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All about food: What I’m eating and what foods I currently can’t live without

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A meals publish for you immediately! I hope you take pleasure in!

I love to speak about meals, take a look at meals and eat meals. However fact be advised, I don’t like to organize meals all that a lot. That’s why I don’t publish a ton of recipes, as a result of my meals are principally “assembled” fairly than cooked, if you recognize what I imply.

However meals is essential, particularly if you need to really feel your greatest, and I get plenty of questions from you lovelies about what I’m eating, so in the present day, we’re going to dig in. Now, I know you like to see “What I Ate Wednesday” posts, however that is higher, as a result of it’s acquired much more info.

And keep in mind, you must eat what you want and eat what makes you are feeling good and what provides you power. That’s how I do it. I don’t subscribe to any specific food regimen, nor eating home windows, and I undoubtedly don’t rely macronutrients. I know that counting macros would in all probability assist me change my physique composition, however it’s not one thing that I need to concentrate on, obsess on or spend my time doing proper now, so I don’t. However it does work properly for some individuals, so I’m in help of it, if it really works for you.

What I’m eating and what foods I currently can’t live without

All about food_ What I'm eating and what foods I currently can't live without by A Lady Goes West

I’m positive I eat too many carbs and an excessive amount of fats each day, however that’s alright by me. Eating the suitable foods and the correct quantity of meals has helped me to heal my hormones and get well from hypothalamic amenorrhea, get pregnant, have a wholesome being pregnant and nurse and look after a rising boy for greater than a yr — so I know the facility of meals too. (And in case you are having issues with any of the above, together with your power ranges, might I recommend you search the assistance of an RD to look over your food plan.)

A number of extra caveats earlier than we start …

  • Simply because I eat one thing doesn’t imply you could eat it. We’re all totally different.
  • That is nothing however a present snapshot of my favourite foods, and it’s going to possible change because the months go on. I typically get on “kicks” that final for a number of months. 
  • As you possibly can see, I go for comfort, and typically purchase pre-chopped natural veggies fairly than chopping my very own. That’s a product of being a busy mother with a toddler. However even when I wasn’t busy, I’d nonetheless go for comfort.
  • I’m not a registered dietitian, so that you’ll need to converse to a type of when you’ve got any dietary questions or points.
  • My weekday meals are relatively repetitive, however by no means equivalent and virtually all the time ready at house. And on the subject of weekends, there’s extra selection and extra meals out.
  • Meals must be loved! It ought to make you are feeling good and you need to just like the style of it. If it doesn’t do both of these issues … don’t eat it.

Let’s get to the meals! Right here’s the rundown of what I eat day-after-day and what foods I currently can’t live without …

Breakfast

It is probably not cool to eat breakfast any longer because of the entire intermittent fasting factor, however I’m an lively lady of child-bearing age who cares about hormonal stability, and I’m NOT into skipping meals, so breakfast is life.

Banana — I actually have a banana each single day of my life, often even when touring. I simply love bananas. Dave has one most mornings too, so typically it’s a struggle over who will get probably the most “ready” banana. And it’s often me — just some brown spots is ideal. 

Almond butter — To throw on prime of my banana or oats or toast or something. I like crunchy, salted and pure with no further components. I’m cool with sunflower and peanut butter too, however uncooked almond is my favourite of the nut butters.

Oats in a Jar by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Natural oats — Baked, soaked in a single day in coconut milk, in an virtually empty PB jar or heated up in a pot, combined with a banana and almond butter. That is virtually all the time the idea of my breakfast. Listed here are a couple of of my favourite oat recipes …

Oatmeal bake by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Inexperienced tea/stevia/cinnamon/honey/collagen/coconut milk — My morning tea is my favourite. I have it each single day without fail and typically journey with stevia and collagen simply to ensure I can add these issues to my tea if I should get it out. And now that I have my frother — life is sweet. That is the Very important Proteins type of collagen I use day by day in my tea.

Virtually day by day of the week, I have some model of oats, topped with a banana and sprinkled with chia seeds and pumpkin seeds, all the time with that huge mug of tea. I eat breakfast round eight a.m. whereas Brady is enjoying in his pack-n-play, and I sometimes examine my emails and reply a couple of issues whereas eating.

Oatmeal breakfast by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Oatmeal bowl by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Lunch

That center of the day meal is often a scorching one for me, and it’s all the time colourful too.

Eggs — Eggs for lunch! Sure! Even when I was working in an workplace every day, I would have eggs for lunch, as a result of I’d convey hard-boiled eggs. Eggs are simply so versatile and tasty and filled with protein and vitamins. I eat two eggs at a time, often over medium with a runny middle for dipping. And I solely purchase one model of eggs, it’s the Very important Farms pasture-raised, and they’ve probably the most fantastic orange yolk.

Sauerkraut — I eat sauerkraut as a result of I just like the tart style, however I additionally like that sauerkraut is a fermented meals and has good micro organism for the intestine. It’s useful to eat fermented foods, to assist your digestion and abdomen function easily. I purchase my sauerkraut at Dealer Joe’s or Entire Foods. It’s chilly and stays within the fridge for a very long time.

Veggie pattie meal by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Sweet potato meal by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Avocado — As a result of I love them. I eat an entire one by one and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.

Leftover veggies — My lunch often consists of some leftover veggies from dinner from the night time earlier than, which I warmth up within the microwave and pair with my eggs, sauerkraut and avocado. See under for extra particulars on the veggies.

Bone broth — Particularly in the course of the colder months, I like to have a mug of bone broth as a aspect to my lunch. I add sea salt, black pepper and turmeric to taste it.

Bone broth lunch by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

I often eat my lunch round 2 p.m. whereas Brady is napping, and sadly, it’s consumed whereas engaged on the pc. If I had infinite time, I’d sit in silence and stare out the window whereas eating and chewing longingly such as you’re presupposed to — however that’s not sensible for me proper now.

On the weekends, Dave and I sometimes get take-out salads with garlic bread from a rotation of some native spots, and I look ahead to these meals with no prep and no clean-up. 

Urban Plates salad lunch by A Lady Goes West

Dinner

When it comes dinner time, I’ve already fed Brady and cleaned up the kitchen a number of occasions in the course of the day, so we wish to hold it quite simple. Assembled plates and combination bowls it’s.

Eggs once more — The right protein, and sure, a variety of occasions, I eat eggs twice a day — solely through the week although — as a result of I often skip eggs on the weekends and get lunch out and have one thing totally different for dinner.

Veggie burgers — Keep in mind when veggie burgers have been principally processed junk filled with soy protein? Nicely, a few of them nonetheless are, however not the type I like. There are two manufacturers of veggie burgers that I eat on repeat, and all of them have a number of flavors. Qrunch Quinoa Burgers and Hilary’s Eat Nicely — (I additionally do Dr. Praeger’s, however solely the Mushroom Risotto, Kale or Tremendous Greens variety — the California ones have soy, and that’s one factor I don’t eat a lot of). I purchase a ton directly and hold them within the freezer, so we actually all the time have one thing for dinner available. The excellent news is that Dave likes them too. We every have two veggie burgers for dinner (with different fixings defined under) about three nights every week or so — and two veggie burgers every is rather a lot, however they’re simply so good. (For some time, I was eating veggie burgers for lunch and dinner, and that was overkill, so I stopped eating VBs for lunch.)

Hilary's Eat Well root veggie burgers by A Lady Goes West

Lentil pasta — I don’t know when I began eating lentil pasta, however when I was pregnant, I ate it like 5 nights every week for dinner and combined so many issues in with it that Dave began calling it my “goulash.” Dave doesn’t eat lentil pasta with me. Anywho, I just like the Dealer Joe’s pink lentil pasta or Eat Banza chickpea pasta. I deal with it like common pasta, boil it in salted water, add natural marinara sauce, some sautéed cauliflower rice and even bone broth and a scrambled egg for extra protein. 

Cauliflower rice — We maintain Dealer Joe’s in enterprise with the quantity of natural frozen cauliflower rice we purchase. It’s an actual staple. I sauté it in a pan with olive oil and sea salt and black pepper till it will get a bit of char, then use it as a aspect dish topped with salsa or add it to lentil pasta.

Natural black beans — I purchase canned natural black beans and use them as a aspect dish to our veggie burgers perhaps as soon as every week. We cut up the can, and no, I don’t wash them. Perhaps I ought to, however I don’t take that additional step. I like beans — nice protein and fiber.

Avocado — An avocado a day retains the physician away. I typically have an avocado with lunch, however all the time with dinner, sliced up and coated in sea salt and black pepper.

Veggie dinner plate by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Veggie dinner by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Natural candy potatoes — That is one other one which I will both have with lunch or dinner. I just like the purple and the white natural candy potatoes the most effective, and often Dave and I will cut up an enormous one, or I’ll save half for my lunch the subsequent day.

Butternut squash — I love to purchase the pre-cut cubed butternut squash at Entire Foods or Dealer Joe’s and roast it with coconut oil, sea salt and black pepper. It goes completely with veggie burgers, eggs and avocado — and if we’ve got candy potato as a aspect, then we often don’t do butternut squash too, since they’re a bit of comparable.

Veggie plate by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Veggie meal by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Brussels sprouts — I took a couple of months off Brussels sprouts as a result of I was so averse to them throughout being pregnant, I by no means needed to return. Nicely, I went again, and dang, they’re good. I wish to roast my Brussels coated in coconut oil, sea salt, black peppers and turmeric, and they’re an amazing aspect to veggie burgers and eggs and avocado. 

So dinner on the weeknight is both a veggie burger, egg, veggie combo platter utilizing some line-up of the above listed foods or a lentil pasta bowl of goodness.

In relation to the weekends, we now have grocery retailer sushi and miso soup on Fridays, random tasty stuff on Saturdays (out to dinner or perhaps grass-fed burgers and candy potato fries at house, or grass-fed steak and roasted potatoes), then Sundays we all the time have home-made pizza-oven pizza and salad.

And sure, we’re nonetheless eating dinner at eight p.m. or later each night time, and but, I nonetheless sleep completely high quality and really feel nice, despite the fact that most well being specialists on the market are saying all of us have to eat dinner earlier. That simply doesn’t work for us proper now, so we don’t do it.

Early veggie dinner outside by A Lady Goes West

Snacks

All the time snacking. I sometimes have a mid-morning snack between breakfast and lunch and a day snack between lunch and dinner.

Larabars — I purchase them in giant portions at Goal, the place they’re solely $1 every for those who purchase them in huge packing containers. Can’t get sufficient, and I often have one a day, with Dave having one a day most days too. That’s typically 14 Larabars every week … and candy little Brady likes to nibble on them too. 

Larabar snack by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Uncooked almonds — I wish to get the single-serve packets from Dealer Joe’s, however I additionally simply do the large bag of uncooked almonds and have a handful right here and there as wanted.

Protein shakes — I drink a protein shake after my exercise perhaps 3 times every week (often after the more durable resistance exercises or when I know I gained’t be eating any time quickly). I’m all the time making an attempt new protein powder and am currently utilizing the this Sunwarrior chocolate one, and I combine it with water.

Matcha lattes — We’ll file this one beneath snacks, however each single afternoon after lunch through the week, I make a matcha latte utilizing this matcha powder, coconut milk, cinnamon, stevia and that trusty milk frother.

Peach matcha collagen by A Lady Goes West

Coconut- or almond-covered dates — That is truly a “dessert,” however I’m placing it within the snack part. I actually can’t end a lunch or dinner meal without a date as my dessert. I purchase a number of bins of almond-covered and coconut-covered dates at a time, as a result of Dave likes them too and we undergo them shortly. It’s the right wholesome candy chew to make you are feeling glad. Love them — and I’m even recognized to deliver a number of with us once we are eating out, so we all the time have a candy available if the dessert isn’t occurring.

Dates easy and healthy grocery swaps by A Lady Goes West

What I ate -- sweet date bite by A Lady Goes West

I don’t eat the very same factor each single day in any respect, however as a creature of behavior, I rotate by way of the choice above in several combos, and it retains me full and comfortable.

Relying on the dimensions of my meals and timing, some days have extra snacks than others. It actually simply relies upon. Oh, and if it’s the weekend, you possibly can guess as an alternative of the matcha latte made at house, I’ve hit up Starbucks for an enormous sugary beverage. And no, these don’t essentially make me really feel fantastic, however I like them anyway.

And that’s about it — a lot of the foods that I eat regularly and can’t live without proper now. As you’ll be able to see, it’s principally veggies, fruit and … eggs. I’m not against high-quality meat or dairy in any respect, and I all the time have each on the weekends, however we identical to to maintain our prep easy in the course of the week, so it’s what it’s.

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Questions of the day

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