We’ve always loved checking out @thecrunchyradish on Instagram for recipe inspo and mouthwatering healthy eats, so it’s an honor to feature founder, Miranda Hammer, for this week’s “What She Eats” series. Miranda is a registered dietitian and natural foods chef based here in NYC, and she founded The Crunchy Radish to share her love for plant-based foods with the world. Miranda looks at every meal as an opportunity to fuel herself with high-quality nutrient-dense foods, and we can’t wait to show you what she eats on the daily. Here’s what she shared with us:
I wake up at 6:30am most mornings. The winter is always difficult with the darkness and the cold, but my four legged friend makes sure I am up and out. I usually take a long walk or run with my dog Henry and my husband in Central Park. If I am power walking, I brew some Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee and pour it into a Yeti to-go tumbler so it stays nice and hot. Once we are back around 8:30am it is smoothie time! I used to not be such a smoothie person, but now I enjoy it as part of my morning routine. I use it as a way to integrate omega 3’s, antioxidants, immune boosters, and greens into my breakfast. I switch it up, but my go-to combo is a blend of fresh hemp milk, fresh ginger, a handful of greens, chia or flax seeds, maca, ice, cinnamon, and frozen blueberries.
Then, I’ll l usually have a piece of She Wolf sprouted rye bread topped with nut butter, banana, and chia seeds, or mashed avocado, flax oil, and chili flakes.
I usually work from home, writing and recipe developing for my site crunchyradish.com, mindbodygreen, or other health and wellness outlets. My breakfasts are usually pretty filling, but if I need a mid-morning pick-me-up, it is a handful of nuts and a clementine or berries at around 10:30. I also will always have a large mason jar filled with iced lemon water on hand and try and refill it as much as possible throughout the day.
I usually eat lunch after I walk my dog, and I like to enjoy whatever recipe I’m developing. I love hearty soups and stews in the winter or a vegetable and grain based bowl or stir-fry. If I don’t feel like cooking, I will grab a sweetgreen for a veg-filled salad. My current favorite is the winter chickpea bowl. I make it vegan and add in kale and broccoli and go for the cilantro lime dressing.
This is usually my pre-workout snack, since I usually try to do a workout class around 5:30pm. It allows me to a have a concrete finish to my day, otherwise I don’t stop. I am a die hard Refine Method junkie and love HIIT. About 45 minutes before class I will have a banana with peanut butter to fuel my workout. Sometimes I get fancy and sprinkle cinnamon and cacao nibs on top. The combo of protein from the nuts and simple carbohydrates from the banana gives me the fuel I need to work out without feeling weighed down.
I love eating out in restaurants especially ones that focus on creative vegetable dishes and sustainability. It is also the perfect way to connect with friends over a great meal and drinks. My favorites right now include Little Park, Loring Place, and Olmstead. If I am home, my husband and I usually cook dinner together and it typically involves a glass or two of wine and some sheeps milk cheese and Mary’s Gone Crackers. We always have a salad with dark leafy greens tossed with a dijon apple cider dressing. Our typical side vegetable is chili garlic roasted broccoli finished with lime juice and sesame seeds or turmeric roasted cauliflower. We follow a plant-based diet and making sure we are getting adequate protein is a priority. We lean on legumes like lentils, peanuts, and beans to properly fuel us. Turmeric lentil soup is a favorite and I usually make it once a week.
Since I primarily follow a plant-based diet, making sure I have adequate plant-based protein is essential. Nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains are my key sources of protein. I steer clear of processed powders or fake meats. In the winter, I also try to increase my intake of foods with ginger and vitamin C to boost my immune system.
I always need a sweet treat after dinner and it typically is one or two dark chocolate peanut butter cups by Justins. I make a decaf ginger mint tea and drink 6oz of natural calm, a magnesium drink that helps with bowel regularity and calms my system before bed. I love to take a lavender infused warm bath to also help slow me down.