I have been meaning to do a “what I eat in a day” type of post for a while, but I always end up forgetting to photograph my food (in my case, the camera does not eat first). This time around, I thought I’d give it a go!
I generally have a routine when it comes to food on workdays, and that’s the most reflective of my diet right now. Weekends are more of a free for all because of sleeping in/staying up later, ordering takeout or baking.
Because of my weekday routine, I’m more intentional about what I’m eating and try to maintain a healthy diet as much as possible. While I am actively trying to eat more balanced (think inclusive of carbs, fats and protein) meals, with an emphasis on eating more protein, trust me when I say my diet is not perfect and I will indulge when I want to (I love my desserts!!) I’m not an expert when it comes to nutrition — this is what I enjoy eating and works best with my lifestyle and preferences!
I could live off of breakfast foods if I could. The first thing I consume (besides water) is coffee — it’s a must on my workdays. My usuals are either a dirty chai or some sort of latte — lately, my go-to has been an oat milk latte.
I tend to crave something sweet in the mornings, preferably with fruit. For the past year, I’ve been hooked on oatmeal — I have it at least 3 – 4 times a week (and other days I tend to eat toast). Oatmeal is so versatile, and yet, I don’t bother with changing up my recipe. I like to cook my oats on the stovetop (it really doesn’t take very long) and I’ve done it so often that it’s this therapeutic time in my morning that I carve out, just to hype myself into eating my favorite meal of the day. My oats are really simple: they’re cooked in water (or oat milk if I’m feeling ~fancy~) with vanilla, cinnamon, vanilla protein powder, and a pinch of salt. The protein powder helps to make the oats thick, which is the consistency I like.
Now this is where the fun begins: toppings! My favorites are bananas, fresh and frozen berries, bananas, peanut butter drizzle and pumpkin seeds. I love adding different textures! Nut butter on my oatmeal is a must– I don’t know if I’d be able to function without it. This is basically my take on a pb&j oatmeal!
I’m not kidding when I say breakfast is my favorite food because lunch is essentially my breakfast #2. This time, I go for something savory — usually with eggs. Sometimes it’s a quesadilla or pizza, sometimes a sandwich or toast— all depends on what I have and my mood.
Lunches are quite simple. Lately, I’ve been eating something like toast and eggs. Here, I went for avocado toast with scrambled eggs on the side and a bowl of cut up blood orange (hence, the reddish color). I love spicy food and chili flakes are an absolute necessity in my kitchen — I have to add them to both my avocado toast and eggs!
Ah yes, I can’t go through my day without snacks. I usually have a couple of small snacks between lunch and dinner. My go-tos for snacks are fruit, nuts, popcorn, chips, and yogurt. If I’m wanting something substantial or higher in protein to eat before a workout, I’ll opt for yogurt or a smoothie, but otherwise, I tend to choose snacks I can munch on.
My snacks this day were an apple, a handful of almonds and popcorn. I love fruit— I can eat it all day! Apples, especially, are a staple in my daily diet (paired with peanut butter… yum!!). The popcorn helps me curb my “munchies” cravings. My favorites are Lesser Evil popcorn and Boom Chicka Pop. They are so good!
I make a solid effort when it comes to cooking, I’m no professional but I definitely enjoy it. Sometimes my food doesn’t look pretty (just a jumble of random things together), but it often works and tastes good. I’ll make myself pasta, stir frys, burrito bowls, and work with whatever I have at home. Bowls come easy to me. In this case, I baked some sweet potato pieces and cooked them with black beans and some spices to resemble taco flavors and added veggies: corn, zucchini, and spinach. To top it off, I added avocado and a yogurt sauce (lemon juice, salt, and plain yogurt). It’s not the prettiest, I admit, but it was so good! Using plain greek yogurt to make homemade sauces is actually a new thing I’ve been enjoying — need to find some more recipes to make for my other dishes!
I often make room for dessert — I literally have a second stomach for it. I usually just want something sweet after my dinner, or some sort of sweet comfort food before bed as I unwind. Some days it’s fruit, or a cup of tea with some dark chocolate, and others it’s ice cream or cookies. It really just depends on my mood.
But when I want to indulge, I make sure I do it right. I want to really enjoy it. So here’s a great example of that: ice cream! I had some vanilla ice cream with sprinkles and chocolate chips. I LOVE textures in my ice cream, and I’ll always want something with mix-ins. Such a fun little treat!