5 Minutes of FABruary: Food is FAB (recipe included)

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve struggled around food my whole life. It used to really throw me for a loop and honestly, sometimes it still does. Since I was 8 years old, I thought I was fat and needed to be on a diet. I thought I had to live a life of restriction in order to get to my end goal: lose the weight and everything else will be perfect too.

I lived off of cottage cheese and diet coke.

I thought that Splenda was the answer to all of my cravings and desires for sweetness.

I restricted everything. I was carb-free, fat-free, sugar-free and instead of feeling free, I felt heavy and moody.

I thought if I followed the rules that I would feel fabulous, but I ended up just feeling shitty (and bloated, tired, and lots of self-hatred)

Babes, I’m still on my health and self-love journey and I think I always will be.

But what I can say today is that I love myself enough to listen to my cravings and go for them, regardless if they include carbs, sugar, or fats. I also have learned to have a deep appreciation for how beautiful and nourishing food can be. And because of that, I want to share something special that I made this week with you.

Fabulous Eleganza Salad (5 minutes to throw together, 40 mins of cooking time)

Here’s what I did:

First off, I batch roasted some random in-season veggies that I swooped up from the farmer’s market the day prior. (I am a HUGE fan of batch cooking veggies, rice/quinoa, and a protein on Sunday afternoon to have for the week)

  • You can do the following ahead of time:

  • Roasted candy beets and rainbow carrots wit a drizzle my nizzle of EVOO, Salt and Peppa, in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes

  • Made a big ole batch of brown rice

  • Batch blended Green Goddess dressing that I use for salads, rice bowls, crudité dipping, and for schmearing on top of a turkey burger. This dressing is 1 small carton of 2% Fage yogurt, 1 clove of garlic, big handful of parsley, squeeze of 1 lemon, salt and peppa all in the blender

  • At meal time do the following:

  • At the bottom of the bowl I put a heaping tablespoon of brown rice

  • Add fresh butter lettuce on top with warm roasted beets and carrots (you can use anything from zucchini to broccoli here whatever floats your fabulous boat)

  • Add chopped tomato

  • 1 teaspoon of sunflower seeds

  • A sprinkle of black sesame seeds

  • An elegant heavy drizzle of the Green Goddess dressing

  • Finish off with gorgeous edible flowers (you can get these at the Farmer’s Market or Whole Foods)


Are you like me and have struggles around food? Can you think of the last time you savored a stunningly beautiful meal? What are you craving? Would you be willing to try satisfying all of your cravings for one day? What would that look like for you?

May your next meal be as gorgeous as you are!


Nina Daisy

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