Feature Friday: What Do You Eat For Lunch?

 
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Amy manages a popular yoga studio and teaches an average of 10+ classes a week! Needless to say, she's pretty busy in that calm, namaste kind of way. Today, we're excited to have her share her lunch time story, giving us a great tip for staying healthy (and not hungry) on the go.

Do you have any dietary restrictions?
While my diet is restricted due to Celiac (gluten free), thyroid disease (soy limitations) and Crohns (lots of things restricted or limited); I enjoy a wide variety of foods and have been eating within these "rules" for so long that it's become normal.  I eat very simply and have a variety of foods that appear in my diet daily. 

What is your typical work day lunch?

As a yoga teacher and studio manager, I am on the go a lot!  For this reason, my food during the day needs to be portable and easily consumed on the go. 

Any tips on how to prep food/snacks for a busy day?

I save a lot of time by making one giant smoothie (packed with veggies and fruits) in the morning and eat half for breakfast and the other half for lunch. Often times I combine that with a piece of fruit or protein bar midday to sustain me through evening classes.  Teaching yoga on a heavy stomach never seems to end well, so during the day I try to keep it light.

Recipe: Spicy Tortilla Soup

  • 16 oz vegetable stock
  • 3 Roma tomatoes (while other varieties will do, I have found Roma to be best)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Several sprigs of cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (other varieties are great, depending on level of spice desired)
  • Cumin, salt and pepper to taste (I enjoy cumin, so lots gets into this recipe for me)
     

Cut up veggies and combine all ingredients into saucepan.  Bring everything to a boil and then reduce to a gentle simmer for 20 min. Use an emulsion blender to puree until smooth, or if you don't have one of those, let the soup cool down a bit and use your blender to puree.
 

To make more hearty/tasty/etc try a variety of add-ins: 

  • Black Beans
  • Ground Crumbles seasoned like tacos (or meat, if you prefer)
  • Lentils
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Cheese