What I Eat In a Day: School Edition
I get a lot of questions about my meals and healthy snack ideas, so I thought it would be fun to just show you what I eat in a typical day.
Of course, things change from day to day, but I’m pretty much a creature of habit. I tend to grocery shop on Sundays and then whatever I get, I continue to eat throughout the week. (So if I get apples, you best believe I’m having apples as my fruit of choice for the week. The next week could be mandarins…ya never know.)
My diet is probably a little weird, but I can’t really label it anything like “paleo” or “plant-based” or anything like that. There’s food that I try to limit and stay away from such as dairy, processed foods, excess gluten (for my stomach), and anything really sugary. Then, there’s food that I try to get a lot of such as leafy green veggies, micronutrient rich fruits, and healthy fats.
So with that being said, feel free to make any adjustments you want if you’d like to recreate any of these options, but this is what I enjoy in a day and it keeps me full and gives me good energy.
** Note: Also, I hate watching/reading What-I-Eat-In-A-Day videos where people aren’t honest about snacking. I do NOT just have three meals a day with one snack in between. Some days I’m hungry and some days, not so much. Sometimes I’ll eat a salad for lunch and then an hour later decide that was a dumb idea and eat a sweet potato because I’m starving, haha. So yeah 🙂 **
Breakfast: gluten free oats topped with banana (and some brown sugar and cinnamon if I’m being honest because I need a little sweetness and Stevia won’t cut it!)
I remember when I started my sophomore year of college, I had to take a 7:30 a.m. class. I was so freaked out about being able to eat a healthy breakfast before that would be quick enough to whip up! While I have more time now and can slowly cook my oats over the prescribed 10 minutes, I used to make overnight oats and was frequently giving out the recipe when asked.
It’s 1/2 a cup of oats followed by 1 cup of almond milk in a mason jar. Then you just leave it in the fridge overnight! In the morning, microwave it for one minute and then add your toppings.
Like I said, now I have more time and can make it the “slow” way, but I wanted to share that in case you needed a quicker route!
Morning snack: some kind of fruit just to tie me over until lunch
Lately I’ve been buying cantaloupe and apples and just throwing some pieces in a baggie. I typically eat this while walking between classes, so I need something easy to grab and then toss when I’m done.
Lunch: Hash made with sweet potato, squash, purple potatoes and onions
I used to bring buddha bowls filled with brown rice, beans, and veggies, but this has been easier on my stomach and given me a good source of protein and brain food! And thanks so much to Angela who made this (and the meal I’ll show you for my dinner) with me over the weekend, so I could eat it up at school!
Afternoon snack: Smoothie!
When I get home from classes I am more than ready to eat. Typically, I’m impatient so I eat a few veggie chips in hummus as I whip something up, but if I haven’t already had a smoothie for the day, I like to make that. (And to be honest, if I don’t make a smoothie, my hunger and cravings win and I eat a bowl of cereal with almond milk. Sue me.)
Berry green smoothie: Blend frozen berries of your choice, 1 banana, a handful of spinach, and some almond milk for the perfect smoothie. I don’t add protein powder because I don’t have any and that stuff’s expensive.
Green detox smoothie (pictured): 1 green apple, handful of spinach, 1/2 banana, squeeze of lemon, and almond milk.
Mango green smoothie: 1 banana, handful of mango chunks, handful of spinach, and almond milk
Dinner: (gluten free) pasta in olive oil and vinegar topped mixed with quinoa and veggies
When I do pasta, I do like 1/3 pasta, 2/3 veggies. The veggies I have here include zucchini, leak, basil, spinach, red and orange peppers, and I think that’s it! Sometimes, I feel more like some complex carbs and bake a sweet potato and add some beans and veggies for sustenance.
Dessert: Cup of tea with a bit of dark chocolate OR apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon
I NEED dessert pretty much every day. I don’t know what it is, but around 8:30 I absolutely have to have some tea and a little something sweet before I go to bed. Throughout the winter, I’ve been loving the Celestial Candy Cane tea (just a super-minty, mint tea!) but I’ve also done camomile on occasion or sometimes just hot lemon water. If I buy a little bit of dark chocolate, I can make it last for weeks!
What does your plate look like on a typical day?