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A Day in the Life of a Nutrient Hunter

People quite frequently ask us what a day in our lives looks like. In particular, what we eat. What do we eat? How often? How much? Do we cheat sometimes? What happens when we get craving for cinnamon buns and soft drinks?  So, a few days we had a camera follow us along our day.

We started the day with a cup of coffee and a splash of oat milk. We usually do not eat until twelve o’clock, and the coffee gives us something to sip on while providing a little extra boost. When the weather permits we like to drink it outdoors on our walk with dogs or in the garden until we realize that the clock is ticking and we need to hurry away more than likely with only one glove or a forgotten wallet.

Lunch is arguably our most important meal of the day. Here we break the fast that ideally has been going on since 8 pm the previous night and we replenish with a large amount of nutrient dense deliciousness. Sometimes it’s a salad, sometimes and casserole, sometimes a soup. Regardless, the meal in nine cases out of ten is completely vegetarian and full of vegetables, grains, beans and seeds of various sorts and colors. We make sure to get lots of X’s in our nutrient hunter compass and possibly unbuttoned the top button of our jeans. Just today, we ate vegan meatloaf made with tofu at the office and drank to that a glass of water with apple cider vinegar.

In the afternoon we drink a lot of tea, but we usually stop by late afternoon, not for any reason more particular than that we like a full night’s rest and want to avoid waking up for a midnight wee. The current favorites are Earl Grey and mint. Today we had to good fortune of someone baking at the office today, so we took a piece of plum cake with our tea. And added to more X’s for the almonds and plums in the recipe! Want that recipe, get it here.

After work we stick home, and at 6:30 pm, it’s time for dinner. Currently at home we never really know what reaction we are going to get to the dinner being served since the reactions range from glee to total disappointment but today we decided to go for our simple eggplant pasta. We crossed our fingers and believe it or not – the little minions liked it! Definitely adding that to the gratitude journal tonight! 

Simple eggplant pasta
(4 servings)

2 eggplants
1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 cups chopped tomato
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili flakes
¼ cup fresh basil + garnish
2 zucchini (instead of pasta for those who prefer the alternative)

Slice the eggplant into fairly thin round slices. Bring a bit of water to a boil in a saucepan then place your steam basket with eggplant in the pot and steam until soft. Heat the onion and garlic gently in a saucepan with a little oil until soft. Add the tomatoes and spices. Allow to simmer until the sauce has thickened a little. And last but not least, put in the steamed eggplant. Leave to simmer on the lowest setting. Prepare the pasta or zucchini noodles then combine with the eggplant sauce and top with fresh chopped basil.

The goal is to stop eating after 8pm, so at 7:52 we take the chance nourish the body for the days last time. Today it was a celery smoothie but yesterday it was nice cream and tomorrow it will be seed porridge with apple compote recipe from our latest book Nutrient Hunter.

Our strategy is mostly to go by what we find in our cupboards at home!

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