DAY ON A PLATE WITH BROWN PAPER’S JACQ ALWILL
We know you’re flooded with all sorts of information when it comes to nutrition and sometimes it’s overwhelming when all you really want to know is how to eat on a daily basis to keep you in good nick right? This week Jacq Alwill hands over what’s happening on her daily plate to give you some inspiration and insight into how she fuels and thrives.
Around 5-545 I rise and scrape my tongue. Last year Jac Lewis of The Broad Place gave me a copper tongue scraper and I’ve been addicted to it every since. Like many I can’t stand the furry tongue feeling in the morning so this is 100% my thing. It’s an ayurvedic practice to help remove bacteria, dead cells and fungi and toxins from the mouth. Once I’ve done my morning tongue scrape, I have the juice of 1/2 lemon in warm filtered water (approx 500ml) sipped through a straw so the acidity doesn’t damage my teeth. Over the years I’ve toyed around with different morning rituals in cleansing and at times gone short and sharp lemon drink or alternatively pure filtered water, more recently I’ve discovered the combo of a good long drink of warm lemon water works best for my body. Once I’ve drunk it, I meditate for 20 minutes. Following my meditation I brew a pot of Matcha or black tea, I can’t do coffee in the morning and to be honest it doesn’t do much for me at other times either. You can read more about that here…
I’m not a huge breakfast eater, a smoothie or raw juice is enough for me in the mornings. My chai smoothie is the winner right now and I love the fact I’m using a second round of my tea from the day before and not wasting anything in my home.
Can be a turmeric latte with cinnamon, small piece of nut butter fudge (yes yes and yes) or simply a piece of fruit depending on where and how the day is working. Being on the road a lot for work means that I’ve become quite accustomed to carrying a snack bag to ensure that if meals are at odd times I always have some food on hand and don’t become the inevitable hangry.
Love love love the break in the day for lunch, it’s possibly one of my most favourite meals and the one featured in the pic is generally how I eat. Plenty of greens like sauteed or marinated kale, spinach, steamed broccoli, roast left over vegetables, some form of fat like avocado, ricotta, cottage cheese or pesto and then some protein which is mostly eggs, chicken, fish and often legumes. Nourish bowls made from leftovers are my thang.
If I’m hungry after lunch around 4pm is my snack window. It’s usually seed snaps, carrots and hummus, raw nuts and seeds if I’ve not had any that day, some gelatin gummies, or a green juice (I know I know… #greenjuiceforlife).
Very much depends on the season and weather and what’s been brewing in the kitchen. If we’ve been recipe testing or had a catering job where any leftovers remain from prep (and that’s pretty rare but it does happen sometimes!) then I combine those to create dinner. Otherwise when it’s Jet and I our go to favourites of late have been Vegetarian Cottage Pie, Fish Taco Bowl and Zucchini Pasta with Halloumi, and when we’re getting our red meat hit then a quick Steak with pesto and golden brussels definitely tops it for time, taste and nutrition.
I used to eat a little piece of dark chocolate or have a healthy ice cream made from fruit or yoghurt with Jet after dinner, but recently I’ve not felt the need and know my digestion the following morning is better for it. Herbal tea infusions are my favourite as an evening ritual and wind down for a good night sleep.