Wondering what instructors eat to keep them fit and fueled all day long? Philadelphia Instructor AMANDAH POVILITUS knows a thing or two about eating healthy… As the creator of the vegan blog, The Shift Wellness, AMANDAH is always recipe testing and cooking up a healthy storm. Here, read exactly what powers her through her day.
1. BEFORE ANYTHING… WATER
I teach a lot of early morning classes, so my day usually begins around 3-4am! I wake up early to finalize my playlists, get a little stretch in, and commute to class. The first thing that I do EVERY MORNING without fail is grab a huge glass of water that I drink while I brew my coffee. You have to balance out that caffeine! I normally don’t eat before class because it is so early in the morning.
After my classes, I grab a banana to hold me over and head home to make a huge breakfast. The breakfast that you create sets the tone for your eating habits for the rest of the day, so make it count! I love to create “power bowls” that incorporate everything that a complete breakfast should have: protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and true whole grains. The more variety and color in your bowl, the better! I change mine up every day.
This one has Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, garlic, Field Roast Veggie Sausages (low in sugar and high in protein!), sesame seeds, and a full avocado. I sauté them in coconut oil and top them off with hot sauce and sauerkraut (amazing for digestion and absorption of nutrients). I know that vegetables for breakfast seems aggressive, but try it! You’ll feel amazing for the rest of the day, and you won’t be starving by the time lunch rolls around.
3. MID-MORNING SNACK
If I need a snack throughout the day, I usually reach for either a Daiya Dairy-Free “Greek” Yogurt that I top with hemp hearts, or fresh fruit. If I’m really hungry, I’ll make a protein shake. The Vega Performance Protein in Mocha is to die for. I usually blend it up with almond milk, a frozen banana, some leftover coffee, blueberries, and hemp hearts.
During the colder months, my lunch is usually a soup. I’m definitely a wimp about the cold, and I love foods that are warming and grounding. My favorite right now is my French Lentil and Mushroom Soup with Caramelized Onions and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. Find the recipe on my blog here!
My dinner always varies. I love to create in the kitchen, and this is usually when I have the most time to do that. Some of my favorites right now include tacos (in the fall I make them with black beans, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and avocado crema), coconut curry (I include baked tofu and tons of vegetables), and butternut squash soup (with garlic bread).
If I crave a dessert at the end of the day, I reach for dark chocolate, a peanut butter and dark chocolate protein milkshake (if I didn’t have one earlier), fresh fruit, or ice-cream that I make from frozen bananas and top with everything!