This week, we’re excited to introduce you guys to one of our favorite wellness bloggers, Addie Martanovic. Addie is the creative, healthy mastermind behind her blog, Chickpea in the City, and if you’re ever looking for some healthy hotspots in Chicago, she’s your girl. Addie started her blog after writing restaurant reviews in college, and now she does PR for Simple Mills, where she gets to snack on delicious paleo-friendly treats at work! We asked Addie what a typical day of eating looks like, and here’s what she told us:
I’ll usually wake up around 5AM, and I’ll have either a latte from one of my favorite Chicago coffee shops (almond or oat milk) or I’ll make my own coffee creation. I usually love the combination of cold brew, a scoop of collagen, a dash of vanilla extract, maca powder and unsweetened almond milk. I blend it with ice, pour it in a mug and I’m out the door to my workout.
After my morning spin, yoga or pilates class, I’ll come home and I usually opt for a balanced plate of protein and fat. I’ve been loving paleo meals lately, so my go-to breakfast is two scrambled pasture-raised eggs, some avocado and roasted potatoes. Sweet potatoes are my favorite. Every now and then I’ll throw a few berries on the side or make paleo pancakes if I’ve got extra time!
Working at a gluten-free baking company with crackers and cookies around you all the time, you get hungry quick! I love bringing tons of veggies and a meat or fish to work and then adding it into grain-free tortillas. Siete tortillas are my absolute favorite. I always have a bag of them in my fridge. I top them with some avocado or dairy-free cheese and it’s delicious.
If I’m not having tacos for lunch, I love spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles with turkey meatballs. You can never go wrong with meatballs!
Because I try to get a ton of fat and protein in throughout the day and eat primarily grain and gluten-free at home, I don’t eat dinner until around usually 6 or 7pm. I love making my own baked organic chicken tenders with almond flour crust and spices like garlic, turmeric and pink sea salt. I try to keep flavors super simple. I usually add the chicken tenders to a big bowl of cauliflower rice cooked in coconut oil or ghee and a root vegetable. I can’t get enough of squash and carrots lately!
I usually go to bed around 9 or 10pm and right before I’ll usually have a green juice, some tea, or a kombucha if I’m looking for an after dinner treat. Sometimes I’ll make a matcha tea latte with half a scoop of collagen (to make it frothy) and a teaspoon of coconut butter, warmed up. It puts me right to sleep and I’m ready to go the next day!