I'm back with another installment of my "Everyday Eats" posts, offering a real life look into what a dietetics student consumes on a typical day. SInce my last post, I've been making a concerted effort to get better at breakfast and regular eating in general. My life schedule has been in up in the air for the last couple of weeks, but I finally have a handle on how to survive -- scratch that, how to thrive in these circumstances.
Here's a look at yesterday, Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
Breakfast - I woke up, made a cup of coffee and, before even finishing the cup, had made and eaten my breakfast. I'm so proud of myself for this. Lately I've been making a tart smoothie using my foolproof formula and a base of homemade coconut milk, plus fresh greens and frozen berries. That, plus two hardboiled eggs, is quick, easy, packed with nutrition, and keeps me fully satisfied until lunch. It's remarkable what a small change like this did for my cravings, energy levels and productivity. As a side note, I have found that eating the same thing for breakfast every day simplifies my morning and frees up valuable brain space for making other decisions.
Lunch - Another instance where I've been cutting corners with decision-making is in deciding what to have for lunch. For the past couple of weeks I've been making big batches of grain-free fish cakes from Stupid Easy Paleo's Performance Paleo Cookbook. They are delicious, incredibly easy to make, and are even easier to toss on a bed of lettuce, drizzle with homemade dressing, and eat for a meal. Another no-cook, no-brainer meal? Check and check.
Snacks - I walked to Starbucks to grab an Americano and do some studying. Later I had a green apple (I love how tart they are) with some Artisana raw pecan-cashew butter I was sent to review. In case you're curious, the stuff is delicious.
Dinner - Whenever I go to the butcher, I always buy grass-fed ground beef in bulk, then bring the whole lot home to portion out into reasonable sizes to store in the freezer. It's much cheaper, and having a stockpile of quality meat in the freezer makes meal-planning that much easier. On this day I had about a pound of thawed ground beef in the fridge along with a couple of boxes of my favorite crushed tomatoes, which I combined with some paprika, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, onions, and red bell peppers to make a Middle Eastern-inspired spicy tomato sauce and meatballs. I ate mine over a huge pile of steamed curly kale
Dessert - I made my husband this nifty single-serving microwave chocolate chip cake and helped him with the immense burden of finishing it all. Yes, I really am that giving.
And that's a wrap! Have you eaten anything delicious lately?