a day of eating

Everyone’s gotta eat, so might as well make meals healthy and delicious. Here’s what a day of eating looks like around here.

Breakfast

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have time to run before I head into work. With the nice weather, I’m able to go around the neighborhood and get ready for work at home, including making and eating a delicious breakfast! One egg and one-egg white scrambled with a Thomas’ English muffin bagel.

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Breakfast on these days is enough to sustain me until lunch, although I’ll usually eat some berries or other fruit in-between.

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Lunch

I work late on Thursday nights, so I always have a bigger lunch and a smaller dinner. Leftover cod tacos with a crisp veggie medley of red bell peppers, cabbage, carrots, and broccoli with salsa verde drizzled on top, brown rice on the side.

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Dinner

For a quick, but satisfying meal between training sessions, I opted for a caesar salad with buffalo chicken on top. I use a baby spinach and kale mixture for my base and add in chopped tomatoes for an extra dose of veggies (or is it fruits in this case?)

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Dessert

Because everyone needs a little sweetness in their life. Some days, when I want ice cream, I’ll have ice cream, but today all my sweet tooth needed was two of these milk chocolates to be satisfied.

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Conclusion

When trying to lose or maintain weight loss, it’s easy to think you have to labor through boring meals that have no flavor or excitement to them. Over the years, I’ve learned that food is always going to be exciting, for me at least, and I need to stop feeling guilty about enjoying good meals. I just need to learn how to make healthier versions of them!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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the breakfast sandwich

Ever since returning to personal training, I have an odd schedule. Not only do I work mornings and nights, but the second half of the week is a lot busier than the first half. On Monday, I headed to the gym to crush my workout before seeing a client.

It was arms day and I was aiming for heavier weights, which resulted in tired arms. Success! I finished up on the bike for a sweaty (and headphone-less!) ride. So sad. Even though I charged them up, my headphones just didn’t want to turn on and it was time to replace them. I hope the new ones work well and don’t rub on my neck to cause a rash! I love the wireless ones, but my previous pair had a bar type thing connected to it and that + sweat, did not bode well for me.

The afternoon was spent eating lunch, doing chores, and cuddling up with the little dude who couldn’t decide whether he wanted to be cuddled or chased.

Now back to me and my odd schedule…since I’m on the run most mornings, whether to get to work or fit in a workout first, I need a nutritious, quick, and filling breakfast. Welcome to the art of the breakfast sandwich!

My favorite combination is an English muffin, two eggs scrambled, with pepper jack cheese, and a chicken sausage patty. Fruit of course, on the side.

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Ham will do.

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Sometimes even pepperoni in a pinch and for a kick.

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I even mixed things up with an everything bagel thin.

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The breakfast sandwich is a thing of beauty because it’s simple, but potentially versatile, quick, filling, and chock full of nutrients.

You could go meatless and swap in fresh spinach and/or tomato. You could fry or poach the eggs if you prefer them drippier. You could throw everything into a wrap, covered in waffles, or even a lettuce wrap if that fits your fancy.

If you’re on the run, don’t count out breakfast!

My love for breakfast knows no bounds.

Cheesy eggs, toast, and bacon.

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Breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, and pepperoni- a little unusual but it hit the spot. Served with blueberries which had already been devoured.

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Pancakes on a wannabe rainy morning!

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Oatmeal eaten seemingly in the middle of the night (around 5:30am). So good on a rainy morning.

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Another egg sandwich, this time with ham.

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Lots of leftover lunches this week. First, a bowl of pasta with meatballs and green beans, spinach added.

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Another bowl of pasta, this one with shrimp and green beans, a salad unseen on the side.

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The first dinner of the week was a yummy salad crafted with greens, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, peppers, and sliced almonds, topped with crispy shrimp.

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Baked cod with a cracker crumble, sweet potato fries, and an arugula salad with tomatoes and slivered almonds.

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My favorite spinach rice with a medley of scallops, shrimp, and fresh veggies stirred together in alfredo.

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food

It’s been a bit since we’ve had our usual Food Friday’s post and I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t have that many for you today. By the time I realized I should be collecting them, it was already Wednesday after lunch! But we get what we get and we don’t get upset- or so I used to tell my kindergarteners!

Oatmeal! This will be featured at some point next week. It’s delicious.

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I love when you can throw the night before’s dinner into one bowl and make a meal. Burrito inspired.

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The steak dinner that was featured earlier this week. I think it deserves some more love.

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Breakfast! Eggs with cheese on an English muffin with  fruit. It’s the simple things.


Lunch included more leftovers- spinach salad with chicken.


Since I work Thursday nights and have to work early Friday, I prefer to eat dinner on the earlier side. I prepped an excellent cod fillet with spinach rice and a vegetable medley.

It’s Friday, so smile to yourself, do a little jig, and get back to work because it’s almost the weekend!

food to go

Sometimes I work in the mornings, sometimes I work at night. Depending on the time, I either need to prepare breakfast or dinner ahead of time so I stay organized and healthy! I went over a few breakfast options last week, and there are more to come, but today, I’m focusing on the dinner thing.

For protein, I threw a slab of steak onto a pan and got cooking. I’m still new to cooking steak, trying to make it pink enough but not too pink. It’s a struggle, but I think I did well this time. I seasoned the meat with a steak seasoning…and some olive oil.

While that got cooking, I started in on my vegetables. I mostly love vegetables, especially a variety of them in a dish.

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This time around, I selected zucchini, carrots, red pepper, and yellow pepper. I also threw on some asparagus and spinach once in the pan.

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To round out the meal, I cooked some rice. Along with a side of bbq sauce, I prepped everything to go and all I had to do later was heat it up!

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All of this led to a happy and healthy stomach!

food for thought fridays

There’s not much thinking to it, so much as looking and perhaps longing after it.

Welcome to September!?! I for one, am excited for Fall!

Peanut butter toast is classic and always delicious. Lots of fresh berries on the side. Berry season is the best season!

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One day’s lunch of chicken teriyaki meatballs and brown rice, a big salad on the side.

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An early morning snack/breakfast type thing. Plain Greek yogurt, raspberries, and almonds.

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Fajita bowl

I’ll be honest, this isn’t the most original recipe I’ve ever created, but it’s healthy and easy and tasty. What more could you want?

I started by seasoning the chicken with cumin and chili powder, then put brown rice on to boil.

Once the chicken was cooked, I tossed on some spinach, red pepper, black beans, and corn.


For extra flavoring, I mixed everything together with marinara.


Enjoy!