Eating healthy can be tough! I’m constantly learning and sometimes struggling with it, but I’m getting healthier and making permanent changes to my lifestyle each day. While it is not always easy I’ve taken on a slow and steady approach and so far it’s been working for me. I started this journey around December 1, 2016 (a little bit ahead of the ‘New Year, New Me’ crew…lol) and it has required a top to bottom turn around of the bad habits I’d recently established. I decided that I had to make a change for myself.
I won’t make this about my weight loss. I’ll talk more about what I’m doing to drop pounds and get healthier once I reach more of my goals. Just know that I don’t have terrible cravings or impulse fast food runs like I used to.
So for now, I’ll be popping in with all the deets on what I eat in a day because we can all use a little inspo!
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Blueberries & Spices
I thoroughly enjoy breakfast time. Admittedly, it can be hard to steer clear of breads and sweets early in the morning, but it is possible! I typically go with an egg white and spinach scramble. But this morning I had another fav of mine: oatmeal. Oatmeal is so good for you, IF you don’t sabotage it with sugar, butter and dairy! I know, I know. I’m sorry. But you can still make it tasty without all the bad stuff.
How I Like My Oatmeal:
1/2 cup oats
1 cup almond milk (gives it a creamy texture, yum!)
1/2 blueberries or strawberries
drizzle of honey (don’t go overboard)
dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
Mid-Morning Snack: Hummus and Naan Chips
The period between breakfast and lunch is crucial for me. When that hunger hits, it HITS. And it is easy to accidentally find a whole ahh burger or fries to scarf down. It happens so fast!
Today, I went for a classic: hummus. I love hummus. I tried a new brand today (pictured above) that I’m not completely sold on, but it was still yummy. I paired it with a few whole grain naan chips, for a nice crunch. If I’m feeling super healthy I eat my hummus with raw vegetables.
Lunch: Chicken, Kale Salad & Maple Roasted Carrots
I had a little time on my hands and randomly felt like cooking. Take note that this does NOT happen often. OK? I opted for a pretty carb-less lunch and was craving roasted carrots (I made some for a salad at Christmas dinner). They are so freaking good to me and I’m not a carrot person. I had some kale in the refrigerator, so I put that together with some caramelized red onions, feta cheese and crumbled turkey bacon. The flavors, man. You can use a drizzle (I love that word) of salad dressing. And for a little protein I grabbed some chicken thighs (not my favorite) and seasoned them with salt, pepper, minced garlic cumin and a little stir fry sauce. So doggone good!
**Note: I use olive oil for all of my cooking.**
Dinner: Lunch’s Leftovers
For dinner, I try to eat before 7:00ish. It doesn’t always happen that way. Life lol. Today I had leftovers from lunch, minus the carrots and feta cheese on the salad. This was a good energy boost before the gym.
Evening Snack: Green Smoothie
After the gym I headed to my favorite juice bar. I typically grab their Ginger Greens juice (ginger, apple, kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, lemon). Today, I got the Green Smoothie (spinach, kale, pineapple, banana , lemon, organic coconut milk , organic apple juice). A great way to end the night.
Oh yes, I drink TONS and TONS of water! In fact, nothing but water.
I hope this series provides some inspiration for healthy meals. Feel free to mimic or switch up anything you see. I will say, I am not one to count each calorie or write down what I eat EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I’m making a lifestyle change and don’t see myself writing down what I eat for the rest of my life. I’m just not with it. I do what feels right for my body and cut back on portions. So far, it’s working!
Thanks for checking out What I Ate Today! I’ll be back with another one soon.