For this week’s “What She Eats” feature, we’re traveling all the way to Paris to get a glimpse into the delicious, colorful, and super balanced lifestyle of Estelle Lubino, one of the co-founders of her creative studio, Seasome. Estelle has shared some of her favorite healthy recipes with us in the past, so we’ve been dying to ask her what her daily diet looks like. Here’s what she told us:
I don’t follow any particular labelled way of eating. I’m not vegan, nor vegetarian, or pescetarian. I try to eat healthy as much as possible, but I never feel guilty, ashamed, or anxious if I eat something that’s not. I just follow what feels right and natural for me.
It’s important for me not to try to be perfect or follow strict diet rules. I eat when I’m hungry and I stay away as much from processed food as possible. I also try to eat foods that are close to their natural state and I buy organic when I can. I eat protein and healthy carbs to refuel, repair and build lean muscles, but don’t get me wrong – I also eat treats! I think clean eating is about feeding your body and brain with the right nutrients it needs to look and feel great.
As soon as I wake up, I drink a glass of water. It’s a killer morning habit. It helps fire up your metabolism and hydrates you. It’s the best way to start your day.
At the moment, my breakfast is usually a bowl of hot porridge. I always add a smashed banana with a drizzle of almond butter, as well as some cinnamon, ginger, and two tablespoons of hemp protein powder. I also use turmeric for a good kick. When I have more time in the morning, on the weekends for example, I love a big acaï bowl and I go crazy on the toppings.
I’m an early riser so I always need a snack between breakfast and lunch to stop my stomach from grumbling all morning. I’ll usually go for a banana, a handful of nuts, and my favorite cold pressed juice.
I usually take one afternoon over the weekend and prepare my food and snack for the week. Having a meal prep day is essential to keeping healthy eating habits a priority. A typical lunch for me is a big bowl filled with watermelon radish, whole spelt pastas, mango tofu, kale, artichoke, almond butter, cashews, cilantro and gomasio. I’ll take it in my lunch box that I take to work. If I don’t have time, I’ll eat at my favorite healthy spot in Paris called Wild and The Moon.
In the afternoon, I’ll either go for a green smoothie with pea protein powder, or a raw bar filled with maca, cacao, dates, almond, sea salt, guarana, and vanilla bean. It’s a little nutritional boost during the day! I’ll also bring fresh snacks with me from home.
When the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, nothing hits the spot like a bowl of warm soup. I love a creamy, roasted pumpkin soup. It’s delicious, healthy and so easy to make. I sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top and it’s so satisfying.