Happy Summer Solstice! I can’t believe its mid summer already, I’m hoping that the weather will improve for the remainder of the summer!
Of course as its Wednesday that means only one thing, WIAW ! If you haven’t come across this before its basically a big link up of healthy living bloggers posting a full day of eats. I love doing it as it reminds me of what my blog originally was – a food diary. I also like to be able to look back and see how I was eating plus I’m a noisy cow and like seeing what everyone else eats!
These are my meals and snacks on Monday. I had the usual warm water with a squeeze of lemon, foam rolled and then headed off to the gym. I did my full body strength workout followed by some high intensity intervals on the step machine and bike. I really do love that workout, I’ve been getting some serious DOMS after it! I was in and out of the gym in just under an hour, then home to get showered and have breakfast:
I made a green smoothie with romaine, frozen apricots, frozen strawberries, vanilla sun warrior protein powder , ground flax, maca powder, ice and water and then topped with some Dorset Cereals High Fibre Flakes - don’t forget to check out my Dorset Cereals Giveaway ! I also had a fruity green tea:
I don’t usually fancy fruity teas but I because the smoothie was quite fruity I thought they would work well together.
Finally we had a little bit of sun on Monday so I took the opportunity to wear my favourite sandals without getting soaking wet feet:
OOTD: necklace: New Look, basic grey tee: H&M, cropped trousers: Topshop, metallic sandals: Next, bracelets: various
I’d packed myself a lovely lunch to eat at work:
A bowl of my raw carrot and coconut soup and a brand new recipe to be shared soon – cherry rice salad! The soup was so simple to whip up in my blender at the weekend, it took just minutes. The cherry rice salad is so full of flavour, I can’t wait to share the recipe! It was a lovely meal but a bit lacking in protein so I was hungrier than usual for my afternoon snack:
A large sliced red pepper, pink lady apple and sunbutter for dipping. Oh my god that stuff is heavenly. The last jar I bought was just plain sunflower seed butter but this is the stuff with a bit of naughty added sugar and its gorgeous!
On my way home from work I stopped for a few essentials:
Courgettes, hummus, lemons, reduced organic spinach, broccoli, cucumbers and strawberries. Delish! I used the broccoli in my Buddha bowl for dinner:
I cooked some quinoa and added frozen soya beans and roast kabocha squash then dumped on top of steamed broccoli and spring greens. I added a bit of fresh parsley and shoyu on top. So good although I think anything with kabocha tastes wonderful!
After cleaning up the dinner dishes I made myself a sweet and salty treat:
Montezuma’s dark chocolate buttons and pretzels, you can’t get much better than that! I snacked on those then went and picked up James from work. When I got back I made a big bowl of raw protein ‘ice cream’ with mixed frozen berries, vanilla sun warrior, crushed ice, water and a pinch of xanthan gum. I topped it with a few cacao nibs:
I’ve been eating bowls like this almost every night! Can’t get enough :-)
I’ve found that I’ve settled into a nice pattern with my meals and snacks recently. I tend to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks in between (unless I’ve eaten breakfast later after a morning workout as was the case on Monday, then I skip the morning snack), a small ‘dessert’ shortly after dinner and then an evening snack which has tended to be a smoothie or protein ice cream. Its working really well at keeping my energy levels up and my weight staple - I’ve made a conscious effort to increase calories now that I’m running more, and seeing as I quite like eating, this suits me perfectly!
I’ve also found that I don’t mind repeating meals and snacks – I think in the past I used to have a ‘thing’ about making sure I had a lot of variety but at the moment I have a few similar type meals on repeat that just hit the spot.
Do you have a regular eating ‘pattern’? Are there any meals or snacks that are on repeat for you right now?