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An Ode To Self Care: Loving Yourself Starts With Healthy Eating + Sweet Potato Spinach Salad Recipe

Lately I’ve been speaking heavily on self care and loving yourself. As I’ve been trying to really dig deep and find out what that means, I realized I had also been running myself ragged trying to do it all. That coupled with a horrible diet, I was starting to feel the effects of my bad eating habits. I became sluggish. I could barely stay awake for a full day without taking a nap. My skin was dry. My concentration was off and I was irritable. All the time- I was upset. Something had to change. 

I knew that I had been eating a lot of fried foods lately (Chic-Fil-A specifically) and I could literally feel the exhaustion take over me as soon as I finished my meal. How did I get back here? I’ve struggled with eating healthy since college, going on and off a vegetarian/pescatarian diet and each time I commit back to meat, I kick myself. The negative results are instantaneous. So I made the jump and committed to a 30 day vegan diet. While this post is not a complete summation of my experience (I have one week left) I will say that the change in my eating habits have made a very significant change on my entire being. 

As a mother, I knew it was also important to change my eating habits. My daughter is four years old and paying attention to everything that I do. I did not want to raise her on junk. Rather that be junk television or junk food, I felt that urge to show her the benefits of taking care of her body and loving herself and the effect it has on her self esteem, body image, and health. If we start now at age four, we can build on that when it really starts to matter at age fourteen- puberty is no joke. 

So while I cooked dinner tonight, I pondered on these things. How my diet is a reflection of self love. I reflected how my eating habits encourage positive thoughts and motivated me to do better. I looked at my beautifully colorful plate of food, the bright green color of the spinach and avocado and the vivid orange of the sweet potato, I instantly became happy. 

This was my ode to self love. I am what I eat. I am bright. I am vivid. I am healthy and energetic. I am what I eat. 

Are you looking to change your eating habits? Check out this easy vegan meal below- Sweet Potato Spinach Salad

Sweet Potato Spinach Salad
A quick and easy vegan dish that the whole family can enjoy
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. One Sweet Potato
  2. Diced Avocado
  3. Corn
  4. Zucchini
  5. Spinach
  6. Brussel sprouts
Salad Dressing
  1. 1 tablespoon Tahina
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. juice from half lemon
  4. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Turn oven on to 400 degrees
  2. Scrub and clean sweet potato skin. Massage olive oil into skin
  3. Place on baking sheet with halved brussel sprouts. Season food to your taste.Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Place baking sheet in oven for 45 minutes.
  5. While food is baking, cook zucchini and corn on stove top.
  6. Place spinach in bowl, top with cooked food- dice sweet potato once you remove it from the oven.
  7. Top with avocado and salad dressing.
To make salad dressing
  1. Mix ingredients together. Season to your desire.
  2. Enjoy!
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Hi, I’m Shanicia! I live in Atlanta, GA. I’m a fulltime mom to one pretty rambuncious little girl. I love cooking, coloring Mandalas, and reading. To find out why I started Black Moms Blog, read our very first blog post!

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