This post was originally going to one of those cute posts that show what I eat in a week with all of these cute food pictures, but then halfway through the week I realized that I literally eat the same things just about every day because 1) I’m lazy and don’t like cooking during the week and 2) I’m currently trying to empty out my pantry because I’m moving out of my apartment soon, making my food options limited. So instead I decided that I’m just going to talk about what kinds of food I eat/my go-to meals instead, sound good? Good.
I mentioned in my previous post about how I eat mainly whole foods and I try not to eat processed foods or pre-made meals. You can see how this is problematic for a girl who is too lazy to cook during the week. I also eat very limited amounts of meat, dairy and eggs. This reduces my food intake to vegetables, fruits, grains and beans. Not much fat, not much meat, but a lot of grains, vegetables and beans. But this doesn’t mean that I never eat anything unhealthy because trust me, I do. Fries and dark chocolate are everything.
I also mentioned in my previous post about how I don’t count calories. I do this to keep me sane. I know how tracking calories can become addictive and problematic really fast. Getting obsessed with how many calories you eat in a day can become a dangerous habit. I’ve gone through this and I know I’m not alone in it. I used to count calories years ago non-stop. I was very restrictive and wouldn’t allow myself to eat over a certain amount. Unfortunately for me, this was ever harmful and not at all effective. Instead of counting calories and tracking my food intake, I listen to my body and eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. Everyone is different though, so if counting calories or macros works for you, then have it at. For me personally it doesn’t work.
So what exactly do I eat and how much? Well that varies. Some days I eat more than others, and that’s okay. Some days I eat fruits and veggies all day long and others I eat popcorn, fries and dark chocolate all day, and that’s okay. What I eat and how much depends on my mood, how close I am to starting my period (TMI? Sorry?), how much money is in my bank account (how else are you supposed to buy groceries) and how lazy I’m feeling. But for the most part, my meals are pretty much the same.
My go to breakfast options lately have been either oatmeal with a tablespoon of PBfit and a tablespoon of PBfit chocolate with a banana or a smoothie made with a tablespoon of PBfit, a tablespoon of PBfit chocolate, half a scoop of vanilla protein, a banana, some almond milk, and a handful of ice. Both of these breakfast options keep me feeling full until it’s time for me to eat lunch. They’re full of nutrients and goodness and they just taste amazing.
For lunch I eat the leftovers from my dinner the night before which is typically rice or pasta based (I’ll link some of my favorite recipes below) or baked potatoes with pepper, garlic salt and nutritional yeast (this just adds a bit of a cheesy flavor without the unhealthiness that comes from cheese). Sometimes though for dinner I really don’t feel like cooking and end up eating a salad, which leaves my lunch to be just a bunch of snacks thrown together. Typically a Kind Breakfast bar, a Kind Pressed Fruit bar (shout out to the lady at work who got me addicted to these), maybe some popcorn, and various fruits and veggies. It might not be the healthiest of lunches, but it’s quick, it’s easy, and having at least some sort of food, even if it is just a bunch of snack thrown together, prevents me from going out to eat at some fast food restaurant instead.
Like I said above, my dinners are typically rice or pasta based. I like to have some form of carb in every meal because they’re filling and they taste good. I make things like rice & beans, spaghetti, stir fry rice and vegetables, vegetable fajitas with rice, I think you get the picture. Since what I eat is mainly carbs, I limit my fat intake by not cooking with any oils or butter. Now, before anyone starts saying fat doesn’t make you fat, I know it doesn’t. But neither do carbs. It’s when you have high amounts of both that you start to gain weight. The reason behind this is that both carbs and fat are high caloric foods, and while I don’t count calories, I do recognize their importance when it comes to your weight. I personally prefer all things carbs, which is why I eat a high carb, low fat diet. But everyone is different so if you’d rather eat a diet high in fat and low in carbs, or moderate amounts of both, by all means. I do recommend however doing your research before deciding to eat high carb, low fat or high fat, low carb. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, but it’s up to you to decide which one fits your needs more.
As far as what I drink throughout the day, aside from my smoothies, I mainly just drink water. From time to time I’ll have some green tea or hot chocolate and an occasional glass of wine (sorry mom, but I’m 21 so it’s legal!). For the most part though, I just drink water.
Thank you guys so much for reading this and supporting me on my journey. If you want me to write about anything else or would like a more in depth look at my meals, feel free to let me know. Now, as promised, here are a two of my favorite meals to make when I feel like actually cooking and trying more than normal, and one of my go to pasta meals. You can thank Pinterest for these recipes because I most certainly did not come up with them.
Mexican Style Cauliflower Rice – I made this for my family one night and we all agreed it tastes kind of like chili, but it’s so good! Highly recommend you make it if you’re in the mood to chop up a lot of vegetables.
One Pot Lemon Orzo Shrimp – This is really good if you like seafood. This is also the meal that taught me how to make shrimp. It’s really good, but I like to add in more tomatoes and a little bit of homemade spaghetti sauce because I like to make it more Italian.
Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti – This is one of the best pasta meals ever I promise you. I love this so much. It’s my favorite thing to eat. I love pasta and spinach and tomatoes and everything about this. Aside from the chicken part. I tend to leave out the chicken when I make it for myself, but if you like chicken and feel like you have to have meat in every meal, go for it. You do you, boo.