Health | February 24th 2017

What She Eats: Mandy Fredenhagen

We love keeping up with our followers’ blogs, and that’s why we’re super excited to feature Mandy from Brussel & Sprout as our “What She Eats” feature this week. Mandy recently moved from Brooklyn to Austin, and we love following her inspirational journey through her sustainability, food and fitness lifestyle blog. After losing 50 pounds, Mandy started her blog to show the world the beauty and fun in sustainable living, non-toxic food, and a healthy and active lifestyle. We’ve been dying to know what she eats on a daily basis, and here’s what she shared with us:


The food I eat on a regular basis doesn’t adhere to any particular diet—paleo, vegan, keto, etc. Instead, I approach eating intuitively and try to make the best choices for myself in order to achieve optimal nutrition. I’m a huge advocate for using food to heal whatever I’m going through, and to help fuel me during my workouts and recovery. I try to stick with nutrient-dense foods, but I’m all about balance and not depriving myself of foods that I enjoy as well, like chips and queso.  


I try to work out early in the morning, so I typically start the day with a Bulletproof Coffee or regular drip coffee. I’ve found that Bulletproof Coffee gives me that boost of energy I need first thing in the morning and helps me power through my Crossfit WOD or SoulCycle class.

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After my workout, I have my favorite smoothie that is packed with antioxidants (which are great for muscle recovery), omegas, and some of my favorite supplements to help balance my hormones. My favorite smoothie consists of organic frozen cherries, a frozen banana, chia seeds, almond butter, collagen powder, maca root powder, cordycep powder, organic unsweetened almond milk, and a scoop of protein powder.

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Mid-Morning Snack

If I’m still hungry and in need of some extra protein, I’ll grab a Siggis’s yogurt and top it with Purely Elizabeth’s granola to tide me over until lunch.

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I usually don’t have a ton of time to eat lunch since my days are packed with meetings. One of my favorite go-to’s is avocado toast. I’ll typically toast a slice of sprouted wheat bread and top it with half an avocado and a fried egg. Today I smeared my sprouted toast with my pumpkin seed pesto recipe, half an avocado and sprinkled some chipotle red pepper on top. Some of my other favorite toppings include: Kite Hill cheese, Siggi’s yogurt, kraut, raw veggies, or a slice of organic turkey.

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Afternoon Snack

I drink a kombucha every single day as well as consume other foods that promote a healthy gut. I like to sip on a kombucha in the afternoon and try to avoid that extra cup of coffee that I used to go for. If I’m hungry I’ll munch on a protein bar.

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On Sunday’s I prep a ton of roasted vegetables and bake some chicken so that my dinners are ready to go throughout the week. Lately, I’ve been throwing together different bowls that consist of a protein (either veggie or chicken), roasted vegetables, grains (quinoa, rice, barley or farro), and some raw kale or spinach.  I like to add a lot of different seasonings to my roasted veggies and grains to make them more enjoyable. Sometimes I’ll drizzle my bowls with tahini or lemon juice and evo for some extra flavor.

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