I have been asked “what do you eat every day” or “what have you eaten today” SO many times it impossible to count. It seems like people are always want to know what everyone else is eating…
And if I am being honest, there’s no magic trick to eating right. I just eat clean about 99% of the time and I allow myself to indulge as long as it’s in moderation and not every day. If i deprive myself of any indulgences, I usually end up cranky and overeating. Yuck.
And believe me, if there was some magic potion or thing to eat to make everything perfect, I would’ve found it already! It’s as simple as clean, healthy, nutritious foods and calories in vs calories out.
To be completely honest, if I have a burger, I’ll eat all of the middle and always leave most of the bun… Or eat some fries but I won’t polish off the whole plate (even though I want to!)
So I’m not that chick who’s going to lie to you and say- “oh I eat whatever I want, I eat burgers and fries every day and I look the same!” Because I’m calling bullshit on all of that! Maybe there are a few people who are just plain #blessed and can eat whatever they want without gaining an ounce, but for most of us, it’s not the case.
So here is what I eat every day or most days (of course it depends on where I am etc), totally honest and bullshit free:
COFFEE with unsweetened almond milk. ALWAYS!
1 cup High fiber cereal with 1/4 cup blueberries and unsweetened almond milk
3 egg whites with 2 cup of sautéed spinach and 2 pieces of nitrate free turkey bacon, with a little bit of salt, pepper, hot sauce and ketchup
BIG ASS salad filled with greens, cucumbers, black beans, peppers, 3-4 oz grilled chicken (or whatever other veggies I am craving) drizzled with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper.
Poke salad bowl filled with greens, onions and cilantro …and a combo of ahi tuna and salmon poke seasoned with a bit of sesame oil, wasabi, soy sauce and ponzu. Poke is a Hawaiian food and it is currently having a huge moment in LA and I am basically obsessed.
4 egg whites with spinach, 2 pieces of turkey bacon and a small side salad with olive oil, salt and pepper.
I cook usually 5 nights a week. I eat a lot of chicken breast and salmon- and I like to make my dinner recipes fun and satisfying. While the preparation changes from night to night, this is what I usually end up eating. I don’t typically eat many grains or starches at night, but when I do it’s typically quinoa or sweet potato.
3-4oz salmon filet with a side of sautéed broccoli or Brussel sprouts and salad with chopped up almonds and olive oil
4 oz boneless skinless chicken breast grilled or baked in some fashion with salad and about 1/4 an avocado drizzled with olive oil and 1/2 cup of sweet potato (in either baked or baked “skinny fry” form)
I also love a glass of wine with dinner, usually Sauvignon Blanc or rose, but I keep it to just one glass ….or I TRY to…
Sometimes I like a little sweet at the end of the night, even though I’m not really a sweet tooth person. If this craving hits I will have 2 oz of dark chocolate or some grapes with almonds….keep it light and just satisfying enough to kick the craving.
I usually snack about 2 times a day…usually between lunch and dinner and after my workout (which is usually when I make a protein shake). For snacks, I usually reach for any of these:
Handful of almonds or cashews
Air popped popcorn
Baby carrots with two tablespoons of hummus
Hard boiled egg with salt and pepper
OR…Post workout protein shake: plant based protein or egg white protein with unsweetened almond milk and ice (simple but does the trick)
And remember- moderation is key!