My Approach to Healthy Eating
I love to peek into other people's carts when I'm shopping and see what they're buying. (Nosy, I know.) It's weirdly interesting to me.
I'm of the camp that believes wellness starts from within, so I'm very conscious about what I put in my body and try to eat a balanced diet most of the time.
When you work a 9-to-5 and try to fit in other things on the side, it can be hard to cook full meals and always keep a well-stocked kitchen. A general rule of thumb is that I try to eat in-season produce and products with as few ingredients as possible.
What I always buy at the grocery store
Here's a list of items that I pick up grocery store and how I work them into my routine:
- fresh veggies, like asparagus, zucchini, peppers, tomato and onions
- sweet potatoes
- romaine, kale or arugula
- hummus and salsa
- unsweetened almond milk
- gluten free bread or bagels
- corn tortilla chips (we love the Whole Foods baked in-house brand)
- chicken breast
- cold brew coffee
- greek yogurt
- fruits, like berries, bananas, cherries, lemon and pineapple
- granola (Purely Elizabeth is my favorite)
- brown eggs
- goat and feta cheese
I shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's most often because I love the quality and variety of their selections. In the summer, I stock up from my mom's garden because it's free. (Thanks, mom!)
A lot of people equate eating healthy with spending a ton of money, but I try to buy the store brand when possible and only grab what I know we'll eat in a week. This is where meal planning can be a lifesaver.
My day on a plate
I'm a creature of habit. My breakfast is almost always avocado on gluten-free bread with a dash of pink himalayan sea salt. It's quick and easy to make and keeps me full until lunch. (On the weekends when I have more time, I like to add a poached egg on top.) I pair it with an iced almond milk latte and I'm good to go.
Lunch varies. I eat at the cafe at work, so I have a lot of options and it's easy to go crazy. I try to stick to hearty salads with a protein and some carbs. I also love vegetable based soups.
I usually have a small snack prior to working out, so I always keep nuts (like walnuts, almonds or pistachios) on hand. Sometimes I throw in a few dried cranberries or apricots. However, I try really hard not to snack during the day because it can add up quickly.
Dinners vary! I do love to cook, but when I get home from the gym late and I'm starving that doesn't always happen. Bowls are easy to throw together—I usually start with mixed greens (like spinach or arugula), throw some quinoa on top and add in a whole bunch of veggies. Hummus or goat cheese adds a nice flavor and I top it off with a balsamic dressing. It's quick, easy and filling.
I love breakfast for dinner. Omelettes are easy to make and load up with veggies. My mom has an amazing recipe for rosemary sweet potato hash that takes only a few minutes to whip up (I plan on sharing it soon!). Eggs and sweet potatoes are on constant rotation around here.
Dessert is a non-negotiable. I try to keep it on the healthier side by swapping out ice cream for greek yogurt. I might do a parfait with granola, sliced almonds and cherries or an acai smoothie with banana and chia seeds.
We do like to eat out on the weekends. Mexican food is our favorite and we have a local place that we frequent far too often. I usually opt for fish tacos on corn tortillas with guacamole on the side. Other than that, I love seafood. I could eat crab legs, french fries and cole slaw every day for the rest of my life. (Maybe a bit of an exaggeration...)
I love hearing what others eat + other quick and dirty recipes, so please share!
*Because diet is such a personal thing, I want to add that this is what works for me. In no way do I think you should give up the foods you love if you don't have to. I'm all about making the right choice for your lifestyle.