Last year, I did a post on A week in the workouts of Shay and as soon as I did it, you guys started asking me to share what I eat in a week. So, that’s today. It’s just an overview of what I eat…because apparently, some of you are curious. (Which I TOTALLY get because those are the random posts I enjoy reading too on other people’s blogs!).
I would say that the older I get, the more my diet changes a bit. I have removed all soda from my life (I basically grew up on Diet Coke), I stopped using artificial sweeteners like Splenda and such in my coffee, I eliminated my daily latte (which was basically a miracle), I am drinking less coffee (typically only one cup a day!) and more tea, and I really try to eat more real food instead of you know…junk. I would rather have a little bit of something decadent than a whole bunch of something that’s only so-so. Over the last two years, I’ve made a bigger effort to enjoy more vegetarian meals when I can as well. I’m evolving and really trying to read my body for what it likes and what slows it down and makes me feel sluggish. That being said, I don’t deprive myself of treats, I just limit amount and don’t stuff myself.
So, here’s a little peek into what’s on my plate 🙂 .
So these are both typical breakfasts for me…
I love, love, love me some avocado toast. (I love avocado ANYTHING!) So, some mornings, I toast up some bread, top it with mashed avocado (and tomatoes if I have some) and sprinkle on some sea salt. I always drink a green veggie juice too with my breakfast. This 1915 Organic is my favorite brand.
And then other mornings, I toast up some waffles (I love Van’s Whole Grain the most) with almond butter, slivered almonds and berries.
I also love oatmeal…
…with either peanut butter or almond butter stirred in.
I begin my morning with coffee first thing when I wake up (around 4:15) and then have breakfast around 6:15.
When I’m home during the day with the girls, we tend to eat lunch pretty early (typically at 11:00). Lunch is always a wildcard depending on the season. In the summer, I almost always make a pasta salad/chicken salad or something like that at the beginning of the week and kind of eat on that all week (or I’ll make a big green salad). In the fall, I like to heat up leftover soups and chilis from the night before or I’ll make a burrito with either scrambled eggs or black beans (both with salsa and any other veggies I have on hand), and right now, I’m eating a lot of this for lunch…
…Greek take out.
So, Ashby, Madeley and I have become obsessed with this little Greek place and I’ve learned that if I order two entrees plus hummus, I can eat on that almost all week long. Last week, I bought one big Greek salad and an order of these chicken rolls (with onions and bell pepper inside) along with basil hummus and was able to turn that into 3 lunches. It’s different, it’s easy and it’s really good.
Eating Greek out on my driveway with my girls last Friday. Madeley loves her some hummus and pita bread!
Every afternoon, I have some sort of a snack before I get my kids from school. My go-to favorites are: hard-boiled eggs, trail mix, almonds, dried fruit, veggie smoothies with protein powder and hummus. Last Friday, I found myself with 15 whole minutes alone before I woke the littles up from their nap and went to get the big kids from school, so I…
…sat on my back patio and read a few pages while eating dried apricots.
Now, when people ask me what I make for dinner, that’s an easy answer because I always blog our suppers. Like yesterday, I posted this recipe…
…for Meatball Lentil Soup. I made this and served it alongside a big salad.
Our dinners almost always consist of the main course and one side (like a salad, roasted veggies or even guacamole with sliced tomatoes). We keep things very simple. I don’t prepare rolls or bread (unless it’s part of the recipe, like a burger or something) and multiple sides…we just eat our entree and one side (my kids will have fruit with theirs too). To see a gazillion of my entree recipes, click HERE.
Here are just a few more entrees we’ve enjoyed lately…
We love these Sheet Tray Suppers!
And click HERE to see a bunch of yummy spring recipes.
And I know many of you have heard me talk about my “every day brownie” and it’s just that…a little piece of brownie that Andrew and I eat every day. We started doing this years ago and it’s one of my very favorite times of the day (maybe even my favorite!). After the kids go to sleep, we head downstairs, talk about our day, watch about 30 minutes of TV together and eat a little something sweet (like a small brownie). It’s nothing too big or horrible for you…just something sweet to eat with my sweetie at night when my house is (finally) quiet. It’s just a nice little routine that is just ours.
Now, of course, I eat other things from time to time…but on a daily basis, this is what I enjoy. When I make sweet recipes for my blog or a cookbook, I always taste and sample (to make sure it’s good!) and then I typically share it with my Sunday school class at church. I made these Rainbow Pretzels the other day with Ashby and enjoyed a few with tea while I worked…
…but in a nutshell this is what I eat.
I feel silly discussing my diet…but I am also one of those blog readers who find random posts like this fun to read too. Okay, now it’s your turn. Give me some ideas of other things I can eat (especially snack ideas!). I would love some new options!! Please comment and share :).