I've had a several requests lately to share what my typical daily diet consists of. I used to be one of those girls who would hear about a diet a friend was doing and jump on the bandwagon: "I'll drop carbs, sugars, and dairy with you for 6 weeks!" Two days later, I'd be a total grouch dyyying for my sweets, and then what happens? Since I wasn't "allowed" to have sweets, all I wanted was chocolate and once I had it, the rest of my day was down the tubes!
Different things work for different people, but for me, cutting out the "bad stuff" completely is just too hard and restricting, and it leads me to make bad/reckless eating decisions. Instead, I just try to fill up on healthy foods that make me feel great, and then I leave room for something sweet if I still want it (which I usually do). How amazing do you feel after a big healthy salad? SOO much better than you do after chowing down on processed junk food, right?!
That being said, I do believe in letting your hair down on the weekends ... if you want to go to your favorite Italian restaurant and have some amazing homemade pasta, delicious wine, and a share a dessert, I'm all for it! If I indulge one day, I make sure to eat super clean and healthy the next few days.
So here goes a typical weekday in my life . . .
When I wake up - water with lemon or water w/ 2 tsp apple cider vinegar. Great way to detox and alkalize your system!
Breakfast - after hitting snooze 3 times, I'm rushing out the door to work so I usually end up eating breakfast when I get there. I keep a bunch of Trader Joe's frozen Steel-Cut Oatmeal packs in the freezer at work and it's the perfect filling (and convenient) breakfast to start my day. I always add a few shakes of ground cinnamon (great for boosting metabolism!) and about 1 tbsp of chia seeds. Depending how hungry I am, I'll sometimes add a tbsp of raw almond butter which makes the oatmeal extra creamy.
Snack - Either fresh berries and a few almonds, a Larabar, or 2 hard boiled eggs.
Lunch - I always pack my lunch because 1- it saves my hard-earned money, and 2- I have control over what ingredients I'm eating. My typical lunch is a giant vegetarian salad. Below is an example of the salads (and snacks) I pack for my husband and I to take to work. Its full of yummy ingredients - arugula, spinach, edamame, garbanzo beans, Persian cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sliced almonds, hard boiled egg, dried (unsweetened) blueberries, and I'll almost always top them with avocado. I usually add sliced turkey or chicken to my husband's salad so he has some extra protein!
It may seem like a bunch of ingredients, but if you have them somewhat prepped (chopped veggies, rinsed beans, etc). it will take you no time to throw together.
Afternoon snack (if I'm still hungry) - a green juice, fruit, cut up veggies with hummus, a few bites of avocado, OR if I want something sweet, I always go get a "Freeze" from Pressed Juicery which happens to be down the street from my office! It's sort of like soft serve frozen yogurt, but it's made entirely from fruit, veggies, nuts, and sweetened only with dates!
Dinner: my usual go-to's are Quinoa Enchilada Casserole, Grilled Chicken with roasted veggies, Salmon with a side salad and a roasted sweet potato, or a big salad like the Mediterranean Kale Salad with some form of protein. You get the gist - heavy on the veggies with a lean protein!
Dessert: if I haven't already had my dessert fix that day, I'll go for a few squares of a chocolate bar, some chocolate covered almonds, or some fresh berries if I'm being really good!
What about you guys? What does your typical work-day menu look like? I always love hearing about your healthy tips and tricks!
July 28th, 2016
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.