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What I Eat In A Day: Daily Grub Diary #4

what I ate today

Summer has come and gone! I spent the entire summer trying to find a groove in my work-life balance. Early mornings were my necessity to maximize my days with my kids. Now that I have almost mastered that balance we have another “new normal.”

I’ve realized new normals come often in life and we can choose to whine about it OR we can choose to kick its BUTT.

I chose the latter! So, here’s my updated what I ate today, and how I managed to eat so well during a busy day. 

What I Ate Today

Wednesday, July 26th

Wake Up: 4.30 alarm clock leads me directly to COFFEE! Lately, I have been replacing the butter in my coffee with coconut oil!

Breakfast

Breakfast has slowly become my favorite meal of the day (my husband loves that). I actually used to hate breakfast because I didn’t get very creative in the kitchen with it.  Once I worked towards discovering new foods I love for breakfast, it was on!

I was in desperate need of grocery shopping and I ate zero veggies all day the day before. S0 I stocked up and started getting them in early that day.

I used my KitchenAid spiralizer and made a huge batch of zucchini noodles for the rest of the week. While those spun, I also sliced 2 ounces of baby creamer potatoes that I had already meal prepped in my Instant Pot. Then, I sauteed them in the pan with a light spray of olive oil until golden brown.

I created zoodle nests (still raw) and topped each with potatoes and a runny yolk.

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This was a nutritious and filling breakfast. I mean, just look at that serving size! And while I was at it, I prepped the same for the next day’s breakfast! While things cooked, I also laid out shrimp and lean ground beef to defrost for our dinner.

Lunch

Today was a working lunch. I knew I was deep in the middle of client emails, writing, and projects. So, I reached for an easy protein packed lunch. Today it was my favorite tuna from Trader Joe’s atop a bed of arugula (make sure to add in those greens) along with Milton’s gluten free rice crackers.

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For a little sweet something after I ate, I also reached for my obsession right now — a Figgy Pop.

Today I worked out in the afternoon. Now, this isn’t my favorite time of day. I tend to just feel more fatigued and slow because it isn’t my regular routine. The 8-9 am workout window is my jam, and I’ve grown used to that instead of working out in the afternoon.

Pre-Workout Snack

For a pre-workout snack, I prepared one of my go-tos. A rice cake with 2 tablespoons PB fit (mixed with water to create a creamy texture) and ½ sliced banana.  However, I’ve been really enjoying Lundberg’s newer rice cake stackers.  They are more thin and crispy and I like the overall crunchiness much more.  I feel like it’s a faux chip.

Dinner

Dinner was exceptionally amazing if I do say so myself.

The kids (and my husband and I too) love the homemade chips I make. Tonight I decided to make tostada shells instead of regular chips.

While the meat sauteed in pans, I followed my homemade tortilla chip recipe (sans the cutting step) and allowed the shells to bake in the oven.

One of the main reasons I was inspired that evening to make tostadas was because a friend had also brought me fresh sweet corn from a farm in northern Arizona. I popped it in the microwave for about two minutes to soften it up and then cut it off the cob into a bowl.

Next, I added in fresh chopped cilantro, a dash of salt and lime juice to create a fresh, flavor-packed, and easy salsa to go on top of the tostadas.

As a “glue” for the tostada fixings I also mashed avocado and mixed in plain Greek yogurt to spread it a bit further (roughly 1:1 ratios).  The flavor is still rich in avocado taste but higher in protein, so it will help keep the whole family fuller, longer!

Evening Snack

I still mentally enjoy a snack after dinner.  I get great questions about what time frame is too late to eat. It is really a loaded question and depends on your normal schedule, meal size, and type of food making up the snack or meal.

Late evening meals of indulgent proportions that are not nutrient dense are vastly different in effect than consuming a nutrient dense, small portioned meal prior to bed. Research suggests that there may be positive effects for eating meals closer to bedtime as well.

I personally try to leave my digestive system to rest for 12 hours a day and typically try to finish my last snack before 7 to 8 pm and don’t eat breakfast until 7 to 8 the following morning.

I had just made fresh Cashew pecan butter the day before so I saved for some of it as a treat during the day.  Then I topped it with a few Enjoy Life Chips and boom, I was completely content! It was a sweet treat that didn’t have me feeling guilty or overindulgent. And that’s what I ate today!

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Daily Grub Diary #3: What I Ate In A Day

Daily Grub Diary #3

We are all such creatures of habit.  We tend to eat the foods we were raised on, shop in the same grocery stores and order the same things when we go out to eat.

I hate food habit.  I joke with people and say I have food (and workout) A.D.D.  I don’t like eating the same exact thing every day and I feel the same about my workouts.  I get bored fast and need something new to keep me motivated and compliant.  I think that is one of the main reasons I fell in love with Crossfit.

But I too fall victim to redundancy and have a few staples I gravitate towards in my busy life.  I am always open to suggestions and love when current and past clients send me food they think I must try (so keep it coming)!

I began my Grub Diaries to share with people what I eat in order add a little diversity into their own diet and get out of a food rut.  You can visit diary 1 here and diary two here.

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What I ate on April 13, 2017

 

Breakfast

My coffee is still more like a ritual.  I go to bed dreaming of it and wake up sprinting for it.  I guess I could be dreaming of worse, right?!?!

For breakfast I fried 1 whole and 2 egg whites up in a quick spray of olive oil.  I am often asked what I do with yolks.  My pets are the lucky recipients of those yolks most mornings and they are right at my feet waiting for them.

Alongside the eggs I toasted 2 slices of Little Northern Bakehouse Millet and Chia Seed bread. I spread 1 tablespoon of Costco Organic Peanut Butter between the 2 slices and 1 tablespoon of Crofters Superfruit Jam.  I recently found the Superfruit flavor and it has ZERO added cane sugar in it, just fruit.

 

While breakfast cooked I threw a Chuck Roast into the Crock Pot to cook all day with 1 jar of mild banana peppers to make my own version of Italian beef.

 

 

Lunch:

The night before I had made one of our favorite recipes, a Paleo spin on Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana.  I use  a modified version of the recipe from www.tastesoflizzyt.com. I usually leave out the bacon or butter to reduce fat.  In my opinion, you just don’t need it. I also use white sweet potatoes for a hint of sweet to the savory flavor of the soup.  I saute the meat and then let it cook with the broth, and potatoes and spices all day.  Then roughly a ½ hour before we eat I add in fresh shredded kale and 1 cup coconut milk as the recipe suggests.  And I promise, you can’t even taste a hint of the coconut flavor in it.  I think it tastes even yummier the day after too.

 

Snack:

I was still a bit hungry after the soup so I opted for some veggies to leave more space in my day for dinner (because I love what was to come).  So I sliced up some cucs and mini sweet peppers, poured 1-2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar over top with salt and pepper to taste.  So yummy!

 

Pre-Workout:

About two hours after lunch I knew I would be grabbing the kids from school and sneaking in a quick workout.  I hate working out hungry.  I feel like it zaps the energy right out of me.

My pre-workout snack was a rice cake topped with 1 tablespoon PB Fit and half a sliced banana (and I ate the other half alone).  This is a go-to snack for me. The crunch, with the sweet and salty makes me happy.

Dinner:

I wanted to share a super simple recipe in this post that you can prep ahead and can fit into a busy life. My house smelled fantastic all day with the chuck roast cooking in my Crock pot.

About thirty minutes before it was done I sauteed cauliflower rice in 1 teaspoon avocado oil (you can easily leave this out to save room on fat) and a small amount of vegetable broth to soften.  I love cauliflower rice to add volume to a rice dish and to sneak in that additional vegetable serving. In another pan I followed the directions on the Lundberg Basmati rice to prep it and boom…it was so dang good.

 

Bedtime Snack:

I love a snack somewhere after dinner but not too close to bed.  It is never anything heavy and frequently it is this: 1 tablespoon of my fresh homemade cashew pecan butter (recipe coming soon to the blog) that I save for all day and a few Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.

So, cheers to food diversity and continually trying something new while still working in that something we love each day.

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