The dietitian side of me is always curious to see what other people are eating on a daily basis, so I figured that it might be fun to have a day of showing what I’m eating from morning till night.
Some days are different (i.e., I like ice cream and french fries too!) but for the most part, this is a pretty typical pattern.
Especially the night time chocolate snack, which is an absolute MUST. Chocolate has heart health benefits and it keeps my cravings at bay. So yes. That makes chocolate a must, must, must in my life. 😉
Breakfast this morning was 1/4 cup oatmeal cooked with 1 cup water and lots of spice, in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. I cooked the oats for about 3 minutes in the microwave, with 1/2 a banana. The other half was served on top, along with 2 Tbsp. almond butter.
Plus a glass of vanilla soy milk on the side for some extra protein and a calcium boost.
Gotta get my daily coffee fix!
I used to only drink sweetened coffee until discovering that the sweetness of soy milk was enough to satisfy me. And now I’m turned on to unsweetened almond milk, which gives the coffee a nice nutty flavor (without any added sweeteners.)
A cup of apple spiced tea after a brisk 45 minute morning walk.
Grocery shopping came later in the afternoon, which meant I had to (literally) scrounge around the fridge to make today’s lunch.
Thankfully, there were plenty of mixed greens left, so I had a large plate of that with a diced carrot, about 1/4 cup salsa, 1/2 cup beans, 2 Tbsp walnut pieces and 2 Wasa Sourdough crackers crumbled on top. Lemon juice and fresh black pepper completed the deal for a surprisingly satisfying (and filling!) lunch.
There’s something about a parfait that makes everything seem so special. Something about spooning crunchy sweet bits of berries, granola and yogurt out of a large jar that is just so irresistibly fun!
Today’s parfait included layers of about 1 cup plain, fat free yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon, 1 cup of strawberries and 1/4 cup homemade granola.
Layers of goodness.
Drinking licorice tea while making dinner!
Thursdays can be a bit insane around here, so I made dinner simple tonight.
In a 400 degree oven, I roasted 1 chopped kabocha squash, 10 brusses sprouts (halved,) 1 large fennel bulb (sliced thin), 5 cloves garlic (peeled and sliced,) 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar and 2 pinches of crushed red pepper in the oven for 40 minutes, flipping half way through the cooking time.
Once that was ready, I simply scooped about 2 cups worth of veggies on top of about 1/2 cup cooked rice. The finishing touch was 1/4 cup 50% reduced fat cheddar cheese and 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds.
You can’t go wrong with any combination of roasted veggies, healthy fats, protein and a whole grain underneath.
Sometimes simple really is best!
Daily chocolate fix = handful of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate covered almonds.
QUESTION: Do your days seem to follow a pretty “set” pattern as far as your eating habits go? I don’t follow any hard and fast rules but I will almost always (1) have some form of produce with each snack/meal, (2) have a piece of some form of dark chocolate and (3) eat every 3-4 hours to keep my metabolism humming and to keep feelings of starvation away. These simple three guidelines keep me happy. 😀