I shared a food diary last January and I had a request to share one again.
A few things to note:
This took place during the week on a Tuesday-Thursday. Let's be real I don't always eat this healthy but my A game is on since I gained 5+ lbs over the Holidays. I do however still eat a lot of veggies and very little meat in my regular diet , I just usually snack more often. During the week I really try to be mindful of what I am eating with little processed foods, little sugar and not many snacks. On the weekends I definitely indulge more and don't restrict myself. Also if I am eating out, I order what I want and don't restrict myself.
I didn't include all my drinks below, so FYI I gave up caffeine after I had Frances and I only drink decaf coffee now. The caffeine was making me anxious and I feel so much better now without it. I don't miss it one bit. But I do still like a cup of coffee in the morning, I usually either make a decaf black coffee with my Nespresso or pick up a decaf latte or cappuccino at Starbucks. Otherwise during the day I only drink water, seltzer, or unsweetened green tea (the tea is the only caffeine I have and it doesn't seem to affect me like coffee did), and of course wine a few nights a week.
I just recently got back into juicing and I have to say my energy has been so much better. Sometimes it is easier to just pick up a green juice but it saves so much money if you make it at home. I have this Breville Juicer and love it. I bought it 4 years ago after Christmas and it still works like a charm. The parts are also dishwasher safe which is always a plus. I hand wash it for the most part but run it through the dishwasher once a week.
Now sometimes I am lazy and don't feel like juicing, on those days I drink one of these 8 greens tablets dissolved in water. It is a superfood supplement and contains 8 different greens pressed into one little tablet. They are kind of like Airborne but filled with nutrients and greens instead. These green tablets are amazing. On Sunday I felt so tired and wanted to take a nap but I drank one and then ran 2 miles and felt so good. I had so much more energy. Btw this is by no means an ad or sponsored post, I paid for them and truly love them.
Lemon Water. I start each day with hot lemon water and often end with it as well.
I squeeze half a lemon into a coffee mug with water and microwave 1 minute. You can do this on the stove as well.
Next Green Juice. My go-to Green Juice is : 2 apples, 1 lemon, 2 celery stalks, 1 baby cucumber, 1 jalapeño seeds removed, 1 inch piece peeled ginger, 1 bunch kale, and handful spinach. This makes enough juice for Matt and I both to have a glass.
Yogurt with Strawberries and Pistachio Crumble.
This recipe came out of the Bon Appetit Food Lovers Cleanse cookbook and Matt and I are both loving it. It is super simple all you do is dry roast 1/4 cup chopped pistachios, 2 teaspoons poppy seeds and 2 teaspoons sesame seeds on medium heat about 1minute. Then add in 2 tablespoons honey and cook 1 more minute. Remove from heat and let nuts cool and harden into chunks. Serve over greek yogurt with fresh strawberries.
Greek Salad + Hummus + Naan Bread + Pepperoncini
I frequently make this chopped Greek salad. It is just chopped cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, kalmata olives and feta cheese if you have it. Add salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Panko Crusted Salmon + Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas with Mustard and Parsley (recipe below)
The cauliflower + chickpea recipe comes from Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook and we all love it. My kids will even eat the cauliflower this way. It is so delicious.
1 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and dried
1 head of cauliflower, outer leaves removed and discarded, cut into bite-sized florets
3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
Coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon seeded mustard (i.e., grainy mustard)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and set the rack in the middle. Toss chickpeas and cauliflower together in a large roasting pan with 3 tablespoons olive oil and a big pinch of salt. Roast, stirring now and then, until everything is dark brown and the cauliflower is quite soft, about 45 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, whisk together mustards, vinegar, and 1/4 cup of olive oil with a big pinch of salt and a few healthy grinds of black pepper. While the chickpeas and cauliflower are still warm, toss them with the mustard dressing and the parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I was still hungry before bed and I ate 1/2 an orange.
Then I had hot lemon water with ginger.
Hot Lemon Water.
Starbucks Decaf Latte
2 eggs scrambled with cheese, spinach and avocado, 2 pieces of bacon, 1/2 grapefruit
Chopped Detox Salad + Leftover Roasted Cauliflower + Naan + Hummus
I had 1/2 a vegan cookie from Earthfare for a snack.
Hot Lemon Water
I save my old Starbucks cup so I can use them as to-go cups and take my juice with me.
Starbucks Oatmeal + Decaf Latte
If I am on the go and need a quick easy breakfast I frequently get the oatmeal at Starbucks. It is surprisingly good and filling.
I ate lunch out at Xao Bao Biscuit and had the Cabbage pancake + fried egg
I had a few pretzels left over from the kid's snack before dinner.
Skinny Taste's California Sushi Stacks (we used tuna and crab instead of shrimp) + Edamame.
This meal is super easy and my kids actually loved the edamame, added bonus.
Lemon Ginger water before bed.
When I eat clean like this and exercise I usually notice results quickly. I lost about 2 lbs last week just from cutting out most of my snacks and processed foods. I am not the type of person who can totally give up carbs, so I still enjoy them in moderation. If you have any go-to healthy recipes I would love you to share them!