Ok, let's get real. As much as Anna and I love to spend time in the kitchen, life is busy. We don't have countless hours to slave away on complicated meals every day. In fact, we rarely do, which is how we are able to relate to all of you multi-tasking ladies out there.
Last week, a client mentioned off hand that it would be insightful to see what we eat in a day. So I thought, why not?! Without taking any special prep or altering my routine, I documented an average Wednesday and am going to share it with you.
It's not fancy. It's not perfect. But, it is real life and maybe it will enlighten you that a healthy, balanced diet is more achievable than you thought. At least that is what I hope to achieve by sharing this with you.
Here goes nothin'...
A Day in the Life:
Wake up @ 6:30 am & eat breakfast! What's for Breakfast?... Overnight Oats. I usually make up a few of these at the beginning of the week so I can grab them on busy mornings. I actually decided to hold off on my run until the afternoon so I had a full hour to get ready, but I just love these overnight oats so much that I reached for them anyways. Oh and let's not forget a cup of coffee with hemp milk. Hemp is SO creamy and my go-to mix-in for coffee.
In a wide-mouth pint jar I mix: 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, splash of vanilla, sprinkle of cinnamon and drizzle of honey. I just eyeball the amounts. No need to measure.
I let it sit up at least overnight, but these jars stay good all week so I make several and keep them in the fridge.
Meet a client, then bike to work.
Work, work, work.
10:00am... Snack time! I always think protein and fiber. What's in my work drawer?? Single serve almond butter packet.Perfect for squeezing straight into my mouth. I told you this wasn't fancy. Protein, check. But wait, where's my fiber? I grab for some bell peppers that I had cut up in the work fridge.* Who says almond butter and bell peppers don't pair well? Tastes delicious to me.
*I typically put carrots, peppers & snap peas in baggies at the beginning of the week. I bring a few to work each day and put in the fridge for easy snacking.
Meeting, work, meeting.
12:30am calls for a lunch break. Good thing I packed a big plant-based salad with my favorite protein-rich tofu dressing. I make a big batch of this almost every week. It makes a full quart and it is good for 7-10 days. Today, I brought a healthy serving of it to go on top of chopped lacinato kale, garbanzo beans (from a can) and quinoa (my batch cooked grain of the week - I typically pick one or two grains to make in bulk on Sunday or Monday).
For the dressing, I blend the following ingredients in my food processor: 16-oz package of silken tofu, 1.5 cups nutritional yeast, 1/4 cup tahini, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup tamari, and 1/2 cup water (My best friend, Kelly, has adapted this to a thai version by subbing cilantro for nutritional yeast, peanut butter for tahini, & adding a Serrano pepper for extra heat - um, Yum!!)
I also munched on some carrots to end my lunch. Call me crazy but they are a little bit sweet and I find a satisfying way to end a meal.
Work, work, work.
Hungry again! Time to overcome the 3pm hump. Grab an apple and 2 squares of dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds. Chocolate is my afternoon snack of choice. It keeps me alert and satisfies my sweet tooth. I washed this down with a Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar drink. I discovered these in college as they were a product of research spearheaded by one of my nutrition professors. Delicious and energizing!
Work some more, then at 5:30pm it is time to bike home.
Finally ready to run!! Yay!! Nothing like hitting the trails after a day at the office. But first, a pre-run snack. Blueberries topped with cocoa nibs. Ever since my tour of Theo chocolate factory, I have been utilizing cocoa nibs for my pre-workout stimulant of choice. The theobromine in cocoa has a milder, longer-lasting effect than the caffeine in coffee but may still provide the same enhancing effect on athletic performance. Either way, I'll take an excuse to eat another bit of chocolate!
Feeling refreshed from getting out and moving, I head home and quick grill up some dinner. This week I bought a new type of fish (it was on sale), rock fish. Throw some seafood rub on there, wrap in tinfoil and toss on the grill. Alongside the fish is brocollini in the grill basket (tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper). Heat up some quinoa from my stash while that grills up and 10 minutes later I've got a well-balanced post-run meal. Woohoo!
Now to kick my feet up and relax with my soon-to-be husband :) Did I mention, I'm getting married in just over 3 weeks?!!! Gotta soak up these moments.
So? Doesn't sound so hard, right? Right! Eat often. Eat enough. Eat a variety. Eat the rainbow. Eat your veggies. Don't stress. Listen to your body. Food is your friend. Plan ahead.
Hope this was helpful! Now taking requests for future blog posts!