daily eats: 12.22.13

How was the weekend? Mine was pretty quiet and quite nice. We had pizza and saw American Hustle, got in some workouts (after a two-week break!) and spent lots of time in the kitchen. I’m so ready and excited for Christmas!

This daily eats is what a standard Sunday looks like around here…

coffee/breakfast: I don’t usually eat breakfast on the weekends, and after an indulgent meal the night before (wine, crab legs, eggnog and too many brown butter snickerdoodles) I definitely wasn’t hungry this morning. I enjoyed my coffee (and 1/2 & 1/2!) with a side of RHOBH and some blog/learnist work.

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workout: 6ish mile hike to, up and back from Runyon canyon. I love being able to get a good hike, right from our house. I didn’t take a picture today, but this is what it looks like:

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I also decided that as of today, I’m always wearing a hat when we go for hikes. No wrinkles for me!

snack: when we returned home, I was (of course) hungry so I dug into some Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits. I don’t buy these crackers often because I eat them in three sittings…every time I bring them home.

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lunch: I wanted to go out, but we had a Packer game on the DVR and little desire to “get ready” so lunch was random. Leftover pizza (from Stella Barra – yum!) + some frozen chicken & kale dumplings that we had made a few weeks (months?) ago + a cookie for dessert.

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wine: I sipped some wine while making mushroom lasagna – béchamel and all!

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snack: saltine crackers, a bit of pickled herring and another splash of wine

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dinner: Sadly, the mushroom lasagna wasn’t for us…it smelled SO good. But it did put me in the mood for pasta, so I swapped out the planned sweet potato fries for mac & cheese. :)  Chicken legs + mac & cheese + green beans…and a cookie, of course! (I buy organic chicken legs from Costco, they are tasty and pretty inexpensive.)

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I hope you have a very, Merry Christmas! (What’s on the menu?)

daily eats: 11.11.13

Hello, hello! How is everyone? In shock that its mid-November like me? Good because I’m in major denial. I’m back for a daily eats post, not with any theme…just a healthy day of food. :)

coffee: totally deserves its own food group, no? I had mine with 1/2 & 1/2. I tried to switch back to coconut creamer (to reduce the dairy in my life) but I just can’t. Coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures and I love it so much more with 1/2 & 1/2. So that’s what I drink it with.

Today I got up early (well, the same time I would get up to go to the gym) and instead of working out, I got ready and went to Starbucks instead. It saves me time on the commute and gives me an opportunity to write, work on the blog and create other content, it’s such a nice way to start the day.

breakfast: protein pancakes + maple syrup + creamy nutzo. This was the first time trying the banana hazelnut flavor of flapjacked protein pancakes – SO good.

lunch: chicken shawarma + greek salad (lettuce + cucumber + tomato +  feta + olives + olive oil + red wine vinegar + oregano). The shawarma recipe, though slightly involved, didn’t take too much time and was delicious. I would recommend it!

Normally I get really snacky in the afternoon, but I spent the afternoon at the doctors office so I wasn’t able to think too much about food. I did however have a smoothie prepared and ready to go. :)

snack: smoothie (vanilla tera’s whey + 1/2 banana + 1 cup frozen berries + 1 cup almond coconut milk) 

workout: now that I’m no longer training for my half marathon, I’ve pretty much stopped running. I think I’ll get back into it, but I’ve been looking forward to mixing it up again. I was still sore from two rounds of the 7-Minute Workout on Saturday (a good indication I need more lunges, squats and triceps dips in my life) so I kept it easy with 25 minutes elliptical + 25 minutes incline walking on the treadmill.

dinner: per usual, I changed our dinner schedule this week. It never fails! Steak + veggies was on the menu, but we ended up with Chipotle. I had a chicken salad + fajita veggies + salsa + greek yogurt (for sour cream) with some chips + guacamole.

dessert: two dark chocolate peanut butter cups

approximate nutrition stats: 1,750 calories, 82 grams fat (41%), 135 grams carbohydrates (30%), 28 grams fiber, 70 grams sugar, 130 grams protein (29%)

Thinking about those in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan – the destruction is heartwrenching. Give something if you can, they need it. 

five foods nutritionists eat every day

{I apologize if this is a duplicate in your feed – technical difficulties!}

Most of us, no matter how varied our diet is, eat some of the same foods every single day. (I, for example, eat a LOT of eggs!) So I reached out to some of my favorite Dietitians and Nutritionists to find out what they’re eating every day! Their answers aren’t necessarily surprising, but I love the ideas on how to incorporate these foods into your diet. (It’s time to stock up on greek yogurt!)

 

Plain nonfat Greek yogurt is my go-to food. I eat it with fruits and nuts for breakfast, use it to make dips for veggies, and stir it with various mix-ins like shredded coconut and honey or peanut butter and jelly, to make dessert. It’s a great source of calcium and protein, and at 100 calories per serving, it’s a real calorie bargain too!

Samantha B. Cassetty, MS, RD
Nutrition Director, Good Housekeeping Research Institute
@nutritionistsam

 

Cruciferous vegetables. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, bok choy, Brussels sprouts – I eat at least one of these veggies every day. Along with their vitamin and mineral content, they are loaded with phytonutrients that are known cancer-fighters. I like to use them in cooking because they hold up well in vegetable stir-fries, on pizzas and in pasta. They also add a great crunch to salads. The best part about these veggies is that they are fall, winter and spring crops so when fresh summer produce is scarce they are almost always available.

Lori Rice, MS
Nutritionist & Freelance Writer
fakefoodfree.com

 

Since I eat a mostly plant-based diet, I rely on plant proteins every single day. At least one meal a day I feast on beans or lentils. Sometimes I sprinkle chickpeas on my salad, other times I have a pinto bean burrito with veggies for lunch, or I will make a thick bean stew for dinner.  They supply me with protein, as well as slow-burning carbs, vitamins, minerals and lots of fiber.

Sharon Palmer, RD
sharonpalmer.com

 

I definitely believe that everyone needs a varied diet and that you shouldn’t focus on just one particular food or food group, but my day just doesn’t feel complete if I don’t eat some kind of fresh leafy green. There is just something about eating a nice cold salad that makes me feel so good and healthy inside. Whether it consists of romaine lettuce, kale or mixed greens, a fresh salad is something I strive to include in my diet every day.

Ben Troung, RD

 

It’s hard to pinpoint one single food that I eat every day (other than my desperately-needed morning cup of coffee), but if I had to choose one, I’d pick low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt – and for many reasons. For starters, it satisfies my sweet tooth without packing on unhealthy fat and calories and it’s a great source of protein and calcium. I often layer it with fresh fruit, toasted nuts, and whole grain cereal (AKA, parfait style). Greek yogurt is filling because it has double the protein of regular yogurt, and it has a rich and creamy texture which I love. I use it as a mayonnaise replacement in recipes like chicken salad, add it to fruit smoothies, and use it in baked goods like muffins and quick breads. It hits the spot!

Liz Weiss, MS, RD
Founder, Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen
Author, No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms
Co-creator of new recipe app, Meal Makeovers

 

What foods do you eat every day? 

 

daily eats: 9.22.13 {weekend edition}

If you were to solely read my daily eats posts, you might think I eat really healthy. All the time.

But it’s not necessarily the whole story. Sure, I love kale, salads and green juice but I also LOVE and I mean LOVE cheeseburgers. And pizza. And ramen. And obviously cheese. (If you follow me on instagram you might see some of these fun meals!) So my typical “daily eats” posts might not necessarily be so typical. It’s also worth noting that they are usually done on Mondays, which is usually a pretty “healthy” day for me in terms of meals and exercise – but not all days are that “healthy.”

So for this daily eats post, I wanted to give you a glimpse of a not-so-healthy day. A day where I may have had too much wine the night before. A day where I don’t exercise. A day where the only vegetable I eat might be a pickle. A lovely, lazy day. :)

workout: uhhh, what?! Saturday night was a late (and ahem, fun) night at my cousin’s 50th Birthday Party. But yeah, working out was not on the agenda. By the way, I think they say 50 is the new 40, but I think 50 is the new 30.

breakfast: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2 with a side of napping and the Packers game. DD has a new “bakery line” and while I didn’t care for the caramel coffee cake (or whatever flavor it was) the old fashioned donut is pretty good. Love Dunkin.

snack: amy’s nacho snacks + salsa. I told Richie these would be better if they were smothered in cheese and dipped in beans. The fillings were seriously lacking.

late lunch: mexican coke + an IPA + a pickle plate + truffle fries + cheesy tots + burgers at Umami Burger. We roamed around The Grove after lunch to find new covers for our phones with no luck. Where do you buy iphone covers?

dinner: fresh spring rolls + steak bun. I needed summer rolls on Sunday night (I’ve told you before that when I get a craving, nothing else will satisfy) so we grabbed some Vietnamese in our neighborhood for dinner. Yes, I’m addicted to eating out. Please send help.

So there you have it. Sometimes those “lazy” days are just what you need…and I actually got a few vegetables in!