I am in love with food so much that I'm constantly thinking about what I get to eat next---hence one of the reasons I work out so much. ;) I also get excited about discovering new healthy snacks to tide me over between meals, so if you have recommendations, please share them with me--I'd love to get them a try!
Breakfast 7:30 AM
I typically wait to eat breakfast until I get to the office, and it’s usually something from Zedric's Fit With Flavor. I am obsessed with their prepared meals because they have a good selection of foods that are gluten and lactose free, as well as many that are paleo compliant. My two breakfast favorites are the Turkey Picadillo and the Chicken Hash. If I hit the gym before getting to work I will grab a post workout shake that includes coconut milk, a vanilla vegan protein powder, and a mix of strawberries and blueberries.
Mid Morning Snack 8:30 AM
I always a have a KIND bar with me because it’s not good for me to get too hangry! I like these bars because they are easy on my digestive system and are carried at stores like HEB, Walgreens, and Target. My go-to flavors are Almond, Coconut with Dark Chocolate, and Vanilla Blueberry.
Mid Morning Snack #2 10:45 AM
By 10:45AM I’m getting the pre lunch cravings. Time for my second snack: freshly ground almond butter on a banana or apple slices. It is a good combination of sweet and salty that holds me over until lunch.
Lunch NOON (ish)
I usually stay at the office for lunch and eat the delicious Steak w/ Sweet Potato Hash from, wait for it…. Zedrics. I'll let you in on a secret: When I pick up food at their Colonnade location, I purchase the all natural, lactose free Honey Mustard dipping sauce. It is made for dipping their chicken nuggets, but it's phenomenal with the steak and is my absolute favorite sauce.
Mid Afternoon Snack 2:00 PM
So this is where I get creative. I've started making my own Trail Mix using a handful of raw or lightly salted almonds, dried mango and apricots (my new obsession), and small pieces of dark chocolate. I eat it with a hard boiled egg on the side, and it’s a really filling mix that keeps me satisfied until dinner. If I need to increase my protein intake, I’ll also have a few pieces of chicken breast on the side.
Dinner 7:30-8:00 PM
I’m lucky because my partner is the GM in training at H-E-B Central Market, and they have a great selection of prepared meals. I usually ask him to bring home the Salmon with Rosemary Potatoes, or the Rosemary Chicken with Green Beans and Potato Medley. They recently introduced a new Turkey Meatloaf entree that is delicious and healthy too. If we're running around town with limited time, another quick dish is the #6 Chicken and Salad Meal from Bill Miller Barbecue. It's not glamorous, but it’s under 600 calories (minus the sweet tea) and filling. Another dining out option that I love is the Ceviche from The Lighthouse Seafood restaurant. It’s in my neighborhood, and it’s quickly becoming one of my faves.
My Guilty Pleasure Is:
Salt. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with it but when I'm looking to relax and snack on something 'naughty,' chips are my choice. Put them in front of me at any Mexican restaurant and you better have the next basket coming close behind! I have, however, found ways to curb the desire when I'm trying to be good. Items like Harvest Snaps & Quest Protein Chips are an alternative that I will consider when the temptation gets real.
I follow an 80/20 (ish) diet because life is short and there’s chocolate. Having said that, if I’m gearing up for an endurance run or ride, I will eat REALLY clean for the couple of weeks leading up to it and track my macros based on the recommendation of my nutritionist.
Breakfast 8:30-9:00 AM
I usually get up around 4:30 or 5:00 AM to either train a group or do my own workout before the day gets away from me. I am not someone who can eat before working out that early, so I usually have a cup of coffee and hit the road. If I’ve made a batch of protein balls (which I try to do every Sunday) I might pop one as soon as I get home to tide me over while I’m getting ready for work. I eat breakfast in the office, and it’s the same thing almost every day: Protein Pancakes that I spread with natural peanut butter and top with sliced strawberries. I usually make a batch of these on Sunday too so I have them ready to go throughout the week. At least once a week I hit Rise Up on my way to work for my favorite Acai Bowl, the ABJ.
Mid Morning Snack 10:30-11:00 AM
I usually start getting hungry again around 10:30 AM, and a mid morning snack keeps me from overdoing it at lunch. I keep a stash of options in my desk so I usually grab a KIND bar or a handful of almonds, with a “Cutie” orange—I eat those things like candy.
Lunch: NOON (ish)
Unless I’m going out to lunch with the girls, I’m kind of a creature of habit and tend to eat the same thing almost every day: the Kale Salad with Chicken, Cranberries, and Pepitas from Central Market. It’s my fave, and they carry it at the SoFLo H-E-B which is within walking distance from my office. If I’m ahead of the game, I will bring my own premade salad from home using baby spinach leaves, grilled chicken, strawberries, and walnuts.
Afternoon Snack 2:30-3:30PM
I start to get the munchies around 3 PM, so I go back to my snack stash for either a Siggi’s Vanilla Yogurt that I top with Bare Naked Granola, a P3 Protein Pack containing beef jerky pieces, sunflower kernels and chipotle peanuts, or a rice cake topped with peanut butter.
Dinner 5:30-6:30 PM
We eat dinner kind of early at my house because of my husband’s schedule. But since he does all the cooking, I don't complain. One of our standard meals is a salad made with mixed baby greens and topped with grilled steelhead trout, goat cheese, strawberries, hearts of palm, and toasted walnuts. It is AMAZING!!
My Guilty Pleasure Is—It’s a tie:
The first is SHAKE SHACK! I absolutely LOVE it and indulge every 4-6 weeks. I get a cheeseburger, fries, and chocolate shake because if you’re gonna do it….you might as well go all in! My other guilty pleasure is movie popcorn with Milk Duds. There’s an art to this: You have to make sure the popcorn is warm, eat a little off the top, pour in the milk duds and then shake the bag until people around you start “shussshing” you. That way you get an even popcorn to Milk Dud distribution☺ It’s the perfect sweet/salty combination.