. Some people have to force themselves to eat their greens, but not me.

And just for good measure, here’s a picture of me from the middle of week one.

I’d love it if you join me on this journey to optimal health.

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Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.

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Why You Should Test Your Blood Sugar (Even If You’re Not Diabetic) – It’s good to know your risk factors and understand what ‘normal’ is for you when it comes to blood sugar. Insulin levels, more than anything else, has recently been linked to the risk of chronic diseases.

14 Health Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate – You don’t have to convince me to eat this stuff. I will never understand people who don’t like chocolate. That’s like telling me you don’t like Santa Claus and Christmas.

Craving Chocolate? A Psychological Technique Could Help You Resist – Why would you want to resist eating chocolate (see above link)? I suppose this technique works with other cravings too.

Are Infrared Saunas Beneficial? – My goal is to have an infrared sauna in my house one day. Because that would be amazing.

Eating Fast Food: 9 Serious (And Unexpected) Side Effects – You are what you eat so don’t be fast, easy, cheap or fake. If you often opt for fast food you probably don’t want to read this. But you should.

Child Diabetes Risk Soars with 3hrs Screen Time a Day – Whatever happened to playing outside? Parents are too quick to give into their kiddo’s demands for screen time. I see a lot more negative effects than just an increased risk of diabetes. Send them outside and let them eat some dirt. And if it’s too cold outside, buy them some educational toys that don’t involve swiping an iPad.

Do You Know About These Benefits of Eliminating Gluten? – Even people who don’t have celiac disease can benefit greatly from giving up gluten. In fact, I highly recommend everyone eliminate or at least drastically cut back on their gluten consumption.

Vinegar May Lower Blood Sugar – I saw a lot of drinking vinegars at Expo West last weekend. Studies have shown that drinking this stuff can have a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Dr. Jason Fung also recommends drinking vinegar to help combat obesity. So drink up!

Resetting the Circadian Clock Might Boost Metabolic Health – “We live in a society where sleep is not respected”. But if there’s just one thing you could do to reset your health it’s to sleep optimally by following the guidelines in this article.

How the Wellness Industry Takes Advantage of Our Fear and Insecurities for Profit – They can’t take advantage of you if you don’t let them. A friend of mine joined a gym recently and was distraught because the free trainer she saw as part of her initial membership package told her she was obese and had saddlebags and needed to sign up for personal training sessions immediately to improve her body. Um, no. She is 5’7″ and around 140 lbs. and didn’t really have that much weight to lose.

Nutritional Supplements: What to Take and What to Skip – This will help clear up some confusion regarding nutritional supplementation. And I know there’s a ton of confusion because I get asked about supplements a lot.

A Daily Multi-Vitamin is Only Half the Answer – There’s a huge difference between a multi such as one from Centrum vs. one from a more reputable natural company like Garden of Life vs. getting your vitamins and minerals from whole food sources. Not to mention the issue with absorbing them.

Happy Saturday! Have a healthy weekend!

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