Happy WIAW! Time for another full day of eats.
*These eats are from Monday. FYI, on Monday I should have gone to the grocery store on Saturday, which is why there is a serious lack of fruit and veggies! I blame the snow storm. However, I have two condensed recipes I threw together to share, since lack of groceries often ignites creativity!
Today I thought it would be interesting to share with you the why and what behind the # of times I eat. Some of us are grazers. Some of us like three solid meals. Some of us like lots of snacks. Some of us forget to eat (still don’t quite understand that one…). We are all different, with different schedules and different eating routines or “nourish routines”. Here’s a look into mine:
Breakfast: simple pancake made with 1/3 cup oats, 1 large egg, ~1/4 tsp baking powder, and cinnamon. PB&J for topping. Standard two cups of coffee and piece of 85% dark chocolate.
Breakfast usually happens as soon as I wake up. It’s been my a.m. routine for years and I think it helps me to be more productive. If I tried to workout on an empty stomach I’d be miserable and if I went to work without having a cup coffee first I’d probably show up with my hair un-brushed.
I enjoy my breakfast by the computer with a cup coffee. Afterwards, I nurse another cup (but don’t always finish it) while either completing school work or reading blogs.
Snack: banana oat square
*I had two bananas that badly needed to be used up, so I threw together some ingredients on the fly. They turned out very good and not too sweet. Perfect for a snack.
Banana oat squares recipe: In a blender or food processor, blend together 1.5 cup oats, 2 very ripe bananas, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 tbsp cocoa, 1/3 cup almond milk. Pour in greased 8×8 dish and cook for 15-20 minutes. Makes 9 squares.
When I am at work, it is around 10 am that I find my stomach growling and my attention span waning. Since my lunch break isn’t until 12:3, I like to have a snack on hand so I don’t end up buying something or just eating out of the candy jar.
Lunch: leftover chili (I used green beans in place of a second can of beans to make it more easily to digest.) Saltines and cheddar. Plus an unpictured orange.
Lunch is usually brief, because I am covering the phones during that time. It’s probably fair to say that I am not exactly a mindful eater during lunch. Lunch is usually either leftovers or random things thrown together that wouldn’t pass as a meal to Terry.
Snack: Luna bar (my favorite variety)
I usually have a snack during my afternoon class or after a work out. It’s usually something on the smaller side, since I’ll be having dinner soon. I’ve found that having a snack in the afternoon helps me to stay focused during class rather than thinking about my next meal.
Dinner: sweet potato gnocchi (pre-packaged), pea sauce, and chicken sausage.
Pea sauce recipe: in a little oil, saute a chopped onion and 2 tsp minced garlic until the onions are translucent. Add 3/4 cup peas (I used frozen), 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup almond milk, dashes of sage, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper and cook until peas are thawed. Place in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Beautiful color and with a wonderful herb-y flavor.
No matter how tired I am, I almost always enjoy coming home to cook dinner for Terry and I. It is my way of decompressing and it’s just fun! The meal is usually enjoyed together, as long as class or work don’t interfere. Dinner this particular evening was spent at the computer while I participated in a virtual seminar class.
Snack: 2 mini cinnamon rolls leftover from the weekend with a glass of almond milk.
Evening snacks aren’t always necessary for hunger reasons, although I do have a hard time falling asleep hungry. I enjoy ending my night with a cold glass of almond milk and something sweet or nutty. Sometimes it’s something simple like peanut butter toast or yogurt, but other times I happen to have the real deal on hand ;).
For some, eating six times a day may seem like a lot. Others may see it as normal or even less than normal. I have some friends who stick with three solid meals a day and some who basically snack their way through the day. It’s important to be attune to your needs- do you feel energetic? how is your attention span? do you have hunger pains or headaches? It’s easy to compare ourselves to others, but really it often comes down to what works best for us. Obviously there are cases of both over and under eating, but for most, the way you space your meals out is dependent on your needs and what is convenient.
So you tell me…
Do you have a typical “eating routine”?