Hi, lovelies! Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a great day! It’s FINALLY getting warmer in Chicago (*happy dance*) and I’ve been loving the sunshine. This spring, one of my goals is to develop a healthier lifestyle by getting active and cooking more. I truly believe that eating healthier will not only improve my physical health, but relieve anxiety. I love reading “What I Eat in a Day” posts (seriously, I’ve read a lot! Why are they so much fun?!) and thought that I’d share my own typical weekday meals as of late. 🙂
9 am. First thing’s first, breakfast! Growing up, my grandma would always stress that it’s the most important meal of the day. Confession: My mom would have to force me to eat breakfast. In college, a lot of the times, I skipped this meal altogether. I know, I know, not the best habit! I just never felt hungry in the morning and would wait until lunch to eat something.
A few years ago, I finally learned my lesson. I drank a huge cup of coffee without eating and was jittery all throughout my morning class. Yikes. Nonna was right, as usual. Without breakfast, you feel lethargic and distracted. As I grow older, it’s harder for me to get anything done if I don’t eat a balanced meal in the morning.
That’s why lately, I’ve been really focusing on breakfast. Typically, I’ll opt for bagels. They’re tasty and a good source of iron. I usually stick with plain bagels, but other favorites are blueberry and whole wheat. I’ll add a couple handfuls of fruit to my plate and mix it up (raspberries, grapes, etc). Yesterday, I chose blueberries, pineapples, and strawberries. Another great breakfast food is oatmeal, since it’s easy to make and healthy. I prefer plain oatmeal and sweeten it with fruit or honey.
Side note, bagels/fruit in the picture look like a smile and that makes me happy. 🙂 It was a total accident too!
12:30-1pm. So, lunch can be challenging in terms of options. I mean, how many times can you eat a turkey sandwich? A lot of days, I’ll heat up leftovers from dinner the night before (whether it’s a bowl of pasta or stir fry). Yesterday, I made myself a tuna fish sandwich. I’ve been growing an appreciation for tuna since it’s rich in omega-3s. For my salad, I’ll keep it pretty simple and mix together tuna, a little mayo, celery, and tomatoes. Alejandro’s mom really enjoys adding tomatoes to her tuna salad and introduced us to her recipe! As my side snack, I had some Lay’s kettle cooked potato chips. Yummy!
5-6pm. Yay, my favorite meal of the day! For dinner, I’ve been trying to incorporate a variety of recipes. Something that discouraged me when I started cooking was time. Cooking in advance on Sunday nights has helped tons. Also, finding simple recipes for dinner (our favorite cookbook so far is The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook) and investing in a crockpot.
One of my go-to’s for dinner is this Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Potatoes recipe that I found on Pinterest a couple of months back. It’s easy to make, doesn’t require many ingredients, and tastes delicious! Yesterday, I decided to roast the chicken/potatoes in the oven rather than using my crockpot. Alejandro and I both loved it! For our vegetables, we chose asparagus. Usually, we’ll enjoy mixed veggies, spinach, broccoli, or corn.
Other typical dinner options for us are Pasta Bolognese, quesadillas/beans, and breaded chicken/mashed potatoes with green veggies.
7-8 pm. During the evening, I’ll need a quick pick-me-up, especially since that’s usually the time that I write my blog posts. Snack time! Yesterday, I headed to Starbucks and ate a slice of banana bread and sipped on an iced caramel macchiato. Starbucks is walking distance from our apartment, so sometimes I’ll munch on my snack and write for a bit there.
Some days, I’ll snack on fruit, popcorn, or chocolate ice cream (a must during that fun time of the month…huge sigh).
After writing this post, my tummy is starting to rumble! Guess it’s time for my evening snack…
What are some of your usual meal go-to’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the weekdays?
Have a wonderful rest of your Wednesday, lovelies! 💛