After posting my tips on eating healthily with a busy schedule, I received several follow-up emails with questions from readers. As soon as I tell someone that I have an interest in nutrition and strive to eat a balanced diet, I’m asked to describe what kinds of food I eat. In fact, that is the most common question I’ve received over the years, since changing my eating habits. I have never struggled with my weight, but I made health a priority in high school, when I first became interested in the subject.
I’ve never participated in “What I Ate Wednesday” and I don’t post what I eat on a daily basis simply because it can get boring. Unless I have a particularly good recipe or make the effort to style my food in a presentable matter, I don’t find discussing my daily eats to be enticing—for you or for me. Quite frankly, I hate putting thought into basic meals, so I generally eat similar foods on a day-to-day basis.
There are several staples in my diet that I haven’t altered in over four years—like Greek yogurt and eggs. On Christmas morning during my senior year of high school, I cooked myself an omelet to eat alongside the pancakes that my dad had made. At that point, I had been eating eggs for breakfast every single day, so my family groaned at the fact that I was making them again. Along with trying to convince me that I was soon going to turn into an egg (it has yet to happen), my family made a running bet that I was would soon get tired of omelets and swear them off for the rest of my life. To their dismay, I was still eating eggs on Christmas morning the following year.
The main point is that you would never want to see a damn egg again if you saw it on my blog day in and day out. However, per readers’ request, I am more than willing to share what a typical day of food looks like for me. Please be advised that this is merely an example and this is what works well for me. I eat about six small meals a day, so you’ll notice that my “snacks” are relatively large and are comparable to my meals. As always, my disclaimer remains the same: I am a professional nothing, therefore everything that I say is backed only by personal experiences and my own research.
When it comes to oatmeal, I tend to side with Goldilocks—it has to be cooked just right. I recently started an early morning job that requires me to leave the house at 6:45am, so a bowl of oatmeal is ideal because it can cook in the microwave while I am getting ready. I used to only like it baked, but now I enjoy it cooked with water, assuming that it is topped with dark chocolate chips. I also start each day off with a protein shake—water mixed with one scoop of whey powder in my BlenderBottle.
For a morning snack, typically before my workout, I’ll eat a bowl of plain 0% Greek yogurt and mixed berries. I’ll also include a fat source, like a small handful of almonds.
After my workout, I have a double-chocolate protein shake mixed with Chia seeds.
I generally eat lunch shortly after my workout, so it is usually on the smaller side. My lunch tends to consist of a Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger with a serving of vegetables on the side, like carrots or broccoli.
In the late afternoon or early evening, I’ll eat an omelet using one whole egg and several egg whites. I like to stuff my omelets with cheese and vegetables, like spinach, onions, and peppers. I’ll also have a serving of vegetables on the side.
I have never been a fan of large meals, especially dinner. If I could, I would eat breakfast foods all day long. I prefer sweet foods over savory foods, so my dinners are usually pretty small—a protein source, like shrimp or chicken, paired with a serving of vegetables and a source of fat, like avocado.
While I don’t have dessert every day of the week, I certainly indulge on many occasions—whether it’s trying out a new decadent recipe or simply getting ice cream with friends.
Do we eat any of the same foods?
Are there staples in your diet that you eat on a regular basis?