If you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw my Monday Meals posts on Instastories. I thought I would post a quick recap of what I ate and why. Yesterday wasn’t exactly a “normal” meal day for me since I just got back from a 10 day trip to Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Hilton Head Island to visit family. I arrived home late Sunday afternoon and delayed grocery shopping until Monday. I also usually teach the 7:15 am class at Shred415 South Loop on Monday mornings but this week I swapped classes with another instructor and will teach the 7:15 am class on Wednesday instead. Anyway, that’s the background and now here is what I ate.
Breakfast: I had a late breakfast, around 8:30 am, and since I didn’t go grocery shopping I dug deep into my freezer to put together a quick, yet balanced breakfast.
Two of these waffles from Whole Foods contain 160 calories, 6 grams fiber, and 4 grams protein. And they were in my freezer, so perfect! I toasted my waffles and added 1 tablespoon of almond butter on each waffle mainly for the fat (17 g) and protein (7 g) content. This will help keep me full. I made a quick compote with frozen strawberries and chia seeds (another good source of fiber). Finally, I ALWAYS have a cup of coffee in the morning and this morning I added marine Vital Proteins since I needed to add a little more protein (9 g) to my meal.
Snack 1: At around 11:30 am I headed to the grocery store but before I left I made a Daily Harvest smoothie, which I had leftover from a previous shipment. I like to stockpile my freezer for situations just like this. I threw the Mango + Papaya smoothie in the blender and took it with me to the grocery store. PRO TIP: Never go grocery shopping hungry!
Lunch: Despite my snack before grocery shopping, I still was hungry when I got home. I ate lunch around 1:30 pm and we’re so lucky to have amazing friends who are also very talented chefs. Our good friends had dropped off leftovers for us on Sunday night so I was very excited to have a prepared lunch waiting for me when I got home. I’m not exactly sure what the dish is called but it is served chilled and contains flank steak, cucumbers, sprouts, and herbs. I would also like to say that red meat can still have a place in a healthy diet. I do encourage everyone to purchase quality red meat that is grass fed. If anyone has any questions about this, please let me know and I can explain in more details in the future.
Snack 2: I had a couple client meetings in the evening so before I left home I grabbed a snack to tide me over until dinnertime. Believe me, when your job is to talk about food for hours on end you don’t want to go to work hungry! Since I had just visited my mom I had some healthy, homemade rusks that she had given me before I left. I took a couple of rusks and a Siggi’s yogurt with me to work. I didn’t actually have time to eat them at work so I snacked on them during my bus ride home at around 4:30 pm.
Dinner: Finally, I sat down for dinner at 7:30 pm and indulged in a couple of my guilty pleasures, The Bachelorette and white wine. I don’t usually drink wine on a Monday night but it was the season finale and it just felt right! I’ll show you next week what I usually drink on a Monday night #teaser. Anyway, for dinner I had one of my go-to easy and delicious recipes, Split Pea Curry. I found this recipe on the Inspiralized blog.
I substituted the rutabaga for shredded cabbage, which I sautéed with coconut oil for about 10 minutes. My spiralizer isn’t quite strong enough for a rutabaga and I am planning to invest in The Inspiralizer someday soon!
There you have it, my first installment of Monday Meals! If you have any questions, I would love to hear from you! Check back in tomorrow, as I will be posting my top 5 questions I am asked about PROTEINS!