I love reading “What I ate today Wednesday” or “Monday in meals” post on blogs so I decided to write mine!
Before I start, I am not a nutritionist, I do eat according to what I feel like having and I do not encourage anybody to eat the way I do. I am just doing my best to eat a healthier life possible with whole food. Moreover, the products and apps I am talking about are my own (bought by myself) and are not sponsored. Finally, my everyday calories intake is pretty low but I really eat what I feel like and I am not starving myself.
This said, let’s dig in!
I just cannot start any morning without my all time favourite breakfast! I am talking about peanut butter and banana on toasted bread. I think it is absolutely delicious and it is what really motivates me to get up in the morning. I used to hate peanut butter (I did a weird face when I tried it with sliced bananas on bread for the first time and I really could not eat the whole thing). Then, I worked in a coffee shop for 2 months in Canada where I was making sundaes for kids, with peanut butter. I started liking the texture and the flavour (how it smells) before giving it another try, and I loved it. When I was a student in Canada I used to eat this every single morning and I remember some friends asking me if I was not bored of it. Nope! Then I swapped it for some yogurts parfait, oatmeal, smoothies, budda’s bowls and eventually came back to this first love.I now use half of a banana (40 or 50 grams), all natural and organic peanut butter that only contains peanuts and Essene drake bread (which is apparently the best bread in the world, made from sprouted grains). I top this with cinnamon and sometimes a few chia seeds. I used to add honey, chocolate chunks and nuts to it. Since the essene bread is pretty long, I do not want to eat the whole thing at once so I cut it in half to have the feeling to eat two separated slices (and therefore more !)
I now use half of a banana (40 or 50 grams), all natural and organic peanut butter that only contains peanuts and Essene drake bread (which is apparently the best bread in the world, made from sprouted grains). I top this with cinnamon and sometimes a few chia seeds. I used to add honey, chocolate chunks and nuts to it. Since the essene bread is pretty long, I do not want to eat the whole thing at once so I cut it in half to have the feeling to eat two separated slices (and therefore more !)
This breakfast is around 200 calories: 6.44gr of fat, 28.33gr of carbs, 5.96gr of sugar and 5.89gr of proteins and is enough to fill me for my workout.
I used to jump into the office after my workout with nothing more in my belly and it resulted in faints. Then, I read that « Any post-workout snack is better than nothing » so I started to introduce post-workout snacks to my diet. I started with homemade energy bars, made with chocolate and chickpeas, then cottage cheese, and now smoothies. I also like to have proteins bars from the organic store. These 2 bars are both vegan and very healthy, according to my Yuka app. The chimpanzee bar comes in 2 flavours: peanut butter or banana and according to Yuka, the peanut butter one is healthier than the banana. The lifebar one comes in chocolate and apple. They are both vegan, raw, gluten-free…
The chimpanzee bar is 45grans and 172 calories: 0.9gr of fat, 12gr of carbs, 3.6gr of sugar and 14gr of proteins.
The apple life bar is 22 grams and 82 calories: 3.08 grams of fat, 11.88gr of carbs, 10.12gr of sugar and 1.54gr of proteins
This morning, I was not feeling like eating anything since my workout was not really intense and I did not prep any smoothie since (as you can see it) I bought a lot of proteins bars.
For lunch, I generally (I mean always) have leftovers from the night before because I find it pretty convenient. I meal prep all my meals so I do not have to eat at the food corner of the mall and it is way healthier. When there are no leftovers (it happen), I cook myself a puree (mashed carrots, butternut squash or spinach) with soy or vegetable burger or tofu. If I really do not have anything, I will eat some vegan meal from the organic store or go to Prêt à Manger that does reasonable low calories small salads to fill me up until 4 pm. Today, I had some « invisible cake with zucchini and saffron ». They call it invisible because it has no pie. It is pretty low calories (99 to be exact) per slice and I had an extra small leftover slice. I went to the Japanese corner of the supermarket in the mall to see if they had some (low calories) wakame salad, but it was full of Exx-something, meaning it comes with dyes and preservatives, which I believe are not good since they cannot be properly eliminated from our bodies so I make my best to stay away from it.
Before starting the snack time, I want to say that I do not feel hunger as I am drinking PLENTY of water during the day. I start my day with 500ml of water, drink in total 1.4L before hitting the office and I drink over 3L of tea/plant-based tea throughout the day. As a snack, I used to have a lot of different things as well: chocolates that employees (or my boss) give us (fatty me!), crackers (I love the tomatoes cheese one), or even lifebars if I am feeling like it. Lately, I snack on raw organic cherry tomatoes as it is pretty low in calories and filling. With, of course, tea. I sometimes do not eat anything, like today, but I like to give me a boost before heading back home to avoid fainting in the subway and blocking everybody (although it never happened before).
I get extremely picky and anxious around dinner time. As explained in my « Orthorexia Nervosa » post, I like to cook dinner for everyone on my own. My family makes menus on Saturday before going grocery shopping to not miss anything during the week and therefore avoid heading back to the store. I choose what I will eat on Saturdays. We mostly chose healthy dinners from Pinterest (that I pin throughout the week to avoid looking for too long on Saturdays) and I cook everything myself, or sometimes with my mom. I know it is awful to say, but I do so, in order to control the portions and to put the ingredients in FatSecret (my favourite calories counter app – no ad here). Therefore we mostly have pretty fancy dinners, or sometimes my family is having a « cheat meal » made of oily fried eggs and fried potatoes. In this case, I make myself a puree with boiled eggs or a vegan burger (like yesterday). Tonight, we had a « crumble of zucchini and codfish », which was by the way absolutely delicious. A slice is actually over 350 calories for dinner! It is pretty high so I managed to eat less during the day to leave space for it.
My total daily intake was therefore 657 calories, 33.98gr of fat, 55.48gr of carbs, 10.76gr of sugar (we can go up to 25 grams so I am good here) and 31.04gr of proteins. I am extremely picky on the sugar as I think it is bad for our health, hard to digest and one of my 2018 resolutions was to quit my sugar addiction (which I thought would be had for me since I have a sweet tooth but at the end it was okay). If my calories are lower than 600 and my sugar level are both okay, I sometimes indulge and eat a square of dark chocolate as a dessert. Otherwise, no dessert and (of course) one or two herbal teacups in front of my computer later on.
What is your favourite meal of the day?