Prompted by my iPhone to make some space in order to upgrade to iOS7, I recently had to go through all of my pictures. I had been randomly taking pictures of all of my healthy meals in preparation to someday write this post. My goal was to have a quick reference of my go-to healthy meals. Well, turns out my pictures spanned an entire year (a little more actually) so I thought it was the perfect time to finally write this post. They aren’t as pretty as my SLR photos but they work.
While there are plenty of unhealthy meals I didn’t photograph (well, I probably did and posted them on Instagram), this entry is a collection of healthy staples that we make often. These are also items that I probably haven’t written up a recipe blog for because they are 1) really simple and 2) not special enough in my eyes to devote a whole blog to. Simply put, they are everyday meals that are easy, healthy, and reliable.
I’m always getting questions about what we eat on a day to day basis which was another reason I wanted to write this entry. I hope this gives you some ideas, encourages you to revisit some old standbys, and maybe even jumpstarts you out of a food rut. Enjoy!
You’ll notice a trend right off the bat about breakfast: tea. I have at least 1 mug everyday, if not more. I switch it up in terms of flavors though – right now I’m on a green tea kick. You might notice another trend – fruit! I definitely try to vary my fruit intake as you’ll see here. I love everything – berries, peaches, apples, bananas, oranges. I think fruit is the perfect compliment to breakfast and try to have that every morning as well.
L-R: English muffin with peanut butter and a peach, cottage cheese topped with berries, an Odwalla protein juice with berries, and waffles topped with a nectarine, blueberries, and agave.
Another thing I’m really proud of is portable breakfasts. Here is one I took to the airport of granola and strawberries. All I needed to do was find some soymilk and a cup (thank you Au Bon Pain!) and I was good to go. (Protip: TSA food rules)
For lunch I’m a salad frequent flier. I will put literally anything and everything in a salad. Here is my go-to salad ingredient list: mixed greens, spinach, avocado, cucumber, bell pepper, banana peppers, peppadew peppers, marinated red onion, carrots, edamame, corn, bacon, chicken, tuna, hardboiled eggs, rice, lentils, quinoa, chickpeas, black beans, almonds, sunflower seeds, and on and on. My favorite salad dressings include balsamic vinaigrette, honey mustard, and salsa.
I’m also a fan of the smorgasbord lunch. Greek gyro bites are perfect or something picnic style like a pita, brie, fruit, and veggies.
I like sandwiches and wraps for lunch too. My default sandwich is usually turkey, avocado, tomato. For wraps I like tuna with romaine or a big grilled chicken caesar wrap.
Dinner is my favorite because I don’t have to make sure it’s compact and portable, it can take as long to prepare as my free time allows, and I can really keep it varied and interesting.
L-R: Another variation of Greek gyro bites, veggies with chicken over brown rice, pulled pork tacos with slaw and pico de gallo, chicken and quinoa mexican bowl, feta vegetable salad over chicken and brown rice, chicken with veggies and quinoa, pad thai, veggie burgers and green beans, and a ground turkey mexican bowl.
Snacks are a must for me. I usually feel my belly grumble in the late afternoon and need something as a little pick me up to get through until dinner. I have a ton of go-to snacks not pictured here (fruit, unsalted pretzels, Belvita biscuits, trail mix, granola bars). The ones here are are just a small sample of my favorite afternoon goodies.
Another favorite go-to snack is almonds. Two things I always have a stash of are Trader Joe’s handful of almonds packages and Justin’s individual packets of almond butter. Each is 200 calories of filling, almond goodness.
I hope this post has been helpful and inspiring. I’ll do it again in another year!