What Does The Blissful Chef Eat?

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A few people are excited to see my workouts and the kinds of food I eat for fitness. This is something I will totally share with you! This type of post won’t have recipes though because when I cook for myself it is really simple food. I don’t use recipes. I’ve talked about how simple meals can really help your health flourish. Below I will take you through my normal everyday eats.

roasted chickpea wrap

I’ve heard a few times that the recipes I post here are complicated or “fussy”. I was actually quite shocked to hear this because when you take a look at my favorite bloggers/chefs: spa bettie, keepin’ it kind, healthy happy life, post punk kitchen, diet, desserts, and dogs, plant-powered kitchen, manifest vegan, the sexy vegan, to name a few, my recipes don’t seem anymore complicated than others. It would be a pretty boring blog if I posted recipes that have no creativity whatsoever, don’t you think? All the recipes I make use pretty common ingredients and take no more than 25 minutes of active time. I would call that pretty easy. Do share YOUR thoughts in the comments about this!

So what do I eat?

Let me walk you through my typical day. If you follow me on Instagram than you’ve seen the kinds of meals I make for myself. They are not complicated at all and take no more than 25 minutes to make. If you really want to see what I’m eating definitely follow me on Instagram! I also post on my FB page what I’m eating and the recipe testing I do weekly.

7 am

Wake up (sometimes before that if I had a good night rest), make coffee. Coffee is a very controversial item. I never drank if regularly until about 3 months ago. Chatting with many athletes it seems it’s quite a common thing to have coffee to start the day especially if you work out in the morning. Not only does it give you a little boost of energy, caffeine is known to help ease/erase pain. So if you are working out for hours a day like me it’s helpful. Am I addicted to it? Nope. I went a whole week without it just to make sure and I was fine. No headaches or weird feelings. But when I had that first cup again after that long week without I was so productive and my workout was so much better.

So I’m not going to have a debate about why coffee is bad for me. I have one cup (of organic, fair trade coffee) in the morning (not even 7 days a week) and that’s it. I’ve read the research and experimented with it and for now I like it. A lot.


8 am

I go to Beyond Fit and do a HIIT session and 10 minutes of steady state cardo then we stretch. You can see some of those workouts in the photos of last Friday’s post and if you follow me on Instagram. This takes about 45 minutes. Then I go home to check emails and do work. Including creating new recipes for the blog. This month is RED month!!

I have been fasting till noon for about the last 3 months as a way to lose body fat. If you are looking to lose body fat, do fasted cardio first thing in the morning. I’ve gone from 23% body fat to 18% in 8 months. Now that I’ve increased my cardio (because of triathlon training) I will be eating a snack when I get home from the gym. I need the extra fuel!

12 pm-ish

Eat lunch. Sometimes this doesn’t happen till 1 pm depending on if I’m testing (and photographing) a recipe for the blog or just making something quick.

Some of my go to meals lately:

Big ol’ salads that include greens and protein (I’ve also become obsessed with just plain baked sweet potatoes!)

Salads galore

Tacos (seriously it’s a food group for me)


2-5 pm

More work. Probably a snack of some sort. Either apples and hummus, a bar (like Clif or Lara), or chips (like Rice chips or Beanitos).

5 pm-ish

I do my second round of training in the early evening. This is usually swimming, biking, or running and often times includes a weight-training session. As the hotter weather approaches I will most likely do this earlier in the day (after a snack) or as the sun is going down.


Right after training I have a protein smoothie/shake. Then I make dinner. Similar stuff to lunch. This is when I usually have my grains for the day (just once a day).

My dinner meal usually consists of a combo of beans, grains, and greens. Sometimes it’s tacos on gluten-free tortillas. Sometimes it’s a huge salad again. Below I had some polenta topped with salad and GoodSeed’s breakfast patties topped with creamy cilantro dressing.

goodseed patties

I try my hardest not to eat again after dinner. Since I have a huge sweet tooth sometimes I will have a treat, a few squares of chocolate, or a homemade dessert. Bed time is anywhere from 10:30 pm-midnight depending on how hard I trained that day and how much work I didn’t get done.

Basically my diet is made up of whole plant-based foods with a few fun things like Gardein and cupcakes thrown in. I eat out at the many delicious restaurants in town a few times a week.

What does your diet look like? Did you find this helpful to see what I eat everyday? Let us know what you think in the comments and if you have some suggestions of other quick meals!


Comment List

  • Melissa 03 / 04 / 2013 Reply

    Interesting post! Can you talk more about the fasting thing? How do you not get hungry? Whenever I’m training I am always ravenous!

    • Christy Morgan 04 / 04 / 2013 Reply

      The coffee suppresses not only pain but your appetite! It took me about a month of doing it slowly to be able to go till noon. I went as long as I could and eventually my body got used to it.

  • I really liked this post! I was curious about the fasting, too. Do you think that fasting helped you lose the body fat or just a reduction in calories overall, since you skipped a meal?

    • Christy Morgan 04 / 04 / 2013 Reply

      Doing fasted cardio has been shown to lose body fat faster because your body burns the fat instead of the calories you just ate. I’ve done the fast until noon thing for only about 3 months, coupled when intense activity so I’m sure it was the combination that helped me lose body fat. If I just fasted but didn’t exercise I would maintain but would never lose fat or gain muscle. Nutrition and fitness go hand in hand. 🙂

  • Patty 04 / 04 / 2013 Reply

    Hi Christy,

    I’m curious about more info/thoughts on the coffee/fasting/a.m. cardio thing, too! Sounds good, and I need to lose mucho body fat as you could see from my very long comment on your other post asking us for opinions on fitness posts,etc. I currently have a VERY bad addiction to Starbucks mochas veganized with soy milk, and no whipped cream, but I get them decaf because of an old migraine problem I used to suffer from prior to becoming vegan. As I’m addicted I get the venti size and this is like 300calories! Wholly moley!! I need to quit and was thinking of either cold turkey or trying one of those herbal coffee alternatives OR getting in to tea. What do you think? Would coffee alt. or herbal tea do the same as your coffee? Also, I love smoothies for breakfast, and maybe rather than the fasting I could use smoothies to break myself of the Starucks. Any thoughts? You were asking for some meal ideas, right? How about some of the awesome meals that Carrie over at carrieonvegan.com shares on her What I Ate Wednesday posts. They are always so good, nutrient rich, and pretty quick. I love them and am really enjoying her blog, too. She has great ideas. I’m making her vegan sushi rolls this weekend. They seem quick, healthy, lean, and so YUMMY! Anyhoo, I loved this post! Great job and thanks for sharing! Your salads and tacos look amazing! You’ve inspired me today!! Oh, how many servings of fruits and veggies do you think you average per day? I’m obsessed with getting in like 9. I think I’m averaging 5-9 now. I’m curious what some of my health veg heroes are averaging. Thanks, Patty from Nevada

    • Christy Morgan 07 / 04 / 2013 Reply

      Hi Patty. I have one cup of organic fairtrade coffee with a splash of unsweetened almond milk. That is far from having a mocha from Starbucks (!!) which is full of sugar, fat, calories and isn’t organic. Tea would be a great alternative if you can’t just switch to one cup of coffee. Decaf is actually more processed and toxic than regular coffee. Get a darker roast which has less caffeine that the mild roast.

      A smoothie would also be a good alternative, which is what I used to do in the mornings. I have no idea about my veggie intake but I’m guessing about 3-4 servings of fruit and 6-8 servings of veggies.

  • Kristy 08 / 04 / 2013 Reply

    I wish I could do the fasting thing- I’ve tried. My blood sugar gets so low, though, that I feel like I’m going to pass out. Damn hypoglycemia! I like hearing that it’s working for you, because I’d only read about it and didn’t know of anyone who’d tried it.

    I always like seeing your instagram pics of what you eat during the day- it’s such a great reminder that I should be less lazy with my daytime meals (hummus and toast just doesn’t cut it everyday). 🙂

    I was also super flattered that you mentioned Keepin’ It Kind. Thank you, Christy- your one of my faves too. xx

    • Christy Morgan 08 / 04 / 2013 Reply

      I definitely had to work up to fasting until noon over like a month! Glad my ig lunch photos are inspiring. That is why I post them even though I feel like I’m the lazy one (but I guess lazy for a chef is just different lol)! You know I love you girl. xoxo

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