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Bits of Victoria: How I Eat Healthy-ish

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I've gotten a lot of requests lately to hear about how I meal plan, what recipes we love, what snacks I eat, etc. So I thought I would start addressing all of that info with a breeze through what a day of eating looks like in our household. :)


Breakfast: 
I know that a lot of people aren't breakfast eaters, but I never miss it. Most important meal of the day. :) When I skip meals I feel cranky, lightheaded, and end up making poor eating choices because I just grab whatever is available. I keep it really simple for breakfasts, and pretty much always eat the same things. I eat any combination of the following things. If I eat a full english muffin I usually just have that, but sometimes eat half of one with eggs, or whatever. These are my old faithful breakfast meals. :)
  • Light English muffin with peanut butter and sometimes a bit of strawberry jelly or a honey drizzle 
  • A few eggs 
  • Greek yogurt with a high protein Kashi cereal 
  • Turkey Sausage or Chicken Sausage 

Lunch:
If I'm at home, I always try to have an easy protein rich lunch. This may be so gross to some people but when I know I'm eating dinner somewhere that's a splurge, I'll eat just a bunch of canned tuna (so much protein!) for lunch. I love carb balance whole wheat tortillas and often make wraps with turkey from the deli (less sodium and processedness than the packaged stuff). I use individual servings of wholly guacamole or low fat laughing cow cheese or hummus in my wraps sometimes. I also often heat them to make things feel a little more fancy, or if I'm craving a warm meal. For sides I love apples, a few pretzel chips, greek yogurt.


Dinner: 
I'm lucky to have a husband who isn't a picky eater at all. Most of the time when I cook, it's pretty healthy, or I make substitutions to make it healthier. We eat heavy protein meals and always try to add in some veggies. Mexican food is SO easy to make healthy, y'all. I promise! We eat a ton of it. It's always a good go-to if we end up needing an extra meal during the week. Refried black beans in a low carb tortilla for a burrito, or seasoned ground turkey on a bed of lettuce with salsa and avocado, yum! And easy.  We also love just plain grilled chicken with some veggies. I will say that since my friend Polly made us Pioneer Woman Chicken Spaghetti after Beau was born, I've made it a few times, it's one of Ben's favorites... but other than that I rarely make pasta. 

Skinnytaste Shrimp and Grits (in the Skinnytaste cookbook, a must have!) 
Crockpot bbq chicken (toss chicken breasts in the crock pot with a bunch of your favorite sauce, and then shred! add a little bit of Italian dressing if it gets dry)
Cauliflower Pasta

Snacks: 
  • Greek yogurt- I love fage ones that you flip the fruit over, or yoplait greek 100 whips, or chobani tubes 
  • 50 calorie cheese sticks or babybel wheels (lots of protein!) 
  • veggies and hummus 
  • Luna bars if I have a sweet craving 

Eating Out: 
When I was loosing weight a few years ago, I never ate anything at a restaurant without looking up the nutrition. Now I still look up the nutrition a lot, but I kind of know within reason what to expect from different places. If I go to Chick-fil A I love the grilled chicken cool wraps with no side, or if I feel like embracing the fried deliciousness I get either a chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun with no butter, or nuggets with fruit. I skip the sauces even though they're yummy, they're just not worth it! I sometimes get low fat mayo which I know a lot of people would find really gross, but it's the truth. :) When I was pregnant I enjoyed the occasional lemonade, I'd order half diet half regular. If I'm going to a fun restaurant that's not a chain, I usually order something that sounds good or whatever I want to try. However, if I'm going to a chain, 9 times out of 10 I order something off of a "lighter" menu. My friend Kayla introduced me to BJ's Chicken Pita Tacos and I LOVE them. I don't get the rice, I either get the caprese salad or brussel sprouts. Try them and thank me later. :) Even if I'm at Subway or something that's overall "healthy" I usually don't get cheese or get my dressing on the side or get none at all. There are a few exceptions where I order a special dressing that I like a lot. 

I hope this is helpful! :) Take my advice with a grain of salt. I'm no dietician, so for all I know I'm making some major mistakes with my diet here.. but it seems to be working well. :) Something that's also really helped me is doing Wal Mart grocery pickup.. I'll share more about this in a post on how I meal plan, but for now I thought I would share another update.. I'm still loving it and it has taken something that could be stressful with a little babe and turned it into a no brainer. I also like it because sometimes I can't find something I need in the store, and this guarantees I have everything that I need! :) 

7 comments:

  1. I am always curious what people eat! This is really helpful, especially your lunches which sound really easy and also healthy. I loved your post on a healthier life. It has definitely motivated me and reminded me losing weight isn't rocket science I think it's more about being consistent!

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  2. Ok I am seriously jealous of your self control and discipline! I may have eaten about ten Reese's cups last night...totally motivated to clean it up a bit after reading this!

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  3. I love this! I'm always curious as to what other people my age eat. It also gives me some inspiration. And on my professional dietitian opinion, I think if it works and makes you happy than thats the healthiest diet anyone can have. ;) Love you sweet internet friend! Been praying for you.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I also eat deli meat warmed up in the microwave and people at work think it's so strange :)

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  5. Why is it so interesting to see what others eat?! :) I eat a lot of high protein meals too so this sounds really similar to things we eat. I always love getting new ideas from others! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love reading about what others eat. Going to check out some of your dinner recipes!

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  7. Loved reading this post! I can be so bad at getting enough protein, so I am stealing some of these ideas, for sure :)

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