#eatlivebe

MOST RECENT

I promise this smile isn't fake. I really do LOVE working out (HIIT especially) and lifting weights. I feel strong, centered, and energized - ready to take on the day. ⠀
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AND it boosts my metabolism - which yes, is great for the waistline, but a strong metabolism also aides digestion, supports the immune system, makes our skin glow, and gives us boundless energy. ⠀
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Curious about other tips? I've got 4 more up my sleeve over on the blog and linked @erinparekh_
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It's the first in my new weekly wellness series where I'll focus a bit more on nutrition and healthy living. (Don't worry, there will still be plenty or recipes coming your way too!) xx

This was yesterday's Tex-Mex inspired salad BEFORE I mushed it all together. ⠀
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Several of you wanted the lime cumin dressing recipe. More of a ratio than anything else and super simple. So here it is!⠀
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Charred farmer's market corn, avocado, romaine, cilantro, carrots, radish, cucumber, and pumpkin + hemp seeds. All topped with a super simple dressing made with the juice from 1/2 a lime, 1/8 tsp. cumin, 2 tsp. extra virgin avocado oil, s&p to taste. 🥗🌽🥑⠀

Confession: I've been neglecting my #mealprep for the past month or so. We've been so busy with travel and summer plans that I just "haven't had the time". ⠀
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The other day though, I chopped up some carrots and radish, washed + shredded kale, cooked some quinoa, and hard boiled a few eggs. It took literally 30 minutes and most of it was hands off while the eggs and quinoa cooked. ⠀
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I forgot how amazing it is to have prepped ingredients in the fridge. Even just a few basics like these will make your weekday eats SO much easier. ⠀
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For example, the other day I tossed the kale with lemon juice + olive oil + sea salt, then added in some quinoa, chopped radish, and two eggs. Mashed it all together for the Quickest. Lunch. Ever. ⠀
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P.S. These eggs have been a favorite snack. Halved and topped with @edenfoods furikake. Definitely need to keep more of these guys on hand. ⠀

If only I had a few slices of this Tahini Date Banana Bread in the freezer I'd show you how I toast it up with some honey and cinnamon for breakfast! It's the perfect morning treat - slightly sweet and a touch savory. Recipe is NEW and linked @erinparekh_ 🍌 If you’re not familiar with tahini - it’s essentially sesame butter and I adore it! (Nutty and slightly bitter in a good way.) It’s high in trace minerals like magnesium, copper, and iron 💪🏻And its a great substitute for peanut butter if you’re on an elimination diet or have a child that’s allergic.

SO - While on vacation, I had time to really think about what I want this account, my website, and ultimately my brand to be. What message do I want to share? How do I want to engage with you all? And most importantly what kind of community do I want to build and surround myself with?⠀
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The answer? It's fully embracing my motto - Because healthy doesn't have to be hard - and sharing how I live that belief daily both personally and professionally.⠀
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BUT I also realized that promoting health + wellness is so much more than the recipes and food photographs I've been posting for the past year. It's a LIFESTYLE. And that's what I want to share even more of moving forward. I studied nutrition and became a coach for a reason after all. ⠀
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I hope you're just as excited about this slight shift as I am. Because ultimately, it's all about YOU, not me. ⠀
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Which is why I want to know - what do you want from me? What topics should I cover in my new, weekly non-recipe blog post? Comment below or message me with ideas. ⠀
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And don't worry, there will still be plenty of recipes and easy, simple food inspiration coming your way. You definitely can’t take me out of the kitchen.

Tired from a relaxing weekend (is that possible?) and headed to bed soon, BUT I had to share this Avocado Pesto Pasta with #alltheveggies to inspire your week! I kind of made it all up using what we found at the farmer's market, but will post a rough recipe in the comments if you're curious. xx⠀

Do you collect anything specific from your travels? When I was younger it used to be t-shirts, but now it's pretty pottery. And I'm obsessed with my new mug from Whistler 😍 This latte is inspired by the cashew almond milk cappuccino I had in Vancouver @nemesis.coffee ☕️ Seriously the best nutmilk based coffee drink I've ever had. Here I used 1/2 cup walnuts + 1/2 cup cashews soaked for 4 hours in filtered water. Rinse and then blend with 3 cups fresh filtered water + a a splash of vanilla. Then I frothed it up with my @nespresso milk frother along with a 1/4 teaspoon maca powder and poured into 8 ounces of brewed organic coffee. The milk keeps for 3-4 days in the fridge and it's SO good on just about anything. ⠀

What are your weekend plans? I'm hitting up our local farmer's market for some sweet corn, tomatoes and hopefully peaches + figs! ⠀
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For a little recipe inspo, this Zucchini Millet Salad with Lemon Caper Dressing is NEW on the blog and linked @erinparekh_ 🍋It'd also be delicious with some baby yellow tomatoes or sweet corn tossed in... Happy Friday! ⠀

How does your tummy handle beans? We all know the jingle, right?😉 ⠀
As someone who eats primarily plant-based, legumes make up a good portion of my diet and I've had to learn the hard way (hello gas + bloat!) how to incorporate them properly. ⠀
Here's what works for me:⠀
∙ Not combining them with another protein source such as eggs, dairy, or meat. ⠀
∙ Soaking them for at least 8 hours and discarding the liquid. As well as adding a piece of kombu seaweed to the pot before cooking. Both of these tricks help breakdown phytic acid which can inhibit digestion and nutrient absorption. ⠀
∙ Limiting my serving size to 1/2 cup each day. ⠀
∙ Usually opting for lentils over chickpeas, black beans, etc. as they tend to be easier for most people to digest. ⠀
∙ Limiting other starches I each with the meal and bulking up with vegetables. ⠀
∙ Eating them with a serving of fermented vegetables.⠀
(P.S. details on this bowl in the comments, because I know you want to know...)⠀

You have to ❤️ a great veggie sammie, this ones my fave 😋Fakin bacon, with layers of yummy veggies slathered with pesto vegansise.
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#vegetarian #sammies #vegan #veganfood #healthyeating #cleaneats #foodie #foodilove #veggies #realfood #veganrecipes #eatlivebe #fresh #veganfoodshare #foodforfuel #foodiegram @foodforlifebaking

Scrolling through old photos as we’re waiting to take off and literally drooling over this lunch bowl. Simple, fresh, and crunchy. I’d add walnuts for healthy fats and sauerkraut for a little probiotic punch. ⠀
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The past two weeks have been amazing, but I’m really looking forward to getting back to work and into the kitchen! I never worry about resetting post vacation. I just jump right back to my normal routine of home cooked foods - lots of veggies, smart carbs, protein, healthy fats, and H2O. ⠀
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Be sure to check my stories for what I’ve packed for the plane ride home. And I’ve created a profile highlight with all of our Napa, San Francisco, Whistler, Vancouver adventures in case you’re traveling to one of those places too! #summertravel

It’s come to the point where I officially don’t know what day it is on this trip.⠀
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BUT one thing I do know is that it’s been over a week since I’ve had roasted sweet potatoes and my beloved sautéed kale. I’m literally salivating for them. Luckily, wild salmon and avocado are plentiful here - and I’ve found the cutest juice bar too. It’s so easy to find healthy eats when traveling these days thanks to Google and a growing trend towards fresh, real foods. I do research before I leave and jot down a few places in my phone notes so I can easily reference them when out and about. I also make it a point to eat one meal each day that’s as close to a home cooked meal as possible - usually breakfast and/or lunch. ⠀
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Eating healthy on vacation really doesn’t have to be hard. It just takes a little prep and foresight. And THAT’S what I teach my clients. I can tell you not to eat sugary processed foods, give you a meal plan + recipes for the week, and empower you to get moving - but it’s also about a mindset shift and learning how to make healthy choices when out of your daily routine that truly make the biggest impact. Because sure, you can indulge on vacation every single day and then “diet and cleanse” when you’re back, but what if you didn’t have to? That’s what learning and embracing a healthy lifestyle is all about. ⠀
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#throwback to this bowl from my 5-day Spring Reset with wild salmon, roasted sweet potatoes, greens, and parsley vinaigrette. The dressing is in my recipe archive if you’re interested! ⠀

Have you made my Coconut Chia Pudding yet? It’s a client favorite that keeps them satisfied for hours with protein + fiber + healthy fats. And, it tastes like dessert! ⠀
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Just four simple ingredients + any toppings you’d like. My mom loves adding cacao nibs and dried mulberries for some crunch and chewiness. Search coconut chia pudding @erinparekh_ for the recipe. ⠀
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Happy July 4th! ❤️⭐️💙 ⠀

Kicking myself for not making a batch of these PROTEIN POWER CRACKERS for our trip. They’re loaded with pumpkin seeds + coconut oil + quinoa and chickpea flours to keep you fueled all afternoon long. ⠀
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So often the crackers we buy at the store are loaded with refined oils and overly processed grains - which I try to avoid as often as possible. If you’ve never tried homemade crackers before, they really are simple (and addicting!). One batch makes about 30 crackers and they keep for most of the week (if you don’t eat them all before then...)⠀
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Recipe linked over on @erinparekh_ 🌟⠀

Until next time Napa! #magichour
We spent the last two days wine tasting + eating the most delicious food. And, I woke up this morning still feeling great! How? ⠀
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WATER - I drink a liter of water in the morning before my coffee + at least another two liters throughout the day. ⠀
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MOVEMENT - We went for a 3 mile walk each morning to explore and get in our steps. I wasn't worried about getting in hardcore cardio and HIIT like usual. The key is just moving your body with intention. (And if you want to pull out an ondemand workout or hit the hotel gym - go for it!)⠀
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PROTEIN - I eat a lot more protein than usual when traveling. I find that fish for dinner is much lighter than the vegan/vegetarian options at most restaurants (cooked in olive oil, not butter). And having eggs + veggies for breakfast keeps my blood sugar stable during those 10am tastings. ∙⠀
What are your favorite ways to get in movement on vacation? 🤸🏼‍♂️⠀

Travel 101 is updated on the blog and linked @erinparekh_ ✈️ What I pack in my carry on, the supplements I’m never without, and favorite brands too! ⠀
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PLUS, I posted my first IGTV where I take you through everything I’m taking on our trip to Napa and Whistler. ⠀
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As always, being prepared is key. It takes a little foresight and planning, but it’s what also lets me enjoy being on vacation while keeping up with healthy habits and feeling 💯 the entire time. ⠀
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Check it out, then let me know what YOU pack when traveling.⠀

Why is it that when we have limited time and a deadline we can accomplish literally anything? And when we have all the time in the world we procrastinate until the very last minute and/or it’s hard to motivate? I definitely feel this as an entrepreneur and learning how to be my own boss. ⠀
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Today’s been on hyperdrive with client calls and running errands. So far I’ve finished laundry, worked out, went to the chiropractor, got a bikini wax, picked up prescriptions + dry cleaning, drove to a friends house the next town over to borrow her closet (thanks a Jen!), lunchtime client calls, post office, returns in Greenwich, and now I’m posting as I get a mani/pedi. Then home to pack and make dinner with all the last bits from the fridge. ⠀
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I’m a planner and thought I was doing well, but man - today’s been a doozy! ⠀
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Lunch was pre-made early this morning so all I had to do was grab the container from the fridge when I got home. It was a much less pretty version of this salad bowl + some leftover chickpeas and carrots. ⠀
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Do you run around crazy before a big trip too? 🤪⠀

Bagels count for #toasttuesday right?! ∙
Find the recipe for these epic (and easy!) Everything Cauliflower Bagels via the link in my profile @erinparekh_ #wheresthebagelemoji

Good morning! With so many new faces around here, I wanted to take a moment and say hello! I'm so glad you've found my little corner. ⠀
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I'm Erin - veggie lover, sweat addict, nutrition coach, and healthy cooking expert living in southern Connecticut with my husband Ravi. ⠀
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I truly believe being healthy doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Because if it is, we just won’t do it!⠀
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A few things you may not know about me:⠀
🍫 I rarely go a day without dark chocolate. ⠀
🍳 I hate eggs for breakfast, but eat them for lunch or dinner all the time. ⠀
💆🏼‍♀️ I'm an introvert at heart and very protective of my personal space + alone time. ⠀
🎨 I worked in the New York City art world for 10 years before switching careers to health and wellness. ⠀
👚 If I find an item of clothing I love, I'll buy it in every color - as long as it's navy, gray, cream, white, or the occasional dark green. I don’t really wear black. 🙈 ⠀
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Now, tell me a bit about YOU! 🌟⠀

I think I tested 5 different recipes this week - one of them being this Tahini Date Banana Bread, which I’m having for breakfast right now 😍⠀
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Recipe coming in the next month (so stay tuned!) 😉 We’re leaving for a two-week west coast vacation on Thursday, which means I've been frantic in the kitchen trying to get all of my ideas tested. ⠀
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We'll be in Napa, San Francisco, Whistler, and Vancouer. If you have any reccomendations or live in those areas let me know! ⠀

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