Every time I publish a “What I Ate Wednesday” post, I get at least one or two emails or comments thanking me and asking me to do them more often. Getting that kind of feedback is helpful and I really appreciate it, so thank you when you take the time to let me know what you like to see (or not see!) here on Happy Healthy Mama. Your opinions are always welcomed!
Without further ado, here’s a look at what I ate on a random day in my life.
I’ve been eating a lot of smoothie bowls and colder breakfasts lately, but sometimes I want a warm breakfast, even in the summer. I’ve also made a conscious decision to switch up my breakfast more often rather than eat the same oats every day, so for the last few months I’ve been eating a lot of different breakfast items. This Breakfast Quinoa is an old favorite that I love. I actually made it without the maple syrup and was surprised that I still liked it without the sweetener. It really fills me up even though it’s not a huge serving. It kept me satisfied until lunch.
In an ideal world, I’d make 100% of the meals I eat and know where every piece of food that passes my mouth comes from. That’s not reality, though. This was a pool day and for the convenience of it, we often eat our lunch at the pool. They don’t have a ton of healthy options, but they do have a few salads to choose from. This one is the Asian Kale Salad with Salmon. Their idea of a kale salad is a few token pieces of kale thrown in the mix, but that’s okay. It’s a tasty salad.
I was 100% ready for dinner when we got home from the pool, but it was only 3:30 so I grabbed this apple instead. I was not craving an apple, but I forced myself to eat that instead of something heavier. I always remind myself: If you aren’t hungry for a fruit or vegetable, then you probably aren’t really hungry. I was hungry.
Salad with (sliced) Homemade Baked Chicken NuggetsThis dinner is an example of how I adapt a kid’s meal to an adult version. The kids had Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets with raw vegetables on the side and I had the salad you see above. (Tim was not home for this dinner.) The dressing was an Avocado Ranch with some chipotle added for spice and flavor. For the nuggets, I veered from the original recipe by trying ground turkey instead of chicken. Some commenters let me know that they tried it with almond meal instead of breadcrumbs so I gave that a try, as well. My “almond meal” was whole almonds I ground up in the food processor. Both worked, but I prefer the chicken and breadcrumbs. And can I just say that I semi understand why food companies feel the need to add colors to food? The dressing was delicious, but avocado+chipotle don’t make an appealing color at all.
Dates Stuffed with Almond Butter
Eek! Sorry about the blurry picture. Clearly, I couldn’t wait to stuff those dates in my mouth. I was craving something sweet and this was the quickest option. I was really craving some chocolate, but we had none in the house. (HOW does that happen?!)
Spiced Banana Almond SmoothieMeghan had gymnastics and when we got home, I couldn’t believe how hungry I was. The kids had their snack before bed and I whipped up this smoothie. It really hit the spot.
Let’s Talk About Counting Calories
This part is hard for me to write, but I have to be real and make sure you see the whole picture. Something weird has happened in the last few weeks. I’ve gained about 5 pounds. It’s really strange how it’s happened so quickly. When I’ve gained weight in the past, it’s been much slower of a weight gain and I can usually pin it to my slacking with exercise. That’s definitely not the case this time. I’ve been working out consistently and my intensity’s been good. I’m actually feeling strong and toned. Yet my shorts don’t fit. If my shorts fit, I probably wouldn’t worry about it, but I want my shorts to fit.
So this brings me to counting calories. I don’t count calories and I don’t really want to. But my best conclusion right now is that I’m overestimating how much I need to eat and eating too much. Before I start counting calories, I’ve started to be more mindful of how much I’m eating and trying to keep my portion size in check. I’m hoping I can lose a few pounds without counting calories.
If this doesn’t work, then I will try to count my calories for a while. As much as I don’t want to, I know it can be an effective way to lose weight. If that doesn’t work and I keep gaining weight, I’ll head to the doctor and get my blood levels tested to try to figure what in the what is going on.
It’s such a tricky balance, this eating thing, isn’t it? My number one focus is always my overall health and longevity. I want to live a long, healthy, disease-free life. But I also have to feel comfortable in my skin and maintaining a certain weight helps. Thanks for being supportive and sharing this journey of health and happiness with me.