I love to eat. I’m the “oh Dale’s probably hungry” girl. Yes. I’m always hungry. I often plan my day around my meals and find myself thinking about my next snack hours before I have it.
Marathon training makes me have a crazy appetite, but I know I need the fuel to get me through all the miles. I don’t count calories. I don’t deprive myself. But I try to eat real food and primarily vegetarian. Being prepared helps me to make healthier choices and avoid any “hangry” moments. Trust me, I’m not very fun when I’m super hungry.
For the past year I’ve only eaten meat a couple times a week. I personally don’t like to cook it and I think it’s better for the environment to eat vegetarian. Plus, I feel like I eat better when I’m eating meat-free. I went completely meat-free this January and it was really easy for me. I don’t think I’ll ever define my diet as “vegetarian.” Not big on the label, because one day I might really want a piece of bacon. That’s okay. I eat to feel good and for me, that means less meat.
Today I did a meal snapshot on my Instagram Story and I kind of liked it because it made me really pay attention to what I eat in a day. If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for new healthy things to try, but you like to keep it simple. Simple works for me. I’m really busy and need to have meals prepped when the week begins. So, here’s a look at what a day of eating looks like for me. It was a Thursday, which means I was extra hungry…always am after my Wednesday night speed workouts, so I thought it was a good day to share.
Breakfast was a cold brew smoothie. I tried to copy the “Lifeline” smoothie I had in Sedona, but I didn’t have dates in my apartment. Ingredients: one banana, cup of homemade cold brew, splash of almond milk, one scoop of vital proteins collagen peptides, a tbsp of peanut butter, ice, and a dash of cinnamon. This combo was SO good. And I actually stayed full for a couple hours.
Meal two was my first snack of the day. A Siggi’s yogurt with a little bit of granola and some raspberries. Full disclosure: I didn’t mean to buy the 4% milk fat kind. All the others I’ve had are less and I like the consistency more, but I still enjoyed this one. Fresh raspberries made it. And of course I had a kombucha. I’ve been having one kombucha a day for a couple months now and I’ve never felt better. It really helps my digestion and I truly enjoy drinking it. I’ve just gotten into brewing my own (hoping to save some money) and my first batch wasn’t great, but my second batch will be ready in a few days and I used a different tea, so I have high hopes!
Lunch was easy. I prepped this on Sunday and had it every day this week. White quinoa topped with roasted brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, and some feta cheese. The flavor from the roasted veggies was good enough to not need a sauce or dressing of any kind. Brussels sprouts are my absolute favorite vegetable right now, so this simple lunch made me happy.
Meal four was a protein bar — typically is for me since I fuel up around 3:30 PM for my evening workouts. My favorite bars are RXBARs and I thought I had a Chocolate Sea Salt one in my desk drawer so I was looking forward to it all day. Turns out, I didn’t. I only had a Think Thin. Don’t get me wrong, I like these too, but I wish I hadn’t been craving the other kind all day!
Dinner was around 7:30 PM after my 6 mile run and strength class at ENRGi. I came home hungry, so I was glad I had already roasted asparagus and chickpeas. All I did was saute the rest of the mushrooms in my fridge, spread some avocado on some toast and called it a day. This was so easy to throw together and it was super filling. I loved having roasted chick peas on hand for a snack this week and I finished them up with dinner to make sure they didn’t go to waste. Simple vegetarian dinners don’t have to be boring.
Okay I was satisfied after dinner, but I always crave something sweet at the end of the day. And I don’t like to deprive my sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is my favorite and there are a lot of healthier options out there. I had a chunk of this Eating Evolved bar and it hit the spot. I don’t feel guilty about it. Why should I? I work hard. I fuel my body. I enjoy my meals. I treat myself.
Food is fuel. I truly believe that. I couldn’t do half of the things I do without proper fuel. I’m grateful to have access to delicious, healthy food all the time. So many people don’t have that luxury and I don’t take it for granted.