Welcome to this week’s edition of what a nutritionist eats in a day. I am really loving sharing with you my meals just as they are and hopefully they are giving you some inspiration to get creative in the kitchen too. I am thinking I should break this series up and show you what I eat on the weekend too so you can see a more balanced viewpoint and approach.
So I woke up around 7:30 and got ready for my HIIT session. I didn’t want to make the same mistake I did last week and have too much liquids before my workout as the cardio and a tummy full of liquids doesn’t work very well for me. So I had some lemon water when I got up, but not a huge glass, just a small one and then did my workout. After my workout, I was super sweaty and immediately went to go shower and then I made my smoothie.
This one was really good, I combined the following: coconut milk, spinach, mixed frozen berries, a chocolate protein powder made specifically for post workout (the sport one), a scoop of almond butter and a dose of ground schisandra berries. I have been loving adding this adaptogenic herb to my smoothies, it is meant to help with adrenals (stress), supports the liver, helps with concentration, increases sexual function and is great for skin and hair health as well. When I take it, I notice a difference in how I feel as well, which I haven’t experienced with a lot of other herbs before.
This smoothie made two glasses full, so I felt pretty good after drinking it and wasn’t hungry again until around 12:30. For lunch, I was craving some comfort food, perhaps it was all the rain that we were getting outside, plus I was strapped for groceries. So, I turned to my all time favourite mac ‘n cheeze, I make this recipe a lot because its so simple and good. It doesn’t take any longer to make than it would KD and I am all about that some days. I have the recipe in my 5 Week Ditch The Diet Program, but mainly it consists of ghee or grassfed/organic butter or extra virgin olive oil, nutritional yeast, turmeric, cayenne and/or chili flakes, sea salt and pepper. I also like adding some raw pumpkin seeds to it as well and sometimes, I will add some parsley on top. Pure bliss this dish!
In the afternoon, I started getting hungry so I made myself an earl grey latte with coconut milk and had a slice of banana bread. This banana bread is made gluten free and with lots of almond butter and chocolate chips and is so good, I will be adding it on the blog soon! I like adding a pinch of cinnamon on top of my latte as well.
For dinner, because I had no groceries, I went out with Sam to get some and didn’t eat until pretty late, around 8pm which is not ideal for me. Because it was so late and I like going to bed at 10, I wanted to keep it light. So I made a mixed green salad with tuna, hard boiled eggs (added after the picture was taken), tomatoes, a pre-roasted beet (chopped), onion and a simple mustard-balsamic vinaigrette. I liked it so much, I made extra dressing and packed the same meal for my lunch the next day. Sorry for the terrible lighting, but such is life when you eat your dinner at 8pm!
I really have to get better with my own meal prep, by having roasted veggies and simple grains pre-cooked so that I can throw together some meals. It really will save me a lot of time and money (from eating out), but it can be hard to find the motivation sometimes.
Do you meal prep on a consistent basis? What helps get you motivated?