I absolutely love it when my family comes to visit and we always have an incredible time. The other great benefit about these family visits is that, without fail, everyone always goes home lighter.
What do I mean?
Inevitably, when friends or family spend a whole week eating with me they quickly learn how delicious healthy eating really is (and how easy it is too!) I promise I do not starve my guests. Actually, it's quite the opposite. They always feel like they've "eaten too much," but somehow managed to lose weight over the course of the week.
So what exactly do I eat all day? People ask me this question all the time because with the demands of being a mom and working full time, they just can't believe how I'm still able to keep up with a healthy lifestyle.
Here's exactly what I eat on a typical day and how I am able to keep my eating plan delicious and simple even with the demands of a busy day.
6am: Wake up - Have to wake up before my sons to get a little time to myself in the morning. I check my emails and sip on some green tea with a bit of stevia.
6:30am: Flax seed and Daily Energy shake.
Daily Energy has become an absolute staple in my eating plan. It's made from a variety of organic fruits and vegetables with added probiotics and digestive enzymes...it's my daily dose of "nutrition insurance". Not only does this stuff taste great, but it's quite satisfying and energizing, especially first thing in the morning. Perfect for anyone who doesn't get enough veggies too!
I put 1 tablespoon of fresh flax seeds in my Magic Bullet (you can also use a coffee grinder). I grind up the seeds to make flax powder. I then add 1 tablespoon Daily Energy, water, ice and a touch of stevia and blend. Yummy morning shake!
7:30am: By this time my sons are awake and ready for "FOOD, EAT, FOOD, EAT" - that's exactly what I hear until I get their breakfast on the table. We all have 2 soft boiled eggs, sauteed spinach, and fresh blueberries and strawberries (yes, my kids eat exactly what I eat). Eggs are always a quick and easy breakfast, and the spinach is usually left over from dinner the night before or one of my lunches.
I pack some raw nuts (Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts and almonds), 1 apple, and a bag of baby carrots for my snacks and my lunch (see below).
9am: My sons go to school and I'm off to work.
9:30am - 10:30am: As I work I snack on my raw nuts, baby carrots and 1/2 of the apple. I have the same snack in the afternoon. I don't always do this, but sometimes it's just easier.
12:30pm: Lunch. I always made my lunch the night before - usually using leftovers. The trick is to plan ahead...prepare an extra serving of dinner and bam, your lunch is all done! Today I've got some Chilean Sea Bass (broiled in the oven), over a pretty big salad (greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, peppers) with 1 sweet potato. I use apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil as my dressing along with some salt and pepper.
I have definitely found that creating a "system" for packing and prepping your food will make following a healthy eating plan much, much easier. Find a system that works well for you and your family.
3:30pm: Afternoon snack is the same as morning snack. Again, I don't always do this, but when it's easy, why not keep it easy! Some other great snack choices are an apple, banana or carrots and apple butter, Greek yogurt with fruit and honey, homemade popsicles, a protein shake, or a small side salad.
5:30pm: I head home. We put some skirt steaks in to marinate - or prepare another protein - and my hubby gets the grill going (it's usually always grilling weather in the south!). We usually also grill some seasonal veggies like eggplant and zucchini that I marinate in balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and Italian spices. I'll also prepare some rice, quinoa or another grain to go along with the meal.
9pm: Before bed - I don't always have a before bed snack and I don't recommend that it be part of your every day, but if you're feeling hungry then you should always eat something -- in this case, protein is your best bet before bed. My favorite is almond butter and apple sauce with cinnamon sprinkled on top. I love this snack because it is a bit sweet and filling and really helps to curb any sweet cravings that may start in the evening.
There you have it...nothing complicated and nothing bland and boring. I love my clean, healthy food and love how it makes me feel all day. I always choose foods I enjoy and never "make" myself eat something just because I think it's supposed to be good for me (although it is important to be open minded and adventurous).