Monday, 26 January 2015

My Week of Eats

The Australia Day long weekend just brought another reason to eat ... ah, I mean celebrate! I had a pretty standard week of eats, and actually tried to replace some carbs with more salads.  I think it worked for me!

As always, I don't disclose everything I eat - just the main meals and some highlights.

Eats


Monday





  • Breakfast: Porridge of amaranth puffs, oats, quinoa flakes, linseed, chia seeds, currants, cinnamon, with a diced nectarine and milk. White coffee
  • Lunch:  Tuna rice salad with brown rice, avocado, tomato, sugarsnap peas, corn, chickpeas, and small can of tuna with chili
  • Dinner: Angus beef hamburger on a burger bun, with avocado, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, beetroot, cheese and tomato sauce.  A couple of vegetable dumplings on the side
As always, it's good to get into some of my normal meals after the weekend.  Porridge and tuna rice salad for the win!  If we buy hamburgers, we try to get really good quality, and Angus beef is some of the best around. We also cook them on the George Foreman grill, which drains away some of the residual fat.  Then, I'm all about going crazy with the salad toppings.


Tuesday


 
 

  • Breakfast:  Two poached eggs on sourdough, with tomato, spinach and avocado.  Skinny cappucino
  • Lunch:  Tuna rice salad with brown rice, avocado, tomato, sugarsnap peas, corn, chickpeas, and small can of tuna
  • Dinner:  Leftover beef mince chow mein
Tuesday morning I had an early appointment at the other end of the CBD, so I headed to a little cafe I know for eggs and coffee before hand.  It was pretty good.  I usually just eat one piece of toast, but go to town on the vegies. Win win!   Lunch was another round of tuna rice salad, and then leftovers of chow mein for dinner.  Easy!

Wednesday




  • Breakfast:  Porridge of amaranth puffs, oats, quinoa flakes, linseed, chia seeds, currants, cinnamon, with a diced nectarine and milk. White coffee
  • Lunch:  Three Roll'd rice paper rolls - omelette, barramundi and chicken
  • Dinner:  Salmon fillet grilled on the bbq, on a bed of lettuce, tomato, onion, chickpeas and pine nuts, with grilled asparagus and brussel spouts
After my standard breakfast of porridge, I treated myself to lunch at Roll'd.  Well, I forgot to bring in an avocado from home for my normal tuna rice salad.  So that was as good of an excuse as any!  I love how fresh the Roll'd rice paper rolls always taste. Then Gareth made a simple but delicious glaze for the salmon (chili, garlic and soy), and cooked the fillets on the bbq.  AMAZING! Topping a big salad and some grilled vegies = delicious and healthy dinner.

Thursday




  • Breakfast:  Coconut milk chia pudding with coconut and grilled pineapple.  Skinny cappucino.
  • Snack: Greek yoghurt
  • Lunch:  Tuna rice salad with brown rice, avocado, tomato, sugarsnap peas, corn, chickpeas, and small can of tuna
  • Dinner: Grilled chicken breast fillet on a bed of pan fried broccoli, brussel sprouts, bok choy, chickpeas, onion and garlic
I met a friend out for breakfast, and we ate at Kinfolk, which had a new summer menu.  I tried their chia pudding. It was divine - as always! But because there wasn't really much protein, I got hungry mid morning and had a yoghurt to see me through to lunch. I wasn't feeling 100% - kind of like my body was trying to fight something off, so all I wanted for dinner was a big plate of green.  I pan fried broccoli, brussel sprouts, bok choy, chickpeas and onion and garlic, and topped it with a grilled chicken fillet.  Totally hit the spot.

Friday




  • Breakfast:  Porridge of amaranth puffs, oats, quinoa flakes, linseed, chia seeds, currants, cinnamon, with a diced nectarine and milk. White coffee.
  • Lunch:  Tuna rice salad with brown rice, avocado, tomato, sugarsnap peas, corn, chickpeas, and small can of tuna
  • Dinner:  BBQ chorizo sausages, with green salad and corn on the cob
I had a pretty standard day of eats, and because it was a beautiful day, we had a bbq for dinner.  All pretty basic fare, but absolutely no complaints - it was all good, fresh food.

Saturday





  • Breakfast:  Baked beans on two slices of toast. Short macchiato
  • Lunch:  Egg, spinach, tomato, feta and avocado roti wrap, with skinny cappucino
  • Snack:  Caramel mud cake ice cream in chocolate coated waffle cone
  • Dinner:  Thai takeaway - golden parcel, prawn crackers, Pad Thai, red vegetable curry, beef and broccoli, with rice
I went easy for breakfast and lunch - fairly light choices for me.  Which made me feel no guilt for having ice cream and Thai takeaway later in the day.  I just tried to focus on eating as much as I wanted to be satisfied.  I only got a single scoop of ice cream (it would have been so easy to have a double!), and just one plate of Thai takeaway for dinner, with a little bit of everything to try.

Sunday




  • Breakfast:  Porridge of oats, oat bran, quinoa flakes, linseed, chia seeds, currants and cinnamon, with milk.  Short macchiato
  • Lunch:  Salad of rocket, spinach, onion, tomato, celery, pine nuts, chickpeas and beetroot, with two small lamb chops on the side
  • Snack:  Frozen yoghurt - coconut and salted caramel pecan, with dark chocolate flakes, almonds, strawberries and mini M&Ms
  • Dinner:  Mediterranean potato pancake with olives, sun dried tomato, feta and cheese, with side salad
I had a HUGE bowl of porridge for breakfast after running 15km at the gym.  I had a light lunch about an hour and a half later. I knew we were going to get frozen yoghurt to take into the movie, so I wanted something healthy to stop me from overindulging.  Dinner was at Pancake Parlour, and I haven't been there in years.  The meals were a pretty good size, and I was really impressed that half the plate was a green salad.  I didn't eat the whole pancake, just enough to be satisfied.

Thoughts

I feel like I'm finding a good balance in what I eat.  I try to focus on having protein, some healthy fats, and vegetables with most meals.  If I have carbs (which I'm not against) I try to eat them earlier in the days.  Not always, but mostly.

Being organised with breakfast and lunch really pays off for me.  Although, as you can see, I'm happy to eat out where there's a reason, or I'm catching up with friends, and I enjoy eating yummy food you can get around the Melbourne CBD, but by having planned meals otherwise, I save some money, and I know I'm eating well balanced meals most of the time.  A little bit of planning goes a long way!

I would still say that I should cut out extra snacks, which aren't listed here.  But that would primarily be if I was trying to tone up - I'm not looking to do that at the moment, but in the near future I think I will spend a little bit of time eating really clean.  I am thinking about doing my own version of FebFast - but more about that later.

Next week

I'm really just going to try to do more of the same for the coming week!  Be organised about breakfasts and lunches, make healthy decisions, and minimise my carbs later in the day.

I am noticing my thirst more, which is a good thing!  I am more aware of when I'm thirsty, versus hungry, particularly after I run in the morning.  I'll try to keep hydrating better, so that I don't get to the thirsty stage.

What was your favourite meal this week?  How do you try to have balanced foods?  Do you meal plan?



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