Monday, 16 February 2015

My Week of Eats

Happy Monday! I'm just sharing my eats from last week, but if you've been checking out my blog semi-regularly, you probably already knew that was going to be the case.  As usual, my week days are pretty repetitive, although this week I made a batch of vegetable pancakes on Tuesday night, so I was having them for lunch for the rest of the week.  That was a good way to mix it up!  But porridge continued to me my staple breakfast.  Valentine's Day meant there was a couple more sweet treats than normal.  And they were totally worth it!

As always, I won't describe every single thing I ate.  I just keep it to the meals and other highlights.

Eats


Monday

 

  • Breakfast: Porridge of oats, oat bran, quinoa flakes, chia seeds, linseed, mixed spice, with blueberries and milk.  Skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch: Salad of lettuce, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, chickpeas, corn, avocado and tuna.
  • Snack: Large skinny cappuccino.
  • Dinner: Lite'n'Easy beef stroganoff.
I started my week off as I often do - with porridge, coffee and tuna salad.  I got home a bit late, so I just heated up a Lite'n'Easy meal.  I've had them sitting there for awhile, and the real aim was to clean out the freezer to make some extra space.


Tuesday

 
  • Breakfast: Porridge of oats, oat bran, quinoa flakes, chia seeds, linseed, mixed spice, with blueberries and milk.  Skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch: Salad of lettuce, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, chickpeas, corn, avocado and tuna.  Vegie juice with kale, spinach, apple, celery, and mint.
  • Snack: Large skinny cappuccino.
  • Dinner: Homemade vegetable pancakes with carrot, sweet potato, potato, zucchini, corn, and peas.
My work eating was a repeat of Monday, although I was obviously really wanting vegies because I also had a craving for a green juice.  When I got home I cooked up a big batch of vegetable pancakes.  They are really easy, especially with a food processor to grate all the vegies, but they do take awhile to pan fry.  I ate a couple for dinner while I worked my way through cooking the batch.

Wednesday

 
 
  • Breakfast: Porridge of oats, oat bran, quinoa flakes, chia seeds, linseed, mixed spice, with figs and milk.  Skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch: Homemade vegetable pancakes with carrot, sweet potato, potato, zucchini, corn, and peas.
  • Snack: Small Greek yoghurt.
  • Dinner: Leftover tuna curry casserole, with quinoa and rice.
Another morning of porridge, although I found my first figs of the season, and I was SUPER excited to add them to my brew!  They did curdle the milk a little though.  I still ate it.  I brought some vegie pancakes for lunch - so easy.  Then more leftovers for dinner - I swear this tuna curry gets better the longer it sits. Yum!

Thursday

 
  • Breakfast:  Porridge of oats, oat bran, quinoa flakes, chia seeds, linseed, mixed spice, with figs and milk.  Skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch:  Homemade vegetable pancakes with carrot, sweet potato, potato, zucchini, corn, and peas.
  • Snack: Large skinny cappuccino.
  • Dinner: Lite'n'Easy fish, potato wedges and corn, carrot and beans.
More porridge with figs, and vegie pancakes to be the foundation of my day.  I needed a second coffee in the afternoon - which has been happening a lot lately.  It's not a caffeine craving, more just enjoying a warm, filling milk drink.  Dinner was again about cleaning out the freezer. I'm getting there!

Friday

 
  • Breakfast: Skinny cappuccino, multigrain toast with butter and vegemite, smoothie of strawberries, banana, goji, chia, coconut and pineapple.
  • Lunch: Homemade vegetable pancakes with carrot, sweet potato, potato, zucchini, corn, and peas.
  • Snack: Large skinny cappuccino.
  • Dinner: Mexican burger with multigrain bun, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mayonnaise, cheese, beetroot and onion.
I splurged on a breakfast at Kinfolk, and had was is becoming a regular occurrence - coffee, toast with vegemite, and a smoothie of the day.  More vegie pancakes for lunch, and the what ended up being a Mexican burger for dinner, but that was Plan B - we really wanted sushi, but I missed the good selection on my way home.

Saturday

 
 

  • Breakfast: Poached eggs on wholemeal muffin, with short macchiato.
  • Lunch: Nandos Mediterranean salad, with chicken, feta, olives, lettuce, capsicum, tomato, carrot, onion and cucumber.
  • Snack: Frozen yoghurt - too much coconut, salted caramel pecan, and caramel macchiato.
  • Dinner: Homemade heart pizza, with salami, pineapple, capsicum, onion, olives and cheese. I had three slices.
  • Snack: Homemade brownie with whipped cream.
Valentine's Day!  And I ate like it.  I didn't run, so I could take some time over breakfast.  Lunch was a new to me salad from Nando's, and I'll definitely go for it again if I'm trying to minimise the carbs.  Seeing a movie meant froyo was a necessity.  I like making homemade pizza - in this case, heart shaped.  And I had to let my husband know I loved him by appealing to his stomach - chocolate brownies for the win!

Sunday

 
  • Breakfast: Smoothie of oats, protein powder, chia seeds, linseed, figs, frozen blueberries, spinach and milk.  With a wholemeal muffin with half honey, half vegemite, and short macchiato.
  • Lunch: Three sushi rolls - avocado, teriyaki chicken and cooked tuna.
  • Snack: Raw nuts, and punnet of blackberries.
  • Dinner: Asian salmon with cous cous salad and pan fried asparagus.
After my 23km run, I was all about refueling, and so I had a pretty big breakfast.  It was a warm day, so sushi was the lunch of choice.  I had a snack of raw nuts and some blackberries in the arvo to placate the hunger beast.  Dinner was salmon that had to be used before it passed it's BB date.  I'm not complaining!  I was really thirsty all day, and totally felt like I was downing water all day.  I guess I needed it!

Thoughts


I had a pretty normal week of eats, mostly meat free because that was something Gareth wanted to do. I enjoyed switching up my lunch with vegie pancakes, but I think next time I'll think of a way to easily add more protein - it didn't keep me as full as normal.

Saturday was all about sweet treats with my sweet, but it was the only splurge of the week. I enjoyed both the frozen yoghurt (although my eyes were slightly bigger than my stomach!), and the homemade brownies.  Nothing especially healthy about either of them, but they were good for the soul.

I've started getting into the habit of buying a second coffee mid afternoon.  I don't mind too much from a diet point of view - it's basically my afternoon snack, but to be honest, the cost adds up doing that everyday for a week!  I need to come up with an alternative that is cheaper.

Next Week


I'm still trying to generally be sugar free in my diet, and my aim will be to keep that up all week - including the weekend.  Saturday movie night without a sweet treat will be the challenge!

I'm feeling a bit uninspired with my dinner options lately, so I might try to find a few easy, quick recipes to try during the week.  Also, leftovers are becoming a great option for lunch - I will try to make sure I have something interesting to take to work, even if the base is still a salad.


Did you eat differently on Valentine's Day?  What was your favourite treat of the week?  What is your 'normal' lunch?


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