Power Through Your Day with Flexitarian Recipes & Tips from Nutritional Health Coach Lily Kunin
From a flavorful fresh market bowl, to ground cauliflower tacos, Lily Kunin of Clean Food Dirty City is sharing simple and delicious flexitarian recipes and snacks that even your carnivore friends will devour!
The rising Flexitarian style of eating is exactly how it sounds – flexible and vegetarian, calling for an increase of nuts such as almonds, fruits and vegetables, while still allowing followers to enjoy an occasional meat dish.
The benefits of flexitarian eating can be substantial. In fact, plant-focused diets such as the flexitarian eating pattern are associated with lower body weights.
Prepping a dinner party for a group with diverse eating habits? Lily’s recipes are sure to please both vegan and meat-loving guests.
An Afternoon Pick Me Up → Chia Pudding
Satisfy your afternoon sweet tooth with creamy with chia pudding. Chia pudding is incredibly easy to make (all you do is stir three tablespoons of chia seeds with one cup of unsweetened almond milk and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight). Chia seeds expand to up to 10 times their weight, making them satisfying and filling. Stir in a bit of honey for an extra special snack and top with sliced almonds and fresh berries!
Something Sweet & Crunchy → Apple with Almond Butter
Craving a little something sweet and crunchy? Opt for an apple dusted with cinnamon or nut and seed crackers topped with almond butter. You can buy individual packets of almond butter for a quick, convenient travel snack!
No Sneaky Sugar → My Favorite Smoothie
Many juices and smoothies contain more sugar that you may expect when you look at the label. And juices – yes, even your favorite cold-pressed one – lack fiber, which keeps us full. A better option would be to make my favorite smoothie – blend together 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries, a handful of spinach, almond butter, and a dash of cinnamon.
Afternoon Snack → Jicama and guacamole
When the afternoon rolls around, so do cravings for a crunchy snack. While raw veggies can sometimes get to be a little boring, jicama is a great option. Cut jicama it into matchsticks, toss them with a squeeze of lime juice and a pinch of chili powder, and pair with homemade guacamole for a delicious snack.
Post-Workout → My Favorite Trail Mix
Not all trail mixes are created equal. Go for a homemade version where you can put in exactly what you want and make it work for your needs. My favorite version for after a great workout is simply 2 parts almonds, 1 part tangy sour dried cherries…and just a few, very selective dark chocolate chunks. ;-)
About Lily Kunin
Lily Kunin is a Certified Nutritional Health Coach and plant-based cook based in New York City. Lily’s blog, Clean Food Dirty City, brings her minimalistic aesthetic to life with her clean and simple, gluten- and dairy-free recipes. When she isn’t in the kitchen preparing a fresh and nourishing meal, Lily can be found working passionately with her clients on personalized health plans that range from customized meal planning and recipe development to grocery shopping tips and tutorials. Follow her on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.