DAY ON A PLATE

Morning: 

Each morning I wake up between 5:30 am- 6:15am depending on how my night with the babies goes -ha! I love to start my morning with a glass of warm water. On days when I am not fasting (typically Saturday/Sundays) I will add lemon, too! Strong coffee is a morning ritual for me and I make mine with a french press. I drink on average 2 cups each morning. Since I practice IF I only add about 15 calories worth of organic half & half. (You must keep your body under 50 calories to remain in a fasted state if you practice IF). 


12 pm noon:

This is when I open my eating window for the day (M-F). I typically begin with a small snack. Some of my favorites are:
- Sliced tomatoes (I use the medium size) with mozzarella cheese sliced on top and drizzled with balsamic reduction. You can find my favorite balsamic reduction linked below! It’s so yummy and not too heavy. 

- Mini bell peppers with hummus

- Hardboiled eggs with dijon mustard, salt, pepper



Lunch:

These are some of my favorites:

- Baked Avocado: I half the avocado, take out the pit and sprinkle parmesan cheese on each side. Drizzle with balsamic reduction (I use this a lot!) and broil on hi for 5 minutes. I linked my favorite balsamic reduction in the noon snack section. So yummy!

- Baked Avocado method 2: Half the avocado, remove pit and scoop a bit more avocado out to have additional room for filling. Crack an egg on each side. Top with pickled jalapeños and feta cheese. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until yoke is desired consistency - yum!

- Simple Green Salad: I use spring mix and add all my favorites: black beans (I use canned), banana peppers, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, avocado slices, radishes, mandarin oranges, and gorgonzola or feta cheese. Mix all together and add my favorite homemade dressing. See recipe below! 

    *Homemade dressing recipe:

       - 1/2 cup olive oil

       - 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

       - 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar ( I’ll link my favorite below )

       - 1 tablespoon minced garlic

      - salt and pepper to taste 

   *Add all ingredients to a mason jar and shake!) 

**My favorite and most used apple cider vinegar: ( I also drink a a Tbsp of this with warm water a couple of times a week to maintain a strong gut health )


Afternoon Snack:

This totally depends on my hunger level and if I am having a heavier dinner or not. It’s always lighter than my morning snack, too. Some of my favorites are: 

-Pretzel crisps with hummus ( My favorite hummus can be found here. It is free of preservatives and all the yucky stuff!)

-A piece of fruit (apple or banana w/ pb usually)

-Handful of almonds

Dinner: 

Dinner typically consists of some type of protein with veggies. Some of our favorites are:


Quinoa Bowls: Our favorite is a ground turkey bowl and I’ll leave the recipe below! 

1 lb ground turkey

chopped brussel sprouts 

1 can chickpeas 

1 yellow onion sliced 

t tablespoon soy sauce 

1 cup quinoa 

1 tablespoon minced garlic 

sesame seeds 

I typically sear fresh brussels but have been using frozen lately and they are actually pretty tasty! However, if you have time and are not in a rush - roasting brussels and then drizzling with balsamic reduction is the way to go! Yummy. This bowl is pretty hard to mess up - ground the turkey, cook the brussels using the method of your choice and add it all to a large bowl. We love these and probably have them twice weekly. I’ll link our bowls below.

Fish with Veggies: Our favorite is tuna steak! Sometimes we buy them fresh from the seafood market in the grocery and sometimes we use frozen. If you choose frozen make sure to put the tuna steaks in the refrigerator the night before so they can gently thaw. We prepare steaks by seasoning with salt/ pepper and turn on our Staub to high heat. Sear on each side for 2 minutes - just enough to get a crust and middle should still be pink. (You can cook thoroughly but fish is so much better served rare IMO!) I serve with asparagus and jalapeño cornbread! 

We love to cook using our cast iron Staub. It cooks to perfection and leaves the most beautiful grill lines. Ha, dorky but if you are into presentation of your food you need this! We use it for fish, chicken, steak, breads, pineapple, sandwiches…everything! I’ll link the 2 we have below. They are an investment but they last forever..literally.

Fish on Arugula: We eat lots of fish! Filled with Omega-3 fatty acids and a source of high quality protein - what is not to love? It is also easy to prepare so you don’t have to have mad skills in the kitchen to create a tasty fish dinner. We turn to tuna and salmon most often - but we love to try new kinds, too. Prepare your fish, fill a large bowl with arugula (obsessed!), throw in feta cheese, halved grape tomatoes, chopped shallots, and the homemade dijon shared earlier in the post and violà! Easy, healthy, and delicious. We like to grill sliced sourdough bread using our Staub to serve with this, too. We get our bread fresh from the bakery at the grocery - makes such a difference.

Basically, I try to stick to a whole food diet and eat as little processed food as possible. Eating this way can be daunting but I have been surprised how easy it is once it becomes routine. Just as packaged and processed foods can become “staples” the same can be said for fresh foods. I encourage you to try a few of the things mentioned above and find what’s right for you. Eating this way can be incredibly rewarding— not just in how you look and feel, but also by how enjoyable good foods cooked well can taste. 

I also have learned to listen to my body and when I don’t feel hungry - I don’t eat. If I find myself wanting to eat from boredom or just simple cravings - I’ll chew gum, brush my teeth, or drinks 2 big glasses of water. That always helps. I like to enjoy dessert 2-3 times a week because life is about balance! Enjoy!! Comment if you have a question or something you want to share. Thank you for reading!

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