SheaButterAndBlueberries

HEALTHY SOUL FOOD
I love soul food. But soul food can be some of the most unhealthy cuisine on this planet. The irony is that some of the “typical” soul foods are actually pretty healthy. This is a case where the foods are unhealthy because of how they’re prepared, rather than their actual makeup.
TYPICAL SOUL FOODS







Collard Greens: Believed to aid in cancer prevention. Boosts detoxification activities in the body. An excellent source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, and vitamin E. Provides cardiovascular support.
Yams: A good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium. Aid in weight control and blood sugar regulation.
Chicken: A lean protein rich in vitamins B6 and B3. Acts as an energy booster.
Black-Eyed-Peas: Rich in Vitamins B1, B6, and B3, folate, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.







… And those are just a few foods and a few of the health benefits. Old habits can be very hard to break free from, but if you start with small changes to how you cook these old favorites, your food will soon be good for the soul AND the body!
MY HEALTHY SOUL FOOD DINNER







Sweet Potato Soup: Peeled and boiled sweet potatoes blended with a sauteed carrot, onion and fresh ginger mix. Light sugar, Greek yogurt, and a pinch of salt added for taste!
Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets: Lemon juice and Greek yogurt marinated, oven baked chicken, coated in crushed corn flakes.
Collard Greens: Cooked the old fashion way, boiled in a pot of water, minus the ham hock and colossal amount of seasoning. (I added a few pieces of cooked bacon. Bacon is my absolute weakness.)








Bon Appetit!

HEALTHY SOUL FOOD

I love soul food. But soul food can be some of the most unhealthy cuisine on this planet. The irony is that some of the “typical” soul foods are actually pretty healthy. This is a case where the foods are unhealthy because of how they’re prepared, rather than their actual makeup.

TYPICAL SOUL FOODS

Collard Greens: Believed to aid in cancer prevention. Boosts detoxification activities in the body. An excellent source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, and vitamin E. Provides cardiovascular support.

Yams: A good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium. Aid in weight control and blood sugar regulation.

Chicken: A lean protein rich in vitamins B6 and B3. Acts as an energy booster.

Black-Eyed-Peas: Rich in Vitamins B1, B6, and B3, folate, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.

… And those are just a few foods and a few of the health benefits. Old habits can be very hard to break free from, but if you start with small changes to how you cook these old favorites, your food will soon be good for the soul AND the body!

MY HEALTHY SOUL FOOD DINNER

Sweet Potato Soup: Peeled and boiled sweet potatoes blended with a sauteed carrot, onion and fresh ginger mix. Light sugar, Greek yogurt, and a pinch of salt added for taste!

Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets: Lemon juice and Greek yogurt marinated, oven baked chicken, coated in crushed corn flakes.

Collard Greens: Cooked the old fashion way, boiled in a pot of water, minus the ham hock and colossal amount of seasoning. (I added a few pieces of cooked bacon. Bacon is my absolute weakness.)

Bon Appetit!

5K TRAINING DAY 2
I am completely excited to be running my first 5K (in approximately 6 weeks)! I felt so unmotivated to run today but I got out there anyway and felt amazingly proud afterward!
I made a recovery shake after my 2 mile run to help my muscles heal.




Ingredients:
1 Scoop of Protein Powder
8 oz. of Soy Milk
1 Banana
1/4 Cup of Strawberries

5K TRAINING DAY 2

I am completely excited to be running my first 5K (in approximately 6 weeks)! I felt so unmotivated to run today but I got out there anyway and felt amazingly proud afterward!

I made a recovery shake after my 2 mile run to help my muscles heal.

Ingredients:

1 Scoop of Protein Powder

8 oz. of Soy Milk

1 Banana

1/4 Cup of Strawberries

BREAKFAST
I woke up a bit extremely late this morning. So this was my first meal of the day! At 2:00PM! Yikes!




Peanut butter, almond halves and bananas on whole wheat toast. An Orange and 2 Slices of Bacon.




I tried to pack it with carbs since I’ll be taking a run soon. It was yummy!




Carbs: Orange, Bananana, & Bread

BREAKFAST

I woke up a bit extremely late this morning. So this was my first meal of the day! At 2:00PM! Yikes!

Peanut butter, almond halves and bananas on whole wheat toast. An Orange and 2 Slices of Bacon.

I tried to pack it with carbs since I’ll be taking a run soon. It was yummy!

Carbs: Orange, Bananana, & Bread

WHY I DECIDED TO GO NATURAL.

Quite Frankly, when I decided to go natural I was in a very uncomfortable place in my life. I had been modeling since freshman year of college, and had developed and grown accustomed to an extremely vain lifestyle. Although sincerely unintentional, I had not realized that for years I had been allowing myself to be groomed to be something I was absolutely not, and certainly did not want to be.

When I finally “woke up” and faced that reality… I became FRANTIC.

From that moment, I decided to become absolutely transparent with myself, and realized that I had been letting everyone’s opinions dictate my value. I decided I wanted to discover who I was, and truly love who I was.

Going natural was a BIG thing for me. It was part of my liberation.

I am absolutely happy with my decision to go natural. I’m proud of the courage I mustered up to “go against the grain”. I encourage all to make the conscious decision to discover themselves. I can say, without a doubt, it’s worth it!