What I eat!

, What I eat!

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…

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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.

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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…

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…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…

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…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.

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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…

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…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…

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…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…

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We love these Sheet Tray Suppers!

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Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

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BBQ Pineapple Baked Chicken Tacos

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And click HERE to see a bunch of yummy spring recipes.

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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…

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…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 :).

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 5, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I want to go to that Greek place so badly. The food looks so good! I wish more restaurants like that existed here!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • kristen April 5, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      What is the name of the greek place? Wild love to try! Thank you.

  • Nicole April 5, 2017 at 5:05 am

    You have such a balanced and healthy mindset on food, so it’s encouraging to read. ? My question is for when you go to dinner parties, potluck style get togethers, or even to restaurants – what does your plate usually look like? I don’t take you for one who ever eats beyond feeling stuffed, so what’s your overall approach? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 5:21 am

      I like to eat things I don’t eat at home. I try to find something on the menu (or at the party) that I don’t get very often.

  • Sara B. April 5, 2017 at 5:17 am

    My 2 favorite afternoon snacks before I pick up the kids are plain Greek yogurt with fruit and a little honey stirred in (sometimes almonds stirred in too), and slices of deli turkey with laughing cow cheese spread on it and a small dill pickle, and then roll it up. I usually eat 3 of these. I would love more snack ideas too!

  • Erika Slaughter April 5, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Why are these posts so fun to read?! But I’m right there with you!!

  • Sheaffer Sims April 5, 2017 at 5:26 am

    I never make oatmeal, but I like it, so I need to start doing that! My go to breakfast for the longest time has been multigrain crackers with laughing cow cheese and dried cranberries. Totally more of a snack than a breakfast, but I always want it in the mornings! For lunch lately I’ve been sauteing up some mushroom, red peppers, and onions and then using egg white to make a big scramble. I top it with a few salad tortilla strips, a little bit of grated cheese, and some salsa!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily April 5, 2017 at 5:45 am

    My go-to snack these days is plain greek yogurt mixed with cinnamon and a handful or two of fresh blueberries stirring into the yogurt.

    • Mackenzie April 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

      I do that almost every morning, and stir in a high-fiber cereal for some crunch! I’ll make 7 Tupperware full at a time and add the cereal just before eating.

  • jamie April 5, 2017 at 5:46 am

    i LOVE posts like this too! i love looking in other people’s grocery carts to see what healthy ideas i can get! i have stopped to look at drinks like your green morning drink {so many times} and walk away thinking it would be so yuck. do you truly enjoy it? does it taste delicious? or do you just chug through it because it’s good for you?

    i love the sheet pan meals! we do chicken breast with mccormick’s chicken spice {i forget the exact name} onions and mini potatoes. another family favorite is sweet potatoes. we cut them in half, drizzle some oil on a pan and bake them up. the spice merchant has a delicious blend called “autumn blend” and it is so good on sweet potatoes! you can mail order from the spice merchant and i would highly recommend trying “autumn blend”.

    do the chicken rolls from the greek place have an actual name? they look so delicious and i would love to head to a greek place in ann arbor to try them!

    i’m excited to follow the comments on this subject!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 5:53 am

      They’re called Greek Roll Ups (not sure if they’re traditional fare or not, but that’s what they’re called) and I sincerely love this green juice…but I don’t say that about all brands!

      • Lisa N April 5, 2017 at 7:01 am

        Looking forward to you inventing a copycat meal of the Greek food you are having for lunch!

  • Sarah April 5, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Loved this post!! I’m always curious about what people eat (mostly so I can get ideas for myself, haha!), so this was right up my alley!

    Some other snack ideas include Lara Bars (I love these!), frozen grapes, sliced strawberries/bananas with cool whip mixed with a bit of nutella (ok, maybe this is dessert!!), organic apple chips (found these at Costco), healthy muffins (I usually do banana made with yogurt/applesauce/less sugar/etc), etc.

    I’m definitely in a bit of an eating…slump? Haha. Coffee every morning at home, followed by a pb&j sandwich mid-morning (why am I obsessed with these?), then a Starbucks iced coffee, then some snacks/dinner. I also have a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream every night for dessert LOL. Oops!!

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • Kelly April 5, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I’m a teacher so I need quick, easy and on the go lunches. My favorite is grilled chicken (I grill up 5 chicken breasts Sunday night) with a few sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives and half an avocado cut up with a little sea salt. Mix it together and you can eat it out of the Tupperware as you walk! I eat it cold but I suppose you could heat it too.

  • Niki April 5, 2017 at 6:01 am

    We love that Greek place, chicken roll ups are a must with my kids! But I could honestly eat Greek food daily ;-). For lunch I sometimes eat vegetarian crab cakes (frozen section in store) and a side of leftover veggies or roast some brocholli and cherry tomatoes… or throw together a salad.
    I have a sweet tooth a night, too. So I try to keep some PB2 butter cups in my freezer (healthier Reece’s peanut butter cup) so I can splurge and still stay on track. Also, frozen grapes are a summer staple in our house for a little sweet treat.

    • Melissa D. April 5, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Niki, PB2 Peanut Butter cups? Do you buy them or make them? If you make them, will you share the recipe? Sounds wonderful!

      • Niki April 6, 2017 at 5:23 am

        Hi Melissa! I make them, here’s the recipe…but some many variations out there, you can truly make it your own.
        PeanutButter Cups
        •1/2 cup PB2 powder peanut butter
        •1/2 cup Guittard chocolate chips (health section at Kroger) or your choice
        •1/4 cup milk of your choice; almond, cashew, skim, etc. (I use an unsweetened almond coconut blend)

        Spray with a cooking spray or grease with coconut oil silicon mini muffin pan or silicon liners (I use silicon because easy to pop out)and use some sort of tray to transport to freezer.
        In a small bowl mix the peanut butter powder of choice with 7-8 tbsp of water ( not a peanut butter consistency, more of a liquid but not too water down). Pour or spoon into mini muffins or liners filled half way (I usually fill all 12, sometimes only 11). In another bowl, heat up chocolate chips of choice in increments in the microwave, I usually do 15 seconds at a time and stir until melted. Once melted, add milk and stir together. Add a spoonful of the chocolate on top of each peanut butter cup. Put in freezer, ready in about an hour…this is where I keep them till ready to eat and pop a couple out. Either eat right away or let soften for a few minutes, and ENJOY!

        • Melissa D. April 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm

          Thank you so much, Niki!

  • Lori H. April 5, 2017 at 6:03 am

    My favorite afternoon snack I enjoy with my boys is a Banana almondmilk smoothie:frozen bananas, unsweetened almondmilk vanilla or chocolate and chia seeds. Sometimes we’ll add some oats and peanut butter too!

  • Diana Austin April 5, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Hmm….we eat very similar for the most part, but I would eat one piece of toast or one piece of waffle, while you are eating two. I think that’s where I am going wrong. And then I end up starving before dinner time and eat SOOO much!

  • Dana Powell April 5, 2017 at 6:06 am

    I’m loving these food posts! I am in a little bit of a food rut since we can’t get very many convenience foods in France and I’m out of ideas (Trader Joe’s was my favorite place to go for pre-chopped veggies and sauces). I’m going to go back and take notes from your post and comments yesterday! I will say that I love to keep salad on hand and this week I chopped up red and yellow peppers, pickles, cucumbers, cilantro, and mint and have been using those for lunch. I also add fresh chopped apples and a couple pieces of cheese. I could eat these salads for lunch every day! Here I grab a couple of pieces of baguette to go with it, but in the US you can find good ones at Whole Foods or Sprouts. Just do a quick splash of water across the top of the baguette and throw it in the oven at 350 or so for about 10 minutes or until it has a crispy outside. You can also find good French cheese at various grocery stores and some Costcos even carry my favorite- Comté! I have also recently added collagen tea to my daily drinks. I get collagen from Trim Healthy Mama’s website and add a scoop to really hot tea and then mix it in with a small stirrer. It has protein in it and my hair has never been so thick and my wrists don’t hurt anymore from high school sports. It slightly changes the taste of the tea, but I enjoy things more when I know they’re good for me. 🙂 Thanks for all the food inspiration!

  • Mary Beth April 5, 2017 at 6:09 am

    do you make the brownies at home? do you always have a protein drink after your workout?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 6:12 am

      I do almost always have a protein drink after I work out and yes, I make them at home (sometimes, it’s what I’ve been making for my blog that doesn’t end up at church).

  • Jen April 5, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for this great post! Now if only I could eat so healthy?

  • Stephanie April 5, 2017 at 6:22 am

    This is great for me who struggles mostly with snacking issues. I need to find some that are better for me and will actually fill me up in a good way as opposed to just eating random crap.


  • Christine April 5, 2017 at 6:28 am

    What is the brownie recipe you use for your daily brownie treat? Thanks 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 6:53 am

      It varies based on what I’m making that week!

  • Jodi April 5, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I live in McKinney- May I ask the name of the restaurant? YUM!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 6:53 am

      It’s just Zoe’s ;).

      • Laura April 5, 2017 at 10:03 am

        Yum! This excites me!! I was thinking it was like a mom and pop place I couldn’t have access too.. but Zoe’s, as in Zoe’s Kitchen, the chain? LOVE that place!! They have so many great options, and I feel like it’s still healthy, but a step above just Chick-fil-a or something! What do your littles get?

        Love seeing your meal posts!! Question–do the chips stay crispy in the fridge for a week? I love to meal prep, but I’ve noticed that if I store chips in the fridge, they get all soggy. Same withs salads–they’re just wilty. Any advice on that? You are SUPER MOM!!

      • Elise W. April 5, 2017 at 11:28 am

        OMG–that is so funny! Why in the world didn’t you just say that on the blog post??!!

        • Kelly April 5, 2017 at 3:31 pm

          Say what?

  • Denise April 5, 2017 at 6:41 am

    About 2 years ago I started to eat Paleo so I have taken some of your recipes and converted to a Paleo one. I don’t eat bread, dairy, grains or anything packaged (and sugar which I do have a weekly treat) so it’s been fun converting some of them. I do love all your cookbooks! Buying your kids in the kitchen for my niece who is expecting a baby as a shower gift!

  • Claire M April 5, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I buy a jug of the Trader Joe’s cold brew coffee concentrate (https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Coffee-Concentrate-Arabica/dp/B00EBFA2IU) and mix just a splash of it in with vanilla, coconut, or raspberry greek yogurt. It becomes a lightly caffeinated/low-fate pick me up! So delicious

  • Colleen O'Brien April 5, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I love some protein waffles made with orgain organic veggie protein powder I get at costco, an egg, a serving of coconut flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, and some water or cashew milk till its a waffle batter consistency. Add some yummy runny Almond butter, a little maple syrup, and fruit on top. So good!

  • Jessica April 5, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Are you still using the low fat Betty Crocker mix for your brownies? I can’t find it anymore at my grocery store and I am so bummed! Wondering if you are still able to get it.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

      No, I use a variety of things or whatever homemade goodie I have on hand (right now, it’s a homemade carrot cake).

      • Nicole April 5, 2017 at 8:12 am

        Is there a reason you stopped using the Betty Crocker boxed brownies? Can you give me a couple ideas of treats you end your day with? I love the concept! I just need some ideas ?

  • Allison Waller April 5, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Where do you get the green juice? I’ve seen a lot of green drinks, but they have so much sugar! Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

      My local grocery store sells them.

  • Marisa April 5, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Love all these healthy ideas! Does anyone have ideas for Gluten free breakfasts. My hubby and I workout in the morning and after I struggle to add a carb that my body doesn’t hate me for later. I wish I could find a bread that tastes decent.

    • KimW April 5, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Marisa – we love Udi’s bread and Costco gets in a variety of different GF breads to try. I don’t know where you live but we just visited my in-laws in Texas and we LOVED the breads/onion rolls that Local Oven makes!? My son has celiac disease so I make a lot of gluten free muffins, egg casseroles with veggies and cheese that lasts for several days of breakfast, egg muffin cups, CHEX cereal. Iowa Girl Eats is an awesome blog for GF recipes! Hope that helps. Sorry, Shay — I love to help people find GF recipes and foods because we had such a struggle in the beginning when my son was first diagnosed!

    • Ellen Garrison Smith April 5, 2017 at 11:52 am

      I would highly recommend Canyon Bakehouse gluten free bread! They have several different kinds and they have all been so yummy. I can buy it at Whole Foods and Publix. You can search to see where it’s sold on their website.

    • Patty Richey April 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Marisa
      I am gluten free as well. You could have a Chobani smoothie right after your work out to get all of that great protein in. If you like cereal many chex and cheerios are gluten free. I find toasting gluten free bread helps. The glutino English muffins are great as avocado toast like Shea suggested or with a nut butter and jelly is fun too.

      Feel free to reach out to me through my blog Goodbetterbesfood.blogspot.com if you or anyone else wants to chat more about gluten free. It’s not a gluten free blog but I have been gluten free for seven years and all of my recipes can be made gluten free. Plus I just try to help where I can.


    • Tracy April 5, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      We make paleo banana pancakes every morning to eat with eggs. Mash a banana, add some almond butter, and fry in a pan with some coconut oil. Delish!

    • Beth April 5, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Costco now has a new gluten free bread that is amazing. Also canyon bakehouse — I think is the name also has a great bread! I am also gluten free– an omelette with veggies is one of my favorites for breakfast!!

  • Narci Dreffs April 5, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I love food posts so much! Avocado toast and waffles are my go to breakfast also!

  • Meghan April 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for some new snack and lunch ideas! Also, on a non food related note- I love your daughter’s dress in that first kitchen picture. Do you mind sharing the brand?

  • Megan April 5, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I’m obsessed with what other people eat so I loved this post! We love avacado toast but it’s so hard to keep avocados around that are perfectly ripe each day. Any tips?


    • Karah Stracener April 5, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Once your avocados get ripe, put them in the fridge. They will last for a week! A friend shared that tip with me a few months ago and it works. Now I am always able to eat avocado without it going bad.

    • Stacey April 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

      HI Megan – I buy avocados when they are rock hard and let them sit on my counter top for a few days until they start to soften. At that point I put them in the fridge and from there they last for days.

    • Ginny B. April 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Once they are ripe, you can store them in the fridge for a few days.

    • Sandy Manning April 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Dr. Mercola gave a tip on this. He buys a bunch of green, hard avocados and puts them in the frig and then takes them out a day or two before eating. They last in the frig in that state,I think he said, about 2 weeks. I’ve tried this a couple of times and it does work.

  • Beth Miller April 5, 2017 at 6:55 am

    If you love guac then you should try plantain chips with them! Plantains are my favorite! I fry a whole plantain in the morning and eat them with sauteed chicken sausage and kale for breakfast. So easy and delicious! Plantain chips are a great substitute for tortilla chips, and are much healthier for you as long as you get a brand that doesn’t have anything other than plantains and salt. For an easy trail mix, I toss plantain chips, almonds or macadamia nuts, and raisins in a bag.
    I used to live on Diet Coke too and gave it up 3 1/2 years ago. Haven’t had a carbonated beverage since! It’s water or coffee for me!

  • Christine April 5, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I am a sugar-aholic! I don’t know if I’d be able to stop at just one brownie. I love anything with hummus, homemade soups in the winter with lots of lentils (I live in Wisconsin..brrr) and lots of fresh green salads in the summer! What is your favorite protein shake? Thank you for the ideas!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life April 5, 2017 at 7:04 am

    You have me craving Greek food right now! I need to find a good place by me. And I love avocado toast too!!

  • Bethany April 5, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Great post! Also, I love your red shirt and turquoise necklace in the first photo. Do you have links anywhere on your site to where you got them? Love the combo!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Top is from Loft last summer and the necklace is Kendra Scott :).

  • Shannon April 5, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Yummy!!! I love dried apricots as a snack too! They are my “healthy” fruit snacks!!
    I have two questions:
    1. Do you buy your 1915 juices in bulk or individually through a store?
    2. I absolutely LOVE your rug in the front of your stove!! I would love to know where you purchased it 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Individually! And it is from a store called Anderson’s :).

  • Denise April 5, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I’m curious what changes you saw in your body when you quit drinking Diet Coke. I too grew up on it and have considered doing away with it. Do you drink any carbonated beverages?


    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 7:20 am

      I don’t drink any carbonated beverages and yes, a HUGE difference!!! I feel like it really trimmed me up when I stopped!

  • Bailey April 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Thank you for sharing, love these kind of posts too!!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt April 5, 2017 at 7:17 am

    We eat similar! I really enjoy trying to eat more whole, real foods instead of low fat or reduced fat or even processed things. I like eating Larabars, hardboiled eggs, almonds, or Siggi’s vanilla yogurt with a like Purely Elizabeth coconut granola mix. It’s the healthiest and “cleanest” granola I’ve found (not packed with lots of sugar). I find mine at Kroger!MeetTheShaneyfelts

  • Stephanie Doiron April 5, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Have you ever tried overnignt oats? This is my go-to recipe. It is so so good! http://minimalistbaker.com/peanut-butter-overnight-oats/

    I also love eating plain greek yogurt + berries + nuts + maple syrup (honey would also work) for breakfast.

    Great post! I love reading about the daily stuff in other people’s lives 🙂

  • Amy April 5, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I drink the 1915 too. Since you shop at Walmart for online groceries, I have found them to be the cheapest. I live in Mckinney too and love Zoe’s as well. Fresh and healthy!!!

  • Alicia April 5, 2017 at 7:41 am

    My current favorite go to breakfast is peanut butter spread on top of or torilla with strawberries on top. Sometimes I had a few mini chocolate chips if I have a sweet tooth that morning. I can eat it at home or enjoy it on the run!

  • Laci April 5, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I love greek vanilla yogurt with fruit!

  • Paula April 5, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Life is about treating yourself well & balance! Eating well & clean 80% with treats thrown in.

    I’m on board with everything you do, but I do struggle with the Coke Zero. I drink one-two a day after one-two cups of coffee. Then water. Which I “know” isn’t enough water. I just hate water. Pretty much when I go to the gym is all.
    I fill up my 48oz. daily & will to happen. ..and fail! Some day maybe!

    • Allison April 7, 2017 at 12:27 am

      Put cucumber slices in your water or lemon and you will love it so much more! It’s so refreshing!

  • Aja April 5, 2017 at 7:51 am

    We have a Greek restaurant in our little downtown too and you’ve got to get there right at 11am to get a seat for lunch without a wait. It’s SO yummy! The horiatiki salad is my fav (tomato, cucumber, pepper and onions in a marinade with fresh feta on top)!

  • Melissa Sexton April 5, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Hi! What do you normally use in your protein shakes? I never drink them after a workout and I would really like to try it and see if they “pep me back up” after:)

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      I use a whey protein with ice and water. Easy!

  • Rachael April 5, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I love these sorts of posts, both to write myself and to read! Your food looks so good 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  • Brianna April 5, 2017 at 7:54 am

    If you love having a big “something” at the beginning of the week to easily grab for lunch, I love loveee making a good sized batch of a base of quinoa or rice (brown or mixed) and add themes- black beans/ corn/onion/ mushroom & then add sliced avo (guac perhaps) and salsa. But any cuisine theme- like what you’re into right now- Greek- add some feta, kalamata, onion, herbs, etc. So easy to grab little bowls of and either heat up or eat plain. It’s totally made lunches quick and easy for me!

  • heidi April 5, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I too love these posts.. im not sure why we are all interested in what people eat or do all day but we are ???.
    That berk food liked good. .. yum! !!

  • Rachel April 5, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Have you heard of the Guac Lock? I’ve only found it on Amazon. But it’s basically a container that keeps your guacamole (or mashed up avocado) 100% green with no browning for up to 5/6 days! It’s been a lifesaver for us – saves a ton of time preparing the mashed avocado. Also saves money as sometimes we don’t use an entire avocado at once 🙂 The best $20 I have ever spent on a kitchen item.


  • Molly April 5, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Love your posts. My go to snacks are frozen grapes or cottage cheese and tomato with a little sea salt…it just depends on if I’m craving sweet or salty!

  • Angela Ellingson April 5, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Yes, I love, love, love this post! It gave me so many good ideas! Thank you for sharing!!! What is your favorite kind of bread for your avocado toast? I’m off to try oatmeal with peanut butter – brilliant!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick April 5, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I have never tried avocado toast!! How is this possible?! Avocados (and guac) are my favorite!

    That Inspired Chick

    • Melissa April 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      It’s the best quick breakfast…Mashed avocado on warm toast with crushed red pepper or cayenne!

  • Lara M April 5, 2017 at 8:10 am

    What kind of bread do you use for your avocado toast? I was introduced to Ezekiel sprouted grain bread about a year ago and love it – your bread looks similar so wondering if it’s the same.

    I have been on a kick lately of sliced melon (watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew) topped with some low-fat cottage cheese. I’ve been eating for breakfast but think it would be great for an afternoon snack, too! Also, apple slices dipped in a laughing cow light cheese wedge is delish.

  • Emily Sarmiento April 5, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I have been off Diet Coke and all soda for over 7 years now. I do drink Perrier or LaCroix when I want something bubbly. Do you ever drink carbonated water?

  • Natalie April 5, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Hi Shay.. Thanks for sharing.. love your morning breakfasts.. question do you make brownies everyday or do you buy them as you have it daily.. cause my favorite is brownies.. thanks …

  • Connie April 5, 2017 at 8:18 am

    My go to snack: pretzel chips with avocado! Yum!

  • Leiah April 5, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Do you drink any alcohol? I’m a wine lover but I’m debating on cutting back because the empty calories do not help!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      On occasion! It’s not a part of my daily diet though.

  • Jessica Tribbett April 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Really enjoy posts like this! We have completed a couple rounds of Whole 30 and a lot of habits have stuck. My husband makes a scramble for us every morning with roasted sweet potatoes (we make a big batch on Sundays) and spinach topped with hot sauce and avocado. We love Lara bars for snacks (so does my 2yo!) and dates with almond butter.

  • Jenna April 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I love reading these types of posts as well. I am always peeking at what is on others carts at the grocery store for inspiration. I have recently started eating Bare Apple Chips and Bare Coconut. It is such a yummy snack. Avocado toast is always so yummy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley Clark April 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I have overnight oats for breakfast every day. They’re so easy and delicious! I make them in individual jars on Sunday evening so in the mornings I can just grab one. There’s endless possibilities of what you can add so they never get old. And my favorite snack (other than hummus of course) is an apple + string cheese.

  • Heather April 5, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I made your BBQ Pineapple Baked Chicken Tacos this week. So yummy! Used very little cheese and BBQ sauce and they are very Weight Watcher friendly. Thanks!

  • Rita April 5, 2017 at 8:37 am

    How do eat guacamole since it has mayo? Do you have a recipe without mayo?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      I don’t put mayo in my guacamole! In fact, as a Texan, I don’t know anyone who does.

  • Patricia @Sweet and Strong April 5, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I love reading about what others eat in a day! We definitely eat really similar. I love incorporating seasonal fruits and veggies into my lunches. As for snacks I usually have hard boiled eggs, siggi’s yogurt and almonds or granola, or a larabar. Omg just realized Sarah above me said the same thing, hehe.

  • Ashley April 5, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Hi Shay! These kinds of posts are my favorite because it’s like online people watching! Haha I’m always interested in how blog life and real life intersect so I have a question about dinner. At one point, I remember reading on your blog a while back that you cook a season ahead so you can get photos and prep for blog posts. This made a lot of sense as I’m sure it’s a lot of work to constantly blog new foods/recipes. Has this evolved over time? You mentioned today that you ate what was posted on your blog yesterday. Now, do you typically make your “meal planning Monday” meals in advance and warm them up throughout the week? Thanks for the post!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      I said that’s what I posted yesterday, not what I ate. I still make my recipes at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance.

  • Lisa D April 5, 2017 at 8:45 am

    My usual breakfast is half a banana, a piece of whole grain toast and a scrambled egg, maybe some turkey sausage if I have it. Mid-morning snack is half an apple and a handful of almonds. Lunch is tricky….. I don’t want to eat a sandwich so it’s usually some peppered turkey, a small bit of cheese and leftover salad or veggies from dinner the night before. Snack is a homemade green protein smoothie (almond milk, berries, mixed greens from Trader Joe’s, half a banana, ground flax, scoop of protein powder), or a hard boiled egg and some nuts. I’ve been eating pistachios lately. Dinner is usually chicken, small salad, some veggies, with maybe some mixed fruit topped with vanilla yogurt for dessert. It’s a pretty boring routine but I’ve managed to lose and keep off 20lbs on this eating plan and at age 56 it’s getting harder to maintain!!!

  • DonnaS April 5, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I love iced Stash chai green tea (I make about 4 glasses a day!) For a snack to go with my tea, I have almonds with a few pretzels mixed in–delicious.

  • Jenn April 5, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I’m not into all the dried fruit, oatmeal, yogurt stuff. Wish I was because it would make life much easier and healthier! My go to snack is either popcorn or homemade Chex mix. I could live on either of those. I also like to make a dip each week- this week was a corn dip!- that I can grab a quick side of with crackers. For lunches (and lunch boxes!) we have a variety of sliders or salads- all of which I prepare on Sundays.

  • Lynn April 5, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Hi Shay! I LOVE your blog posts and especially these types, they really do inspire me! Question for you, what type of bread do you use for avocado toast?! Do you ever use gluetin free? Thanks again for your blog!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      I do use Gluten Free sometimes! More than likely though, I’m using a whole wheat bread.

  • Brittany April 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

    To anyone reading, those BBQ Pineapple Baked Chicken Tacos will change your liiiiife

    • Jennifer April 5, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      They’re amazing!

  • Kim April 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I like a bowl of oat bran (more protein than oatmeal) and then I mix a scoop of protein powder in. I also love a good oatmeal/eggwhite bake. I make it on Sundays and cut into 6 slices for the week. It’s a great gluten free pre workout breakfast.

  • Brittany B April 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

    One of my favorite (and satisfying) snacks is sliced green apples dipped in sunflower seed butter (or almond butter). If you’re trying to limit sugar this hits the spot (especially at night!).

  • Hannah April 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

    A snack that is super simply and delicious, is what I call “Egg-cups” or “Egg-muffins”. These are cooked in a typical muffin tray, where you add basically any ingredients you like (tomatoes, spinnach, urkey bacon – literally the sky is the limit) and you can make a large batch in advance – so they are perfect for food-prep! You can check out my recipe here if you’re keen; http://www.hannahrogers.co/how-do-you-like-your-eggs/ .

    Love your blog, reading all the way from London, UK :).

  • Jenny April 5, 2017 at 9:35 am

    It’s so funny that a post on what someone eats throughout their day can be interesting, but it is. 🙂 It also helps, that you are fit… it wouldn’t be quite so interesting otherwise. 😉 I really want to like hot tea more than I do… maybe someday.

  • Tracy Millar April 5, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Hi from Ottawa Canada! I am new to your blog and love it 🙂 Where is the tank from you are wearing while you are cooking in this post? I love all your clothes but I am a terrible shopper 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Loft :). Hi from Texas!!

  • Bailey Morris April 5, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I can’t say this enough……. carrots and guacamole. Holy cow, changed my life. Carrots don’t fill me up & I love chips and guac. This way, I’m filling my belly with vegetables, feeling like I’m eating chips and guac (because it’s still crunchy and SO flavorful!), and getting fuller faster than I would with carrots because of the healthy fat in avocados. I make the best guac ever (or at least I like to tell myself I do), but when I don’t have time to make it myself, my favorite is Sabra Southwestern Guacamole. So good!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      I love this idea for a snack!!

  • Meg April 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Love this, thank you! I love Lara bars, almonds, yogurt and cottage cheese for a snack ?

  • Erin April 5, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Just curious if you track your calories at all?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      I do not.

  • Gabby Roberts April 5, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I wish I liked oatmeal….I’m a huge texture person and something about Oatmeal’s texture makes me want to throw up ha! Maybe I’m not making it right, idk! I’m trying to find healthier foods to eat to slim down for the summer so thanks for sharing! Dinner is where I seem to drop the ball the most so I need to get a game plan so I don’t fall off the wagon! And I’m challenged now to quit my diet dr peppers…I drink way too much during the day/week ;)!

  • Olivia Snyder at Joyfully Prudent April 5, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I love these types of posts too 🙂 I enjoy a lot of these foods too. I’ve never been to Zoe’s but have heard great things…I’ll have to try it soon. A healthy snack I like is pain nonfat greek yogurt topped with a little granola, blueberries, and agave nectar. I also like to substitute PB2 for peanut butter in my smoothies (you could try in oatmeal, but not sure how it would taste). I’m trying to cut out sodas…I feel like they make my body run super slow. Question – Do you drink the whole bottle of juice in the morning or split it for 2 meals? I ask because I have to split some of them bc of the sugar (not sure what the sugar is in that one though). Thanks for the ideas! 🙂

  • Kelsey April 5, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I love posts like this! I need to try the avocado toast. I love toast & I love avocado so I don’t know what my hold up has been on giving it a try! Oatmeal is a texture problem for me. Do you make it traditionally and just mix peanut butter in?

  • Marla Boonie April 5, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Is there any way to store or save avocado after you cut it?

    • Kristin April 5, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Save the seed side, put lemon juice on the green part and seal flush with plastic wrap.

  • Megan Land April 5, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Please Please Please remind me what Protein Powder you like!

  • MEGAN April 5, 2017 at 10:59 am

    For breakfast (especially in the summer) I like to eat acai bowls with granola! So yummy and not very bad for you either. I normally get the frozen acai packs and blend it with fresh fruit and a little coconut milk and a dollop of peanut butter. Then when its done, you can top it with bananas or granola, or both!! Yummy!

  • Kristen April 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I know they are from another blog but these flourless chocolate blender muffins are delicious! http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/04/18/flourless-chocolate-muffins-blender/
    She has a lot of good oatmeal recipes that I make a lot as well.

  • Tracy April 5, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Love these types of posts. Dinner is easy but I always need ideas when it comes to breakfast & lunch. Would love to see more “clean eating” recipes posted.

  • Cortney Watkins April 5, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I do a “pancake” made with 2 eggs and 1 mashed banana. I add in a sprinkle of cinnamon and depending on the day maybe a little handful of oats. I top it with a little almond butter and fruit – soooooo good!

    I always keep cans of tuna on hand (mix with mustard, salt free Mrs. Dash seasoning, pickles, celery). I always keep a rotisserie chicken on hand from Costco to pick off of throughout the week. I can toss the chicken on a salad or just eat a few bites when I need a lift of protein. I buy at least 2 bags of salad to have on hand for lunches and a quick dinner. I really like the asian cashew salad or the superfoods salad from Costco. I skip the dressings from both of these though. Having these things on hand help me not resort to convenience foods when I have no time.

    I make some peanut butter protein balls 1x a week and have them on hand for snacks. They kind of taste like a cookie but much better for you!

    For other snacks – I get the 100 calorie nut packets, veggies and guac or hummus, fruit with a form of protein (greek yogurt or a few slices of turkey), hard boiled eggs, etc…

    So good to hear from others! Thanks for posting!

  • Abigail Carter April 5, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    love this! I love reading what people eat. 🙂 I used to make a “road trip trail mix” for long car rides, and now make it often at home and it keeps well!

    2-3 cups of each: banana chips, plain Cheerios, honey roasted peanuts, Cinnamon Life, pretzel sticks, vanilla yogurt raisins. Mix & put a handful in a snack-size baggie. Kids and adults love it!

  • Ella April 5, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I LOVED this post! Thank you! Also, you mentioned a while back that you will be doing a post on time management or something. Are you still planning on doing that?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm


  • Morgan April 5, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I tried those little Sargento Balanced Breaks the other week and they were the perfect little snack. So, I started making my own. I just diced up some cheese (cheddar, swiss, gouda, etc) and portion it out into little containers along with some dried cranberries and whatever nuts we have on hand. yum!

  • Gentry Adams April 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Is your greek place Zoe’s Kitchen?? I’m OBSESSED with that place and I’m dying for them to bring one to St Pete where I live! It’s so yummy (as you know!) 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Yes!!!!!!!!! I love that place!

  • Dawn April 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I think I’ve seen where you’ve answered this before, but I have to ask. Do your kids eat the same dinners that you post? I know you’ve got good eaters, but as I look at this week’s menu for y’all, I keep thinking to myself that there is no way on this earth either of my kids would eat any of it! So if the answer is yes, I’m super jealous! Lol

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Sure! Like yesterday’s post, they ate the meatballs and lentils with a salad. My kids love meatballs!

  • Kadee Marshall April 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I also love avocado toast for breakfast! Lately I’ve been topping it with an egg (scrambled or runny), Trader Joe’s everyday seasoning and siracha! I look forward to this breakfast every morning ? If you like spicy you should try it!

  • Kelli April 5, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    My husband and I need to be better about getting some alone time in the evenings. Our kids are older and have later bedtimes so once they go to bed, it’s our bedtime too. And my snacks lately are yogurt, a cheesestick, nuts or fruit.

  • Alexis deZayas April 5, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Have you tried Noosa brand yogurt? I love putting granola in the blueberry flavor or dark chocolate chips in the caramel flavor. It’s such a treat!

  • Rachel April 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    What kind of oatmeal do you eat? Do you make your own?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      I use Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats :).

  • Michelle L. April 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    My three absolute favorite snacks at the moment are:
    1) carrot cake power balls (from twistoflemons.com)
    2) sprouted toast with siggi’s yogurt, roasted beets (I get them in a package from Whole Foods), almond butter, and chia seeds on top!
    3) a sprouted/almond tortilla, Better Bean Co. black beans, shredded lettuce and salsa!

    Ps. Love food/daily life posts! 🙂

  • Julie April 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Yeah! Thanks for sharing your diet 🙂 what protein powder do you use?? I feel like you probably already shared this but I can’t find.

    And also, I was so thrilled to hear you came back on the Happy (Half) Hour with Jamie Ivey! You’re so funny and encouraging – loved your advice and love listening to you!

  • Brigid April 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Ahh.. I quit Diet Coke for one year and I think it made a huge difference, but now I’m back to having at least 3 or 4 a week. I think this post might have just motivated me to stop again!

  • Michelle April 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I love making these simple bars for breakfast or snack. Melt one cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup honey, mix until smooth, stir in 3 cups of oatmeal (uncooked). Spread into an 8×8 inch pan. Refrigerate until set and then cut into bars. I leave them out, but you can store in the fridge if you like a firmer bar.

  • Alys April 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I love the idea of ordering two entrees and eating them for lunches! I never even thought of that!!

    I also got off that daily Starbucks latte so so so bad for us! And, switching from tea to coffee has been a game CHANGER for me! If you ever get tea at Starbucks I definitely recommend trying the hot jade citrus mint tea, its ahhhh mazing!

  • Kfran April 5, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Love this post and all the ideas from previous comments! Question: what protein powder do you recommend?

  • Kelly Bonner April 5, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Do your kids always eat the same thing as you & Andrew? I didn’t do this with my first & I regret it. She’s getting better now that she’s 5. I’m pregnant with our second & he’ll definitely be eating what we eat.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 6, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Yes! We didn’t do a great job when they were little…but by five, the oldest two were always eating what we were. The youngest two have always eaten what we eat. The more kids I have, the better parent I become ;).

  • Pamela April 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Shay, you may have already heard about these, but thought I would share them with you. They are “That’s It” bars. I first started eating them when I read how much fruit was in each bar. Now….these are sort of an acquired taste and for me…the texture was a little bit “funky.” The pluses outweigh the negatives. (Ok..that “pluses” looks weird, but I’m going with it, because plus’ looks weirder!) They come in lots of flavors and they always have at least two fruits represented in each bar. For instance, the apple strawberry bar has one whole apple and 12 strawberries. …and that’s it! Holy Moly! You can get them at the “That’s It” website or they also sell them on Amazon. Blessings!

  • Jeanie April 5, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I am not a snacker, typically, which gets me in trouble with low blood sugar in the afternoons. Lunch is my least liked meal so I usually don’t have much to eat then. I do have a couple handfuls of cashews sometimes in the afternoon before dinner. For breakfast I always have original Cheerios, sweetener, 1% milk, half a banana on the cereal, and half an English muffin with as much butter as I can get on it. I keep waiting to get tired of this every day, but it hasn’t happened in a couple years now. In fact, I think I could eat it three times a day.

  • Maureen Werner April 5, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I love these posts too! Just getting to see into someone else’s life is so fun! I have 6 children at home and we homeschool so snacks are a big part of our daily life! One of our all time favorites is a Garlic Triscuit, topped with a slice of Pepper Jack cheese and a thin slice of apple! We pop a tray of these into the oven for a quick melt and voila! So yummy!
    I have never tried Avocado Toast, which would probably have been my favorite…but I became allergic to avocados about 5 years ago…out of the blue! Bummer for me! Thanks again for sharing Shay!

  • Jan April 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

    This post came at a great time – in a food rut and needing new healthy ideas. Def going to have to try the avocado toast. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Kelsey April 6, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Would you mind sharing the pesto marinated chicken recipe your husband uses? I would love to see what he packs for lunch too!

  • ahedund April 7, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I’m kind of obsessed with quiche for dinner right now. It’s fast, easy, and you can throw all your leftover cooked veggies in. I bake them in ramekins so they’re individual and make my husband’s without a crust so that it’s gluten free. So easy!

  • Shelly April 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I thought I was the only person who loved pb in my oatmeal! I’ve been trying to really cut my carbs and haven’t had oatmeal in awhile and that looks so good! I made some little chicken + zucchini poppers on sunda (just ground chicken + grated zucchini with some spice browned in a little EVOO) and then packaged them 4 to a container. They really made great afternoon snacks and I ate them with a dash of Franks hot sauce…yum!

  • Megan Chilo April 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    You have to try ordering from naturebox! They have tons of healthy, nutritionist approved snacks and they are always so yummy! I promise you that you will not regret it!

  • Kristy April 8, 2017 at 8:36 am

    My favorite breakfast right now is an acai berry bowl. It’s beautiful and delicious and you can pack it with whatever good-for-you toppings you might like. I makes mine with 1 pack of Sambazon frozen Acai, a frozen banana, some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, spinach, and a tablespoon of almond butter. Blend it together. You want it to be thicker than a smoothie so use a little less almond milk. Pour into a bowl and top with almonds, sunflower seeds, berries, banana slices, etc. So yummy!

  • Holly Hopkins April 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Ugh i could never discuss my diet!!! Its perfect one week and Macdonalds 3x the next? You are brave and i love that you are not making these crazy amazing lunches every day. Cuz that would have made me feel like poo. Lol