Wellness is one of my favorite topics to read about. Though I am no wellness expert I like to share the tidbits I’ve tried, what I’ve learned and how I strive to stay mentally and physically well daily. Incorporating cooking into my life has been a process. I used Blue Apron for a few months and that ultimately gave me the confidence to test out new recipes on my own. I’m not an impressive or elaborate chef but I have come to enjoy cooking as a way to unwind and decompress at the end of the day. Ha! Never thought I would say that (:
I’ve always enjoyed reading food diaries of other bloggers. It’s like a “what’s in my bag” or “day in the life post”, I’m nosy so I am always interested. Instead of tracking what I ate for an entire day or week (like I’ve done here and here) I decided to share my “go-to” meals. While I like the idea of being creative most days I mix and match the following options while experimenting here and there throughout the week.
My Food Philosophy:
Food is such a personal topic. Everyone has their own traditions and memories that surround food as well as philosophies regarding healthy eating. Personally, I consider myself an “intuitive eater” (buzzword, I know!). I don’t complicate things with strict diets or rules about what I can or cannot eat. I try and base most of meals around vegetables and when I eat something heavy or greasy or sugary I aim to strike a balance with the rest of my meals that day. You’ll probably notice there isn’t any meat in my go to meals. I’m a vegetarian turned pescetarian so I get most of my protein from eggs, plant based sources, nuts and fish.
Approach- Mornings are always busy. Breakfast needs to be quick but filling enough to tide me over until I can grab a snack at around 10:30 or 11:00.
- 1/2 Steel Cut Oats 1/2 Rolled Oats with Frozen Berries & Maple Syrup
- Avocado Toast (with or without a poached egg)
- Chocolate Protein Smoothie
On the go- Starbucks Oatmeal is my top choice when I can’t eat at home and I’m in a rush. Breakfast is the meal I’m most likely to eat out because mornings can get a little hectic!
Approach- For lunch I’m pretty old school and still pack a few items in a lunch box. My formula revolves around a vegetable centered main, fresh fruit (usually berries) and a few chocolate covered almonds, trail mix or Barkthin pieces for afternoon sugar cravings.
- Spinach Salad- Most commonly I toss spinach in a Tupperware with cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and peppers. I don’t usually add dressing…but love avocado for a dose of healthy fat. Yum!
- Egg Salad Sandwich-Egg salad sandwiches have been a favorite of mine since childhood. I never crave afternoon snacks when I eat this protein heavy lunch.
- Pesto Quinoa with loaded veggies-I make pesto quinoa with veggies for dinner at least once a week and bring the leftovers for lunch. I add whatever veggies are in my fridge (usually steamed spinach and mushrooms) topped with fresh avocado and cherry tomatoes. Heated up for a minute in the microwave this is the lunch I look forward to most!
On the go- Whole Foods Burrito Bowl (seriously my weakness), or a Caprese Sandwich on really delicious fresh baked bread from a sandwich shop near my office. I try to only let myself buy lunch once a week to save money and avoid greasy pizza and sour cream heavy burritos.
Approach-By dinner time I try to focus on meals that are veggie heavy. When I work out I usually add in a bit of protein as well (I’m a pescetarian so fish, quinoa and tofu are my top choices).
- Garlic Bok Choy with Lemon Prawns- I steam the bok choy in a vegetable steamer and quickly heat up fresh or frozen prawns on the stove. So quick and delicious!
- Baked Salmon & Asparagus
- Roasted Veggie Medley with Red Wine Vinegar & Parmesan Cheese- As boring as it sounds to have all veggies for dinner this is one of my all time favorites. The more colors the more pretty (and more flavorful).
- Traditional Spaghetti Squash
On the go- Usually I eat in or go to a sit down restraraunt like sushi (Jordan’s favorite) if we aren’t eating at home. In the rare case that it’s a busy night I order Mexican takeout or Veggie Pho most frequently.
Note: As for desserts and snacks, they vary a lot every day. I always always always have coffee in the morning (if I don’t it’s because I’m sick). I like to reach for fruit or nuts as a morning snack and if I’m heading to the gym after work I like to eat a piece of string cheese or sometimes a protein bar or Icelandic yoghurt. I eat dessert whenever I’m craving it. There is ALWAYS ice cream in my freezer, it’s my biggest sweet craving.
Do you mix it up for most meals or do you have a set of go-to meals you eat on repeat?