Happy hump day! I used to call my friend every Wednesday morning at work, way before she would get in so I could leave her a message and wish her a happy hump day. That way, when she got to her desk she would hear my silly message to kick off her day.
OK, but back to the topic at hand…food!
My sister and niece came over on Monday and we got to talking about food. She is making a big effort to make better choices, provide healthier dishes to her family and overall live a healthier and happier lifestyle. When she was living with us for six weeks, Lindsay said she lost weight and was motivated by the way I ate. I can eat a salad every day for lunch and have it taste different, be exciting and made from simple ingredients. This boggled her mind!
So often we think we have to sacrifice flavor and satisfaction if we are eating healthy. My approach has always been to pick the better-for-you option so when the time comes to really indulge, you can without any regret. Here is how I make my way through a day sans regret but never feeling deprived.
BREAKFAST I woke up not super hungry, so I drank a big glass of water and started the coffee. After 30 minutes I was ready to grab a box of cereal when I stopped and thought about how I would feel. Monday was my day off of the gym, so I knew I didn’t need anything heavy, carby or a treat (yes, I was going for Frosted Shredded Mini Wheats and that is a treat). Back to the drawing board, I went with a protein pancake once I spotted the organic berries in my fridge.
Topped with Greek yogurt as ‘frosting’ and fresh berries, this bad boy hit the spot and felt special even though it was made with simple, fresh ingredients. After, I changed and took Henry on a long walk.
LUNCH was enjoyed out with my sister and niece at Panera. I always default to their salads because the options are awesome, you can customize easily and (although I am not a calorie counter) you can see the stats in a flash. Since I had a sweeter breakfast, I decided on a saltier option for my lunch. I usually go for the Greek salad but instead went for the Thai Chicken Salad, dressing on the side and I picked off most of the wantons. This salad is the jam; awesome toppings like edamame, roasted red pepper and grilled chicken.
For a side, I subbed out the bread for an apple. Sometimes I go for the bread but 90% of the time I change to the apple so there is no temptation to pick at the warm bread mindlessly.
I started to get snacky in the afternoon and knew dinner was still three hours out and I needed to eat (Baby G doesn’t like to go for too long without fuel!). Remember the apple from lunch? I paired that with some peanut butter and a few chocolate chips to hit the sweet spot and fill me up – two birds, one stone.
DINNER Usually one night a week we go meatless. No, I am not vegan or even vegetarian, but I find beans and legumes to be awesome options, are crazy affordable and good for your waistline and insides. Trust me, my meat-loving husband has never complained.
I pulled out fixings for a Chipolte-esk dinner; black beans, avocado, tomato, lettuce, salsa, brown rice and jalapenos. For dinner, Phil put his fixings in a Ezikiel wrap (<—the best!!!),
and I enjoyed mine as a salad. Another salad?
Yup, I skipped the wrap so I could grab a few of these chips. (PS- these are the BEST chips!)
I love chips and salsa (my weak point) so I gave up the lesser of the two and was beyond satisfied.
And that is how I make my food choices through the day. I never felt deprived, unsatisfied, overly stuffed and uncomfortable or regretting a single bite.
Do you think about what you eat?
What is your favorite indulgence that you won’t give up?
What is your favorite afternoon snack?