Well, it makes sense to divide this post into meals, doesn’t it!
For years (until mid-30s perhaps?) I ate breakfast upon waking up even at a ridiculously early hour. But for the past few years I have not. I usually just drink coffee (black), do my whole morning routine, and eat breakfast with the kids post-workout. This is usually around 7:00-7:30 or thereabouts.
(Also, sadly “with the kids” often means standing at the counter and eating in 5 minutes while they eat because I need to start seeing patients/go to work/etc. I should work on this).
Typical choices are currently:
- cottage cheese or yogurt bowl with fruit & granola, plus sometimes some maple syrup
- waffle or half of a cinnamon raisin bagel with (generous amounts of) peanut butter & fruit
- cereal (Life, oatmeal squares) + milk + fruit
- oatmeal with peanut butter & banana or raisins
- pancakes (really on weekends w/ kids only)
Breakfasts of my dreams (that sadly never really happen, esp these days!)
- homemade muffins or scones. ESP scones.
- fancy hotel yogurt/granola bowls (why are they better than mine?)
- fancy breakfast sandwiches
Usually eaten also in 5 minutes. (This is the main theme of my eating habits). Usually at 12, sometimes even 11:30 if I am done with patients and have a 12pm meeting (not uncommon).
- turkey sandwich (bonus: add pickles, toast bread)
- pb&j (yep)
- some kind of raw veg on side (cucumbers, carrots, etc)
- leftovers if we have them (BUT I’m often hoarding them for dinner #2)
- Amy’s burritos or less frequently an Amy’s frozen meal
- yogurt bowls if not eaten for breakfast
If I’m in a super disciplined mode I might not snack in the afternoons. If I wanted abs like Autumn Calabrese this would probably be a necessary thing to cut out. BUT . . . I am not usually in that mode, esp lately (oh well). I try to keep it reasonable at least in portion size and I’m usually somewhat hungry around 3pm. Options:
- apple & pb
- trail mix
- dark chocolate (yep)
- cookies if we have them (typically not which is good!)
Dinner with the kids usually happens around 5:30 to 6:00. Josh typically does not make it in time, and I usually eat with the kids (sorry Josh — I usually do try to sit with him later when he eats, though). Above is the BBQ Salmon Bowl with Mango Avocado Salsa (via Pinch of Yum, via LagLiv‘s meal plan!) that I made this past Sunday.
Sometimes the kids like what we have (see above); other times they refuse various parts of it. G is the least consistent eater though she does do better if we prevent her from guzzling milk before dinner. There’s usually at least one thing they like enough to have something.
I can’t wait to get to the point where the kids make less of a mess with dinner (esp RICE, OMG!). Anyone want to let me know when that happens!?
During this pandemic, Saturday has been takeout night almost every week (maybe every week, actually). 98% of our other meals are eaten/made at home with the exception of during our vacation week when we treated ourself to extra takeout. I have had zero desire to eat in a public environment (yes I know we could eat outside but have you been outside in FL these days? ugh.)
Yep, we always eat something for dessert around here. It was how I was raised so . . . it is what it is! BUT usually it’s something small, like a square of dark chocolate which yes, even the kids like. I am dreading the influx of Halloween candy because I would much rather them eat sweets without 935734 additives colors and HFCS, but I also don’t want to be that mom who takes it all away . . . sigh.
(Will there be Halloween this year? Maybe not! I wouldn’t be sad . . .)
((Our go-to brand is Theo and my favorite variety of theirs is the Sea Salt.))
1-2x/week we do ice cream or popsicles instead. I buy Haagen Dazs or Talenti gelato most of the time because . . . YOLO. Josh has a Friday ice cream bar ritual and sometimes I jump onto that bandwagon as well.
I am pretty happy with our current eating routines. I really have no desire to follow any strict diet or meal plan (readers may recall that I dove headfirst into paleo for about a year in 2015). I DO wish I could eat more slowly and mindfully (I know, such a cliche, but seriously). I could also use a few more healthy and easy lunch choices, now that I think about it. So suggestions welcome!
Has your eating changed during the pandemic? Anyone else a paleo ex-pat? Am I missing out on any amazing dark chocolate brands? LET ME KNOW!