So I spent ages trying to decide what my first post should be about, and as I get SO many messages on this subject I thought food would be a good place to start! I love routine, so during the week I tend to stick to the same foods to keep things simple and easy. At weekends, when I have a little more time, I’ll be a bit more experimental with what I eat. I try and cut out processed foods and refined sugar as much as possible, so I find planning my meals for the week really helps me stay on track! I don’t ever have fizzy drinks, however I do have a massive sweet tooth and always end up craving chocolate or dessert (one of my biggest weaknesses), so to help with this I’ll always try and have a healthy alternative available to stop me binging! Once you get used to clean eating, you’ll find that you won’t crave sugary treats as much. I LOVE to bake, so I try to find healthy ways to make some of my favourite sugary treats which I can then snack on during the week. When it comes to ‘cheat’ meals, I don’t limit myself to a certain amount per week – some weeks will be worse than others, and some I’m completely clean! I’ve learnt to be fairly disciplined but it is absolutely okay to say yes to the occasional treat! Generally, the below is the plan I try and stick to…
I usually workout in the mornings around 6am, so after this I’ll make a protein smoothie. I make this in my Nutribullet which takes less than 2 mins – you can even prepare all the ingredients the night before! I really struggle to drink protein shakes, so this is why I make smoothies! I try and mix up the ingredients but generally I’ll use frozen berries, banana, spinach and vanilla protein.
Breakfast number 2! This is usually when I get to work around 2 hours after my smoothie. 99% of the time I eat oats/porridge – I LOVE oats! Funnily enough I used to hate the texture of porridge when I was younger, but now I’ve got the consistency right it’s SO good. I usually add courgette to make ‘zoats’ – this just helps to bulk it out a little, and you get all of the extra nutrients too! I make this with water and unsweetened almond milk, then most days top with a banana and some pumpkin seeds. At weekends I add more fruit, almond butter, homemade granola – the list could go on! I’ll always have this with a black coffee or if I want to treat myself I’ll have a soya latte. I cannot stand cows milk – I’m not allergic but I’ve had an issue drinking this since I was 15 or so. As an alternative I’ll always have soy/almond milk.
Lunch is usually meat/fish with carbs (I mix this up between sweet potato, quinoa, wholemeal rice or pasta) and lots of vegetables/salad. Here I’ve made tuna, roasted sweet potato, hummus, roasted chickpeas and salad.
I always have the munchies at 3/4pm so I always make sure I have something in stock at work to stop me snacking on anything naughty! I either have plain yogurt (Fage 0%/Skyr) with fruit or muesli, a protein bar or a handful of nuts (unsalted). My all time favourite protein bars are Squarebars – if you haven’t already, you HAVE to try these! If I have time at the weekend, I’ll bake something like healthy banana bread which should last me a few days into the week. Having this with a little almond butter is the perfect 3pm slump treat!
I LOVE experimenting with new recipes and flavours, but I also love quick and simple dinners. I usually use the same principle as lunch – I’ll have meat/fish with carbs and lots of veg or salad! A classic staple for me is lean beef mince with wholemeal rice and courgetti which I make with a spiralizer. Here I’ve added some broccoli, peas and avocado!
Another one of my favourites is stir fry! It’s so so easy to do and one of the quickest meals out there. Here I’ve made chicken with wholewheat noodles and various vegetables. For the sauce I usually grate a little ginger, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 fresh red chilli, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp honey – you can add this to almost anything and it tastes so good!
Sometimes if I’m really starving and in need of something else I’ll make myself a flex bowl. This will usually be some yogurt/oats topped with fruit, almond butter and anything else I fancy that I have in the cupboards. Failing this, a square (or two!) of some 90% dark chocolate. I usually crave chocolate or a dessert unless I have this – so having these in stock stops the temptation!
Hopefully this gives you a little idea of what I eat to stay healthy and gives you a few tips to try yourself. I don’t track my calories but when I have I try to eat around 1,800+ cals per day! I used to eat way less than this, and found I was lacking energy and always hungry. I’ve now come to the conclusion that if you’re hungry, EAT! Last but not least, drink LOTS of water. I drink probably around 3L a day on average. I used to make the mistake of thinking I was hungry, when actually I was completely dehydrated and just needed a large glass of water. If you have any questions feel free to drop me a message!