Starting a new job, moving to a new home and then renovating our house had definitely taken a toil on our healthy eating. Not to say we are currently expecting our first baby, things have gotten a little more interesting because I am constantly feeling tired and whenever I have the opportunity, I will try to get some nap time.
We have recently bought a new house and are in the process of re-modeling our kitchen. Part of the challenge of having no kitchen is eating out a lot more, and I mean a lot. What does our meals comprise of:
1. Breakfast – 3 hard boiled eggs, 1 piece of fruit and 1 cup of coffee
2. Snack – Lara bar and banana
3. Lunch – Take out at work
4. Snack – Handful of nuts
5. Dinner – Eating out (AGAIN!) or rehydrated mountain house food (which is not really paleo – with beef stew being the closest when we are in the mountain) or grilling.
It’s always nice to be able to have a bowl of hot soup anytime of the day and also have all the ingredients on hand. Even nicer is how warm and toasty it makes your belly feel :). Today is one of those days on a cold day and I just did not want to cook. Granted, I did plan for dinner to be a roast chicken from the grocery store, but I really did not feel like making the drive through. So my better half just volunteered 🙂 I know, I am lucky.
These couple of days, we had been in a rush and time was a blur because of work and buying a new home. We were in a rush and I did not follow through on the plans for dinner. As we were driving home, the question hits me on what to prepare for dinner since we are both hungry after the workout. I DID NOT want to ask the dreaded question -” What are we having for dinner?”
Some people love savory desserts, while others love sweeter ones. Mark and I always debate about what to make when we are baking desserts and generally I will go with the chocolate because that always hits the craving monster in the face and for me, I really can go either way. I grew up eating fruits for desserts, so sweet baked desserts are really nice to have.
One of the things that we miss a lot when we were doing strict paleo was mashed potato. There is something really special about the creamy, buttery goodness when you have a big mouthful of the mashed potato. This dish was an act of desperation to satisfy our cravings and soon it turned out to be a very versatile and tasty dish on its own. It can hold its own and we actually do not crave mashed potato anymore even though we have a small quantity of potato in our diets now.
On Saturday, we normally start the day working out and then go for weekly grocery shopping. Then we will proceed to eat lunch and prepare food for the week. We do not have anything else in the fridge, so when we got home, we really just want to eat immediately.
Today, we defaulted to a simple easy beef stir fry. It could be a chicken stir fry or just vegetable stir fry as well. Easy, simple and tasty ~ When I want to do something special, this is what we would do…..
One of the most challenging things for us, is that we are always hungry after we work out. I guess we should have a post work out recovery shake with us, but we rarely do. On a weekend, the hunger does unimaginable things to us -> It tempts us to go hunt for breakfast food! Therefore we generally enjoy going out to a power breakfast.
Why drink a green smoothie?
We started drinking green smoothies about two years ago when we got our Vitamix Blender. Mainly because our diet is high in protein and protein makes our bodies acidic, the green leafy vegetables help to balance out those levels. Also I was generally feeling like I was lacking in energy, green leafy vegetables are a great source of B vitamins that are essential to feeling healthy and energetic. Drinking a green smoothie a day is also a great way to boost your vegetable intake, we generally drink ours as a dessert after dinner, or it we are working out I will drink mine straight after the workout as a post workout drink.
Some days we just want to walk through the door to the aroma of a tasty meal awaiting us. The daily work life is already busy and many times we have little energy to cook when we come home. Mark and I crossfit from 6:30pm – 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. During the drive home is when we are the most vulnerable. Whenever we have a slow cooker meal waiting for us, our resolve is strong and we will resist eating out unnecessarily (thus blowing our workout and also our budget).