Monday, 23 March 2015

My (Birthday) Week of Eats

It was my birthday in the middle of the week, and I used that as a bit of excuse to eat like it was my birthday every day.  My only consolidation is that now I no longer have an excuse to continue eating like that, because it's not my birthday week any more.  But ... I enjoyed it all!

As always, I don't detail every single thing I ate during the week - just the meals and highlights.

PS. Sorry for forgetting to take pics of some of my meals ... just one of those weeks!

Eats


Monday



  • Breakfast: Almond milk and banana smoothie, multigrain toast with butter and vegemite, large skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch: Tuna salad with snow peas, tomatoes, corn, beans, celery, and tuna.
  • Dinner:  Three kangaroo sausages, with steamed vegetables (carrot, zucchini, snow peas annd onion), and corn on the cob.


Tuesday

  • Breakfast:  Almond milk and banana smoothie, multigrain toast with butter and vegemite, large skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch: Whole wheat pizza sub with the works. diet Coke.
  • Dinner:  Two poached eggs on a slice of toast, with a vegetable burger.



Wednesday



  • Breakfast:  Almond milk, peanut butter and banana smoothie, multigrain toast with butter and vegemite, large skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch:  Basil, sun dried tomato and mozzarella omelette with rocket salad.
  • Dinner:  Berbecued salmon and corn on the cob, with brussel sprout salad.
  • Snack:  slice of hummingbird cake with cream.

Thursday


  • Breakfast:  Short mcchiato, with smashed avocado and a poached egg on a slice of multigrain toast.
  • Lunch:  Two cabbage based rice paper rolls - barramundi and chicken, and green smoothie of peaches, banana, almond milk, dates, nutmeg and spinach.
  • Dinner:  Two kangaroo sausages with steamed vegetables (capsicum, carrot, zucchini and onion) and corn on the cob.

Friday

  • Breakfast:  Almond milk, peanut butter and banana smoothie, multigrain toast with butter and vegemite, large skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch:  Three cabbage based rice paper rolls - barramundi, tofu and chicken, and green smoothie of peaches, banana, almond milk, dates, nutmeg and spinach.
  • Dinner:  Chicken burrito with whole wheat tortilla, black beans, rice, tomato salsa, onion, capsicum, cheese, sour cream and avocado.
  • Snack: Slice of Hummingbird cake with cream.

Saturday

  • Breakfast:  Smoothie of oat bran, linseed, chia seeds, cinnamon, protein powder, frozen mixed berries, bok choy leaves and milk.  Hot cross bun with butter.  Short macchiato.
  • Lunch:  Three slices of pizza - 2 x volcano (mostly chili!), 1 x meat lovers gluten free.  Small serving of asparagus salad.
  • Dinner:  Chinese takeaway - spring roll, Singapore noodles, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, chicken and corn soup.

Sunday


  • Breakfast:  Slice of wholemeal toast with butter and honey, espresso (pre-race).
  • Lunch:  Skinny cappuccino, avocado and quinoa tabbouleh with feta, tomatoes, and two poached eggs on rye.
  • Snack:  Grapes.
  • Dinner:  Leftover Chinese takeaway - Singapore noodles, fried rice, and sweet and sour chicken.

Thoughts


I was a bit ... generous about my food this week.  As you can see, I didn't go too crazy (ie. I wasn't stuffing my face with McDonald's burgers), but I did buy a lot more food than I would have liked.  The plus is that I think this intuitive eating thing is sinking in!  I was definitely choosing (mostly) what I consider healthy, real food.  But there were also a couple of celebratory meals, which I enjoyed (a LOT), but wouldn't make a regularly part of my diet.

Thankfully, it's only my birthday once a year!  So I chose to enjoy it :)

I will also say that it really really helped doing some Sunday prep!  Just cutting up some vegetables and having them sitting in the fridge made it much easier to through together a simple meal after work.  I'm going to do that again this week!  And hopefully make it a regular part of my week.


Next week


My primary goal is to get back to home brought meals for work, and dinners focussed on vegetables and protein.  As yummy as this week was, my wallet was not happy.  No regrets, just time to get back on track.

I will be travelling for work at the back end of this week, so my aim will just to be to make smart meal choices while I'm away.  Although, I'm a sucker for plane food (I'm weird that way).


Do you have a birth day, or do you stretch it into a birthday week / month?  What is your must have birthday food?

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