What do we eat on a daily basis? Are you curious? I’m endlessly fascinated by what y’all eat every day. I read quite a few blogs where people document their daily meals. And I love them. So, I thought I’d share an overview of what we eat.
Breakfast: Twice a month, I bake a double or triple batch of granola for my husband. My go-to recipe is by Pam, and it’s a light version: it uses a few tablespoons of oil, water and maple syrup.
Me? I don’t eat granola for breakfast. I like HOT food in the morning; cold milk over granola makes me crabby. Every morning, I make myself a cup of green tea, and I grab something on my way out the door. I bake on the weekends to have things on hand. My favorites are: Lauren’s no-bake granola bars, Heidi’s oatcakes with flax and walnuts (above), and also Heidi’s bran muffins (below). I simply must fill my belly with whole grains and nuts in the morning, or I’ll be hungry 30 minutes later.
On days when I don’t feel like going to work, I bribe myself with an Earl Grey Latte. This used to only happen on Fridays, but it’s becoming more of a daily thing lately…
Mid-morning: I try to eat a snack before lunch. I’m not the best at it. If I eat anything, it’s usually a small piece of cheese, a cup of yogurt or a piece of seasonal fruit (lately it’s red grapefruit).
Lunch: I pack our lunches each morning. For him, I always pack a sandwich on whole-grain bread. I use avocado or hummus as the ‘glue’, and I layer on meat, cheese and greens for him. If he’s lucky, I grilled some portobellos the night before, and I’ll make him a sandwich with roasted red peppers, olive oil, basil, balsamic and fresh mozzarella. Sometimes, I pack him parsley-egg salad. I pack him a handful of baby carrots (or cucumber slices or celery sticks), and I’ll add a few pieces of seasonal fruit or yogurt. Once a week, I’ll add a package of pistachios or banana chips. He loves those. I take leftovers from dinner for my lunch ( again, I have to have HOT food). I add a handful of baby carrots and a piece of fruit to round out my lunch.
After-work: This is my weakness. I come home famished and grab anything salty in sight: mostly pita chips, pretzels, or chips with Texas caviar (black eyed pea salsa, if you don’t know). I’ve been trying to eat smarter this time of day. I tell myself I’ll make a small green smoothie, or I’ll try to eat my mid-morning snack that I neglected, but most often, it’s something crunchy and salty. Brian rarely snacks after work. He usually pours himself a beer or a splash of whiskey while I cook.
Dinner: Dinner is the highlight of my day. I put a lot of effort into healthy dinners. I meal-plan, I grocery shop, and I prep ahead of time. I try to pack as many vegetables into dinner as possible. The truth is, we don’t eat a lot of meat. No real reason. I’m not trying to save the planet or tell you meat is bad, honestly! If I have to see meat raw, chances are I don’t want to eat it cooked. Plus, I hate how many times I have to wash my hands when I’m cooking with meat. I definitely eat meat at restaurants, but we’ll get to that later. I rely on beans, lentils, tofu, cheese (mainly ricotta or feta), eggs, soba noodles and quinoa for our protein. One night each week, I’ll try to work in some chicken or ground turkey. Once or twice a month, I’ll force the beef. It’s hard, though.
Certain dinners make excellent lunch leftovers:
Dessert: We have to have dessert. Have to. I’ve read that craving sweets is due to a lack of protein (because your body craves cheap, easy energy from sugar), and we’re probably walking examples of this problem. Brian will snack on whatever Dessert For Two we have laying around, and I’ll munch of those fleur-de-sel caramels from Trader Joe’s. I’ll end my night with a cup of herbal tea.
I also have one little rule: I eat dessert or a glass of wine—never both. It’s a good rule to live by, and it has served me well.
I learned a lot writing this out. I learned that I’m slightly more inclined to make sure Brian eats healthy than myself. I focus on his healthy snacks, but not my own. I’ve got to fix that. I should tell you that I will eat meat at restaurants (because I didn’t have to see it raw or wash my hands 10 times during cooking). Don’t be mistaken: I love a good In n Out or Smashburger, and hot dogs are my personal weakness and cross to bear. I’m not a role model when it comes to eating. Most likely, I’m not getting enough protein or calories throughout the day. I am working on this, I promise. But, lately, I’ve had high acid stomach issues due to life stress. When your stomach hurts after every time you eat, it kinda makes you not want to eat, ya know?
Goals: I’m going to work on adding frozen seafood to our meals. It’s easy, quick and I hardly have to touch it with my hands, hah! Brian loves juicing, so I’m going to recommit to green drinks for snacks. I adore pineapple + kale + strawberries.
If you’re curious about exercise, well, not much to report. We both have jobs that require us to be active throughout the day. I lift heavy stuff and I’m on my feet all day. Brian essentially farms during the day. I try to go to yoga at least once a week (yoga is my drug and I’ll pass you a hit anytime). I know we need to set fitness goals. I’d like to learn to lift small weights and do some strength exercises.
I know lots of you are going to have comments and opinions on this, so feel free to express yourselves!
Do y’all have any tips on how to work in more protein?