Wednesday, June 19, 2013

My (Sort-of!) Pescetarian Diet

I've been on a healthy kick for the past few months, trying to kick my body into tip-top shape for upcoming summer pool and beach activities. When I'm in Korea, I went to yoga three/four times a week, as well as the occasional FightFit class (a version of CrossFit tailored for martial arts fighters) or two if I could squeeze it in my schedule. In Europe, I went to yoga, Zumba, and step classes. I've also been paying attention to my food, trying to be conscious of what I'm putting into my body... with a few exceptions when I would be traveling, of course (hey, I'm on vacation!). What I've realized is that with a few exceptions when I've dined out with friends or been on vacation, I've been eating a fairly pescetarian diet. Here are a few of my meals I've eaten these past few months:

Extra firm tofu: Pan-fried with a little olive oil dunked in soy sauce mixed with ground sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, and freshly sliced jalapeño peppers for a huge tastebud kick.

Vegetarian bimbap: 1 cup of purple sticky rice/barley rice mixed with LOADS of greens (only know the Korean names of them!), cucumbers, fresh jalapeño peppers, sesame oil, red pepper paste, and topped with a fried egg (preferably with the yolk runny!). My recipe for this can be seen here

Cutlassfish or hairtail fish (갈치): Lightly salted and pan-fried in EVOO skin-on. Delicious alone or with rice (my preference is usually barley or purple sticky rice). White flaky skin +  salty goodness = healthy nom.

Yellow croaker (조기): The fish heads kind of freak me out but also lightly salted and pan-fried. This fish is less salty than the cutlassfish but has a really clean flavor.

Raw pomegranate seeds: Pomegranates are traditionally a winter fruit so I'm running around town trying to find sellers who still have some in stock. Pomegranates are one of my favorite fruits and it's a pain to de-seed them but I just de-seed 4 at one time and store them in the fridge for an easy snack. One pomegranate contains approximately 50% of your daily recommended Vitamin C, so eat up!
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Raw blueberries: Fresh blueberries are a bit pricey in Korea, but there is nothing better than biting into a blueberry and enjoying that sweet flavor. The antioxidant benefits of blueberries are well-known, but they also help soften skin, prevent UTIs, and help reverse age-related memory loss.

For a natural sugary kick, I love fresh strawberries and mangoes. Mangoes are one of my top three favorite fruits ever, but they tend to run a bit pricey in South Korea. Strawberries are cheaper to buy, but you have to make sure to get the quality ones. You may pay a bit more but they're sweeter and larger. 

Orange slices: I love tangerines in the winter, but oranges are definitely sweeter for spring and summer. If you cut them up into 8 pieces, it's easy to bite into and separate the orange from the peel. I like to save the peels and steep for orange scented water to spritz on my face or drink very cold. 

Freshly squeezed carrot juice: I don't have a juicer so I didn't make this but I find juicers to be too much maintenance- I think it takes like 8 carrots to make enough juice to fill the bigger container on the right. I just buy them fresh from Shinsegae Department Store in Dogok (도곡). No added sugar or water, just strained carrot juice. 

I like to buy bell peppers (I like the red ones for spice, the yellow ones for sweetness), pineapple, squash, oranges, tomatos, and cucumbers, slice and place in an airtight container, and snack on during the day.

I think that my high tofu/vegetable intake is also the reason why my energy levels are increased. I've also dropped weight but since I've also increased my workouts, I'm not attributing the weight loss to this diet alone, but I feel like the substitution of tofu for dairy and cutting out pork and beef is an interesting experiment to try, at least until I'm beachside ready!

Which of these do you think you'd enjoy?

11 comments:

  1. All of this looks so delicious and healthy!

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    1. I didn't want to sacrifice taste and tofu is surprisingly one of my fave things to eat! I don't understand why people hate it!

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  2. Yummy! I`m also trying to eat more healthy! <3

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    1. It's bikini season, girlfriend! ^_~

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    1. Amazing! I love your posts, they always make me think twice about dressing down in the mornings haha!

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  6. This food looks fab! (minus the fish for me)
    Your blog is great :)
    xoxo

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    1. Ohh I got so many questions about the fish on Instagram! Maybe it's an Asian thing but there is nothing like a crispy skin fish with steaming white meat on the inside! Love fish so much!

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