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
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.
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)
- 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
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! :)