This page is about my eating theory, recipes, brands, and food that I like to eat.
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I do not follow a specific diet, nor am I strictly meat-free, gluten-free, and definitely not sugar-free. I try different things, keep with what I like, and I enjoy learning about food backgrounds and what fuels my body best. I dislike meat, mainly because of the taste and the cholesterol factor, so you won’t see a lot of meat on here.
To read about more examples of each meal, click the “tag clouds” on the right column to show previous posts I tagged with each meal. Or click my Recipes page for my favorites.
Here is a sampling of my day including brands I currently enjoy best.
For years, I have had yogurt and cereal for breakfast. It used to be Dannon Light n’ Fit only. Not Yoplait, not Stonyfield, not Fruit on the Bottom–too many calories. It used to be all about the calories, right? Then I had some sessions with a nutritionist that recommended I switch to Greek for the protein. “But it’s more calories!” But it’s worth it, I learned. Aha! Eating calories is ok when it’s packed with protein and not artificial ingredients. So now, my yogurt of choice is Oikos Vanilla or Chobani Vanilla. I don’t do fruity flavors. If I want to add fruit, I’ll add the real stuff.
I still swear by Fiber One Original, Kashi Go Lean, Kashi Heart to Heart, and Uncle Sam’s bran flakes. I have recently added Kashi Go Lean Crunch and Kashi Cinnamon Harvest.
I alternate this breakfast (1 C cereal with 6 oz yogurt, 1/2 C berries) with a homemade muffin + 2 hard boiled egg whites + cantaloupe slices, or a variation of Oats in a Jar. All found on my recipe page. I also like hot stovetop oatmeal when I have time to make it.
Lunch is always my toughest and most “blah” meal of the day. Being a creature of habit and making it easiest for grocery shopping and packing the night before, this is my go-to lunch:
salad with any veggies, some type of bean (kidney, chickpea) or slice of cheese, Athenos Hummus (or Central Market store-made hummus), 1C mixed berries. Sometimes lox on the salad. Sometimes crackers or a homemade muffin defrosted, something sweet at the end.
Or: Salad sampler plate including vegetables (no lettuce), tabbouleh, and a banana with Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter.
Or: Orowheat Sandwich Thin/Flat Out Warp with veggies or turkey or tuna, side of fruit. cookie.
Sometimes a Green Monster with a PB&J Sandwich.
Like a 3rd grader, I like snack time. Depending on hunger and what time dinner is,
I eat either a big apple with 2 wedges Laughing Cow cheese,
or 4 oz Oikos yogurt with Kashi Go Lean cereal,
or non-fat cottage cheese with berries or cereal.
I love to cook, but don’t have time and energy to make a feast on weeknights. My general rule is protein, vegetable, sometimes starch in some form or another. We pick up food, I eat leftovers, I love eggs for dinner. I try to plan out a few nights when I grocery shop so I have some options.
See the recipe page for dinners. It changes often, but I also find some foods are easier to prepare fast, like roasting vegetables (bake it and forget about it until it’s done, pressing tofu and cooking stovetop (fast, lasts a few meals), eggs + pancakes.
I told you I have a sweet tooth. Dessert gets its own section on my everyday food chart. I try to limit dessert to 100 calories. My current favorites are Tate’s Bakeshop cookies for 80 calories each. But my latest favorite is 1/2 banana with Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams. It is to die for! and probably more than 100 calories, so a special treat. I also have homemade chocolate chip or mint chip cookies in the freezer for grabbing. At least when they’re homemade, I know what’s in them.