Hello, friends! I’ve recieved many requests to share my daily nutrition since posting my fitness routine late this winter, so here it is! Today I am sharing a look at what I typically eat during the week right now. I am definitely a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and lunch and tend to stick to the same things for months at a time, generally changing things up seasonally. My husband Don prepares dinner for us and while we do not eat the same thing each night, we do rotate within a regular series of meals on a weekly basis. What I am sharing today is a typical weekday menu for me.
I don’t like to eat right after I wake up. Lately I’ve been getting up around 6:30 (I tend to wake up within 20-30 minutes of sun rise, so my waking time gets earlier as the days get longer into summer). I then get in my workout and shower before making breakfast. I try to eat by 9:00 AM. I like to eat a hot breakfast in the colder months and it really hasn’t warmed up a lot here yet, so I am still enjoying eggs every morning. I simple sauté a large helping of baby spinach in a little olive oil, then scramble in two eggs, a bit of water, a healthy amount of Tabasco sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. I enjoy this with a slice of my favorite bread called Seeduction from Whole foods toasted with a bit of butter. I also take Chinese herbs every morning as given to me by my acupuncturist who I see on a regular basis for general health. They don’t taste very good, but they do make a noticeable difference in my general wellbeing! The herbs I take change weekly so I’m afraid I cannot tell you exactly what I am taking at any given time. I like to read a magazine and my daily entry from the Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort & Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This is also when I update my Food & Fitness journal with an entry from the previous day. You can see more about what I keep in this journal in target=”_blank”>this video if you’re interested.
I’m usually pretty well sated after breakfast and feel full until lunch. In lieu of a midmorning snack I have a cup of tea with a bit of honey around 10:00 AM after I have returned from my morning walk with my dog, Winnie. Lately I’ve been enjoying the Republic of Tea Decaf Vanilla Almond Black Tea. I don’t drink teas or other beverages with large amounts of caffeine anymore, because I’ve found I function better on less caffeine. This decaf blend still gives me the taste of black tea without the caffeine. I like to add a splash of milk to black tea for an extra creamy flavor.
I really love this special edition Emma Bridgewater mug sold exclusively at Fortnum & Mason in England. A very lovely lady sent me this along with some mint tea and handmade chocolates. I get the loveliest things in the mail!
We’ve been eating a lot more fish this spring and have salmon about once a week. My favorite preparation of Don’s is his dill yogurt salmon. We’ve gotten lots of requests to share the recipe for Don’s dill yogurt sauce, which also doubles as a dip. Don shares how he makes this in the coordinating video (posted below). Here is the written recipe for the sauce:
We generally eat this about once a week and Don always makes a lot since he knows I like to use the leftovers for my lunch. I’ve been really enjoying a simple salmon salad made with leftover dill yogurt sauce on my favorite Back To Nature MultiSeed Rice Crackers for lunch lately. I add a small amount of provolone cheese to cut the tartness of the yogurt sauce. It’s delicious!
One of the things I’ve noticed is that I tend to fare better both physically and mentally on days that I eat an afternoon snack. I spend most of my weekday afternoons in front of the computer and usually get pretty absorbed in what I am doing. Without a snack I end up feeling quite ravenous and a little bit cranky come 5 o’clock! Also, my digestion is generally better when I eat every few hours. Don has been helping me out lately by making me a snack around 3:30 each day. I realize this sounds a bit childish, but it was his idea and I am very grateful for it since it has made a big difference in just a couple of weeks! My snack of choice right now is celery and carrots with hummus, a pickle, and some Veggie Puffs (purchased from Whole Foods). It feels very well rounded and fills me up perfectly in the long wait between lunch and dinner.
We generally eat dinner between 6:00 and 6:30 PM. As I mentioned before, Don cooks for us most weeknights (I know, I am a lucky girl!). Lately we’ve been incorporating more fish and seafood into our diets. Don’s added a lovely garlic and dill sautéed shrimp to our menu rotation. We usually have either a couple of veggies on the side of our dinner or a vegetable and a starch of some type (such as sweet potato or brown rice pilaf). Steamed brocoli is a favorite of ours. We probably have it three times a week. Don prepared balsamic roasted portobello mushrooms to go along with the shrimp, which was a nice compliment.
My dessert of choice during the week is herbal tea with honey. While I am not opposed to having a little sweet here and there during the week, I generally prefer to have treats in the afternoon when I am better able to digest and process sugar. We’re trying to be super good for the next couple of months to lose our winter weight and I am doing my best to save treats for the weekend when I’ll usually have one or two bigger desserts. I find that a lightly sweetened cup of tea is a nice alternative and does satisfy my sweet tooth sufficiently. My favorite nighttime cuppa right now is the Numi Organic Moroccan Mint Tea. It is lovely!
Aside from a few cups of tea each day, I don’t really drink any beverages aside from water. I’ve never been a big beverage lover, to be honest. I try to drink anywhere from 80 to 100 ounces of water each day, and sometimes more if I am traveling by air or put in an especially butt-kicking workout. I use my LifeFactory 22 ounce water bottles so I can easily keep track of my water consumption on a daily basis. Staying hydrated is key to my general health and particularly good digestion.
I share What I Ate in the vlog-style video below, if you’re interested:
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I eat on any given weekday at the moment. I’d love to know what some of your go-to meals are this spring if you care to share.
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