Well, hey there. My name is Rachel Todd and I am a huge fan of Trash Panda!
A little over 10 years ago I embarked on my fitness journey for the first time after years of being ashamed of my weight. My freshman year of college acted as a fresh start for me to focus on the foods that I was putting into my body, along with consistent exercising. Initially, the weight fell off really easily, and before I knew it, I had lost 40 pounds in just a few months.
Quickly, however, these new habits turned into obsessions and I became hyper focused on the foods I was no longer allowing myself to put into my body – thinking that fruit would make me gain weight, and a handful of Goldfish would knock me off course for the rest of the day. True, there are healthier (Trash Panda approved) options out there beyond Goldfish, but somewhere down the line, I realized my mindset about nutrition and food was wildly skewed.
Some years later, I am still evolving this relationship with food, but I am in a much better place now, focusing on nourishing ingredients that will fuel my body and allow me to perform and feel the best I possibly can! Below is a sample menu of what I eat in a day – which as you can see, focuses on all the good stuff: lean proteins, healthy fats, tasty vegetables, fruit, snacks, and of course, some dessert!
Over on my page @toningtodd, you can find super easy recipes, accountability for working out, inspiration for a balanced food palette, body/self-love, and as of late, even a little wedding planning 😉 Here’s a little taste of what I typically eat in a day, featuring some of my favorite #trashpandaapproved products:
•Taco Bowl: Riced cauliflower/broccoli cooked with salsa verde, lean ground turkey with taco seasoning (I love Siete Foods), fresh chopped onions and lime; a handful of pretzel thins and some green grapes
•On days that I lift weights (4-5x per week), I make it a point to refuel with a protein shake almost immediately after. While on the hunt for the perfect brand, I am currently using Gainful
•Grilled, marinated (99% of the time it’s with Primal Kitchen dressing) chicken breast with roasted brussels sprouts
•Tablespoon of peanut butter (anything natural, but love Laura Scudder’s) with drizzle of manuka honey!
**Trash Panda Approved Dessert – CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BITES
•½ cup peanut butter
•¼ cup collagen peptides – or protein/almond flour
•½ cup dark chocolate chips (Hu Kitchen Gems are where it’s at!)
•½ tsp coconut oil
•Maldon sea salt
1.Slice the banana into small coins and lay half of them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet
2.Mix peanut butter and collagen until well combined and almost fluffy in texture
3.Scoop the PB mixture on top of the banana slices, and top with the leftover bananas to make little sandwiches
4.Stick tray in freezer for about 2 hours until fully hardened
5.Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together
6.Take bananas out of the freezer and dip half (or all) of each one into the melted chocolate and lay back on the parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and place back in the freezer for 30ish minutes.
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