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What I Ate In A Day

May 18, 2018

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. I am not vegan. Nor vegetarian. And I am not on a diet. This is simply an example of what I ate on Monday this week.

I try to eat a good amount of protein – and while I’m not a huge meat lover (although you may think otherwise when you see my dinner plate) – I try to get protein from different sources. I also try to eat a balance of fruit and vegetables. Some days I avoid carbs. Other days I eat ’em all.

I also thoroughly enjoy experimenting with new foods. Seeing what the latest super food is all about. Trying the latest food fad, and having fun with flavours. Life is too short to eat meat and potatoes. There are so many experiences to be had when it comes to food, and my tummy craves them all!

(Please note: I am not saying this is what YOU should eat in a day. But if you’re looking for some new meal ideas or inspiration, you may find this post interesting). 

If you’re curious to see what I ate in a day, continue reading!

Breakfast (8:30AM)

I’m lucky that I get to work from home three days a week. Therefore, I have a little more time in the morning to prepare some good eats. Breakfast is hands down my favourite meal of the day and these protein pancakes have been my go-to.

I make them using my chocolate protein powder as a substitute for flour. Sounds weird, I know. But when one scoop is combined with a mashed banana, one whole egg and a dash of almond milk, it creates the most delicious pancake batter. The chocolate-y flavour is not too noticeable either. If anything, it adds to the sweetness. And I’m always about the sweetness!

I top mine with some frozen blueberries, slivered almonds for crunch and a drizzle of 100% Real Maple Syrup.

I enjoyed them with a cup of tea to help wake me up, with a teaspoon of coconut oil melted into it. This is a trick I do whenever I’m having a hard time going to the washroom. It helps loosen everything right up. TMI?

Lunch (12:15PM)

I stole some leftover curry from my parent’s house last time I was there and ate it on rice for lunch. This is one of my favourite meals! Potatoes, carrots, chicken and onions are surrounded by a deliciously sweet and fragmented curry sauce. We make ours from a box by the brand House Foods Vermont Curry, which is a Japanese brand, funnily enough. The mild version has a touch of apple and honey. I really like spice, so I heat mine up with some Sriracha!

Sidenote: Autocorrect just made me realized that Sriracha has two ‘Rs’. INTERESTING! I always thought it was ‘Siracha’. It’s pronounced ‘Sir-raw-cha’, isn’t it?  

To drink with my lunch I had plain ol’ water. I try to drink at least 2L of water throughout the day, and find it easier to do so when I have a fairly large reusable bottle with a straw. For some reason, drinking out of a straw is much more appealing and makes me drink more. Anyone else?

Tea Time (2:00PM)

Mid-afternoon is when I start to feel real sleepy and in need of something sweet. Instead, I try to cure my craving with an English Breakfast tea, which I always add honey too (instead of sugar). It helps somewhat act as a sweet treat and the caffeine boost doesn’t hurt.

Snack (3:00PM)

If I know I’m going to be exercising in the evening (like I was on Monday) I always fuel myself with a protein packed snack to give me energy and tide me over until dinner. I’m so used to eating dinner at 5:30PM or 6:00PM every day, so a snack is absolutely necessary when I know I won’t be eating until later.

I’m obsessed with Luke’s Sprouted Protein Crackers at the moment. I found them at Costco. They’re organic (and gluten free) crackers made up of multigrain, seeds and beans. They’re not salty or overly flavourful, but they have a great crunch and are perfect for dipping or adding tasty toppings.

I ate a handful of these with about two tablespoons of caramelized onion hummus and some celery.

Dinner (9:30PM)

This day in particular I ate dinner super late! It’s not often I’ll eat too much after 7:30PM. However, we got a new BBQ and for the first time ever I cooked ribs! I had intended to cook them in my pressure cooker first. But I had an embarrassingly dumb moment and may or may not have broken it (I don’t want to talk about it…).

Instead, I resorted to cooking them in the oven for an hour, before tossing them on the grill to char. I smothered them in Sweet Baby Rays Barbecue Sauce and they turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself! They just took a little longer than I was expecting.

On the side I cooked slices of zucchini and sweet potato on the grill. This is my new favourite way to eat sweet potatoes! They didn’t even need salt! The BBQ created such a nice flavour and they were cooked to perfection. I also find slicing sweet potatoes is a great way to eat less sweet potatoes. Not that I’m suggesting sweet potatoes are bad for us (they’re a vegetable after all). But they are high in carbohydrates and sugar. They’re also full of fibre, which makes us feel full. I think it’s easy to eat an entire sweet potato when it’s in front of you. But small slices like this seem to take longer to eat and help me recognize that feeling of being full a little sooner.

As I mentioned before, I had a workout planned for this day and it was pretty intense. I felt slightly nauseous after, so I decided it was best to hold off eating until I felt normal again. Hence why dinner time was so late. In the end, I didn’t end up eating this whole plate. I think I finished half of it and saved the rest for the next day.

Wine Time (10:00PM)

I’m not going to lie, I was grumpy this day! And after the pressure cooker fiasco, I was in need of some chill time. So I took a glass of red wine in to the bath and that was the last thing I ate/drank for the day.

 

Did you enjoy this post? Would you like to see more What I Eat In A Day blog posts? I like to think I eat a good variety of food and have an arsenal of interesting recipes ideas that I can share with you. Let me know if a What I Eat In A Day – At The Office may be of interest to you as well. I’m pretty good at packing food for the day (leftovers are key) and rarely ever buy lunch when I’m in the office.

xxx

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