Soooo – if you hadn’t noticed by now, my blogging has slowed down quite a bit lately. Not because I don’t love this blog anymore (quite the opposite, I’m VERY fond of this little ‘home’ of mine…), but because I try to always blog with intention. I don’t like throwing posts up there just because I haven’t posted in xyz days. I try to only blog when I truly have something to say. And well, I guess I’ve just had less to say lately – or I’ve been too busy in my ‘real life’ to jot my thoughts down over here.
ANYWAY. I sent a quick little tweet out yesterday, sort of just thinking out loud (but via tweet, ha):
Jess Sutera @JessFit654
Itching to blog but nothing is grabbing me this week. How is this possible? Big time writer’s block over here #helpme #talkingtomyself
And I promptly got the following response from one of my longest time blog buddies, Naomi:
Huh. That’s kind of a good point, actually. I haven’t done a ‘Foodie Friday’ post in ages *and* I actually get this question pretty often, mainly from clients at the studio who are looking for healthy food swaps and such.
So here we go – a day in the life of me – foodie style. 😉
A typical weekday might look something like this for me:
7:00-8:00am: Get ready for work, grab my lunch bag and laptop bag (and gym bag if I’m teaching that night) and off to work I go. (well – *after* I stop at Starbucks for a venti coffee with whole milk, that is!)
(note I tend to hold off on breakfast until I get to the office. I realize that this is not ideal for some of you, but somehow I’ve ‘trained’ my body to hang on tight until I can get to work to eat a proper breakfast. If I’m teaching a double in the morning, though – I will eat a little something beforehand – usually it’s a Lindsay Cotter Healthy Bite and a bit of coffee!)
9:00-ish: Heat up my oatmeal in the kitchen at work. My oatmeal bowl is almost always the same during the work week: ½ cup irish oatmeal, 1 cup water and cinnamon sprinkled on top. When I reheat it, I add a splash or two of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Then I stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter (mmm) and either sliced banana on top or chopped apple (that I cook the night prior, too) stirred in.
(and yes, my oatmeal is portable — I make it the night prior and reheat it at work, that lower left hand shot is proof! Plus, it reminded me that Love Grown Foods granola on top is an AWESOME way to jazz up your oatmeal, just sayin’)
12:00 – 1:00pm: I try VERY hard to wait until 12:30 to eat my lunch but sometimes I eat earlier than that – or later if I have a meeting – but my mid-week lunch itself is typically some version of a wrap with either fresh fruit on the side or baby carrots/veggies and hummus on the side.
My wraps tend to include: Flatout wrap, a smear of laughing cow cheese (and/or mustard), fresh spinach or mixed greens and deli ham or turkey. Sometimes I’ll make egg or tuna salad (made with Chobani plain greek yogurt in lieu of mayo) if I’m feeling particularly ambitious the night prior.
On the side I’ve been all about fresh fruit sliced up OR if we’re talking about this week? I’ve been obsesssssed with the buffalo-style hummus (ala Spabettie!) I made over the weekend with baby carrots on the side. Note – if you make this (which you MUST!), it gets spicier as the week goes on. Fun, right?
3:00-4:00pm: snack time! This can vary – lately it’s been Chobani banana, mango, pineapple or strawberry-banana greek yogurt (on a big yogurt kick!). Other snack options for me tend to include: an apple paired with string cheese, or cottage cheese and fresh berries, or a Healthy Bite and some fruit (orange, apple, pear, clementine).
6:30-7:30pm-ish: Dinnertime varies from day-to-day depending on if I’m teaching at night or not. But WHAT I tend to eat is actually not all that varied (which is making me think I ought to switch it up more, but I get lazy and tend to revert back to my good ‘ol stand-bys so easily!).
Typical mid-week dinners:
- A giant salad with grilled chicken that I either toss in buffalo sauce and pair with greek yogurt (spiked with lemon juice, salt and pepper) as my ‘salad dressing’ or I’ll add the grilled chicken with chopped apple and my favorite Trader Joe’s champagne vinegrette or I’ll make it a fajita-style salad with sautéed peppers and onions and salsa as my dressing. These three salads have been in HEAVY rotation lately.
- Otherwise – our dinners tend to involve grilled chicken breast or boneless pork chops with a steamed or roasted veggie and a salad (sometimes with fresh bread from the grocery bakery) or sometimes we’ll get really crazy and make chicken (or shrimp) curry over rice (or over spinach which I’ve been doing a lot of lately).
- If we’re feeling extra adventurous we’ll go for something fun like chicken or shrimp lettuce wraps with potstickers (Trader Joe’s makes really good ones!) on the side. Side note: I find that we tend to eat more fish in the summer, I tend to crave lighter proteins in summer when it’s hot out.
- And if we’re doing a date night style dinner (mid-week or weekend) we are both HUGE fans of grilled filet mignon with roasted asparagus and salad.
SO hmm – the theme here? Some sort of protein + a veggie + salad = the Sutera standby meal. <–HA!
(and funny — I don’t take many dinner pics, weird huh?? Didn’t realize it until I went hunting for pics for this post…)
8:00-9:00pm: If it’s date night (um hi, winesday anyone?) there will be wine involved. And usually a Dove promise (looove these), too.
Orrrr, if it’s a regular old night, I might go for some banana-strawberry ‘fro-yo’ (frozen banana, frozen strawberries, food processor it up, add some pb or cocoa powder and bam, instant dessert) or edy’s slow-churned vanilla or chocolate single-serve frozen yogurt. OR I might make lowfat ‘cupcakes’ out of any old cake mix that I stir canned pumpkin into and bake into little cupcakes. Warm one of those suckers in the microwave with a teaspoon of peanut butter or nutella and you have a SUPER yummy dessert for around 130-150 calories. The.Best. Yep, I’m one of those that always craves a little something sweet after dinner. And this works for me. Ohhhhh does it work for me. 😉
Holy wow – I guess I had a lot to say on this topic. I hope you stuck with me through all of this!! And now I’m curious to see what your ‘day in the life – foodie style’ looks like!! #nosy #foodlovah #happyfoodiefriday