As someone who tells other people what to eat for a living, I try not to talk too much about what I eat. In part because I don’t want you to think you should be eating like me. And in part because I don’t want to be judged, one way or another. Because eating “healthy” food comes naturally to me, I consider myself lucky. I thank my mom for feeding me home cooked meals growing up that were centered around real, whole foods. But I know that not everyone eats like me, or even wants to. So my decision to do this was not without much thought. I did do it a while back when the Washingtonian asked me “what does a nutritionist eat?” I was actually the first person they interviewed for the “Food Diaries” series on their well+being blog. In case you’re wondering, here was a typical day for me back in 2012. Fast forward to 2014 and my diet hasn’t changed all that much. I’m thinking I might be a boring eater?
So last week I was “tagged” by a fellow RD buddy, EA Stewart (aka The Spicy RD) in a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Have you heard of this? It’s when a blogger posts each week what she ate on the previous Wednesday. It started as a way to share and inspire others, embrace new foods, and find new ways to eat your old favorites. I think the “RD edition” of What I Ate Wednesday is a positive thing. For one, it’s interesting to see the truth in how we nutritionists eat. I also think there’s some value in sharing what I eat with you, being that I find myself all too often trying to explain something I’ve made for myself or my family. I’m hoping this series will evolve over time and allow me to explain in more detail why I choose certain foods, where I buy them and other useful stuff. So here goes, this is what I ate last Wednesday.
I started the day around 7:00 am with my beloved French press coffee. I use real organic half and half and a variety of different sweeteners, but mostly it’s a blend of real sugar and Nu Naturals stevia. Last week I was on a toasted bread and avocado kick for quite a few days. I had it with cherry tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and on this particular day, sourdough bread with balsamic glaze. It was okay, but I liked the hard-boiled egg version the best.
Since that sourdough bread has no fiber, I was pretty hungry again around 10:00 am. That’s when I poured a bowl of muesli cereal. It’s my own concoction of oats, raw buckwheat, hemp, chia, currants, goji berries and lots of other good stuff. We sell it at The Detox Kitchen but I make it for myself all the time. I had 1 cup of cereal (I scoop it out with a measuring cup) with unsweetened coconut milk and little bit of stevia for some sweet.
Lunch time came around 1:30 pm and it’s pretty much always a smoothie for me! Last week I was testing new recipes and created this refreshing kale margarita smoothie. The recipe is pretty simple: 5 leaves of Dino kale, juice from 2 limes, 2 dates, 1 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup frozen pineapple. Although not many ingredients, it was still very satisfying.
I skipped my afternoon snack, which is not typical at all. I was out on appointments and just did not prepare. Because of that, I was really looking forward to dinner. My infamous salmon salad was on the menu. I adore salad. I eat it pretty much every day. I know salad is not for everyone, but I just don’t feel satisfied unless I have it with dinner. You can’t really tell from this picture, but I make a really, really big salad. It could feed four people easily. I used three different kinds of lettuce (Boston bibb, always one endive, and some Romaine), bell peppers, lentil sprouts, cucumber, tomato, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and hearts of palm. I made my own dressing using miso paste, white balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I crave this salad and eat it several times during the week!
Usually I have some dark chocolate as a night snack but I’ve been obsessed with these Lime bars from Trader Joe’s. I was hooked on them years ago and we parted ways, but now we are in love again. I crave the tart limey flavor, it really hits the spot. I forgot to take a picture before I ate the last one, but here is the box.
And that’s it. That’s my day. Hopefully my future WIAW posts will be more exciting. But all in all, it was a typical day. It’s actually Wednesday today and I’m going to a luncheon, so in next week’s post I can show you what I choose when eating out.
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