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!

daily eats: 8.5.13 {bikini edition}

So. I’m leaving for Jamaica this week. And like most, I vainly want to look good in my bikini uniform that I plan on wearing the entire trip. So what do I do when I’m looking to lose a few pounds/flatten my belly?

  • Bump up the workouts a bit
  • Decrease the refined carbs and flour
  • Build meals mainly around protein and vegetables

Because eating out is one of my obsessions/favorite things to do, I planned a few healthy dinners out at Chop Stop, Malibu Fish Grill and Chipotle which helped to break up the protein + vegetable dinners. I haven’t lost any weight but I think my stomach is a little flatter…

workout: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes walking hills on the treadmill

coffee: dunkin donuts hazelnut k-cup (Why aren’t they available to buy online?! My Mom had to ship from WI.) + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: flapjacked protein pancakes. I’ve mentioned these before, and I’m still loving them. I top mine with a touch of maple syrup + almond butter.

coffee 2: I’ve started an unfortunate cold-pressed iced coffee concentrate obsession. It’s another expensive habit that I really don’t need…but it’s fun. And delicious.  I mix a  few ounces concentrate + 1/3 cup 2% milk + splash of 1/2 & 1/2.

lunch: salad with chicken. I topped a bunch of salad greens with mushrooms + shredded carrots + tomatoes + sunflower seeds + dried cranberries + roasted chicken (side note: I tried the roasted, sliced chicken from trader joe’s – totally paying for convenience but I’m a fan) and a blue-cheese vinaigrette.

snack: carrots + cheese stick + almonds that I didn’t end up eating

walk: I was planning on a quick barre3 workout when I got home, but I ended up chatting on the phone, not getting on the bus and walking home from work. Four slow miles.

dinner: I annoy myself with dinners sometimes. Ok, a lot. I always have things planned and then I change my mind. Tonight was supposed to be chicken + cucumber noodles with a peanut sauce. I didn’t want that and decided meatballs sounded good. Then I realized the marinara sauce had mold and I had no canned tomatoes (another side note: who doesn’t have any canned tomatoes?!) so I settled for turkey meatballs with a bit of parmesan + kale & chard sauteed in ghee + sauteed grape tomatoes.

Oh, and a splash of wine!

dessert: one square dark chocolate

approximate nutrition stats: 1,712 calories, 80 grams fat (41%), 146 grams carbohydrates (33%), 38 grams fiber, 51 grams sugar, 115 grams protein (26%)

See you back in LA! I’ll probably be instagramming up a storm…I apologize in advance. :)