What I Eat in a Day: Surviving Without Coffee (or Gluten)

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Coffee, stat! If you’re jonesing for java the second you wake up, it may be time to rethink your morning routine. Remember, your body has been in hibernation mode for the last six to eight hours. What it really needs is to be rehydrated. In this video, I show you how I start the day without coffee, and how I manage to keep the train running throughout the day – with some healthy, energizing snacks along the way.


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First thing’s first: Drink a glass of water (yes, plain, no-coffee-added water).

Breakfast: I’m having a banana protein smoothie made with coconut water for extra electrolytes, which will make my muscles happy when I’m sweating it out at the gym. The sprinkling of chia seeds on top will also help keep me hydrated, since they’re known for retaining water and swelling up into a gel-like form. Retaining water doesn’t sound like a good thing, but it is in the dead-heat of summer and definitely not a bad way to fuel before a cardio workout.


2 frozen bananas
½ cup frozen pineapple
1 scoop Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Vanilla Protein
½ cup Harvest Bay All-Natural Coconut Water, or more until you reach the right consistency
Ice cubes

Toppings: Coconut flakes and chia seeds

Directions: In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and process until smooth and thoroughly mixed together. Top it off with coconut flakes and chia seeds for a truly tropical, banana breakfast shake.

Mid-morning/post-workout snack: The obsession with brie cheese continues, so I heated up a wedge to go with my favorite gluten-free nut crackers and a cup of tea. This is actually a good balance of protein to carbs to replenish my body after doing some cardio this morning.

I steeped David’s Tea Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is sweet and fruity, with two drops liquid vanilla stevia (the alcohol-free version).

Lunch: I’m making a giant, veggie-rich salad, so there’s enough for leftovers, and then washing it down with C2O Pure Coconut Water to keep my hydration on point.

Dinner: It’s time to cook up BBQ chicken. We’ll have that with a side of quinoa and the rest of the salad from lunch. Easy-peasy!

Evening snack: Avoiding gluten-filled foods means I don’t usually get to enjoy a lot of crunchy, salty snacks. Bhuja Snacks Cracker Mix makes my snack dreams come true. This mix features noodles, rice crackers, peanuts, chickpeas and spices. What I love is that everything is gluten free and non-GMO, plus the protein count is pretty good (4 grams per ½ cup). Thank you, Bhuja!

See, with enough healthy, wholesome food, you can keep your energy up all day long. Sorry, coffee.