I shared my typical, weekly grocery haul from Trader Joe’s on Monday (you can read HERE), so today I wanted to tell you some things I eat in a typical week!
You may have read my post a few weeks ago that I am doing a macro-tracking diet called Stronger U (you can read about that HERE), so I don’t usually make recipes, but instead I cook a lot of different things separately that I can build into meals (and easily track my macros). I will update you soon on how the diet is going (in short, I’m obsessed). Today I’m going to share some things I eat regularly. I definitely tend to eat the same few things over and over! I reference a lot of stuff from my Trader Joe’s Haul, so if you need more details on any of the ingredients, check out that post.
I mentioned in my grocery haul that I always buy ingredients for salads. I either make a salad with lettuce, cucumber, mushrooms, and onions + dressing and cheese (sometimes the cheese doesn’t fit my macros, so I don’t have it). Or I do arugula, parmesan, olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon, which is so good! I can add a protein to either of these and make it a meal, or I’ll have it as a side with dinner. Every week I sauté mushrooms and red onion and add both to everything all week (as you’ll see below).
Another thing I do is make veggies by bulk to have ready to eat. I LOVE the steam in the bag broccoli and broccoli/cauliflower mixes, so I’ll steam those in the microwave and then toss with the 21 Seasoning Salute. The green beans from Trader Joe’s are also steam in the bag; sometimes I do that or sometimes I boil them in water. And every week I slice zucchini really thin and sauté it in a little oil. I also wash and chop a big container of strawberries every week for an easy carb source.
I cook a lot of meat at the beginning of the week to stay stocked up. We always have ground chicken or turkey cooked; it’s easy to throw on a salad or in pasta or in a bowl with veggies and lentils. I also frequently bake chicken breast with a jar of salsa. It keeps the chicken moist and is great for tacos or wraps (or again on a salad or with steamed veggies). We mostly eat chicken, but two of our other favs are turkey breast and pork tenderloins (Lance usually does these on the grill).
Let’s talk about what I eat!
Smoothie. This one was 1/2 cup almond milk, 100 g of strawberries, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, half a container of fat free greek yogurt, and ice.
Egg whites with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, Applegate turkey links (or turkey bacon), and Ezekiel toast. Or I will swap out the toast and have strawberries or a bowl of cereal as my carb.
TJ’s Multigrain Waffle topped with peanut butter, greek yogurt, honey, and chia seeds.
This is Cauliflower Fried Rice (frozen TJ’s), ground chicken, sautéed mushrooms and onions, and steamed broccoli. It was under 200 calories and super satisfying! It would be great to make ahead on Sunday and portion out for the week for lunches on the go.
If I’m craving pizza, this is what I will have. These are Ezekiel Sprouted Grain tortillas. I bake them slightly and then top with Tomato Basil Marinara, chicken or turkey pepperoni, shredded mozzarella cheese, and red pepper flakes. You can add sautéed onions and mushrooms, too (I seriously add them to everything!). Pop back into the oven until the cheese melts. I mean, it’s not REAL pizza, but it definitely curbs the craving.
A big ole salad is another lunch go-to. This one is lettuce, cucumber, mushrooms, sautéed red onion, turkey breast, and blue cheese crumbles. I dressed it with olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Cold bean salad with green beans (cooked and cooled) and white beans (just from a can) tossed in Greek dressing. Then I toasted a piece of sourdough and topped it with Eggplant Garlic Spread (from TJ’s), chopped chicken, shredded cheddar, and red pepper flakes. I popped it under the broiler to melt the cheese. Yum!
My number one dinner is tacos (sorry, they are never attractive to photograph)! Two tortillas, ground chicken, shredded cheddar, jalapeños, pico, and sour cream with zucchini on the side. This meal is just 350 calories!
A great remix on tacos is a taco salad. This one has lettuce, sautéed onions and mushrooms, grilled peppers, pico, ground chicken, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips. This whole bowl also comes in under 350 calories.
Another go-to dinner is pasta. I usually do ground chicken or turkey, pasta (this is Brown Rice and Quinoa Pasta from TJ’s), zucchini, sautéed mushrooms and red onion, and the Tomato Basil Marinara (also from TJ’s). I top with red pepper flakes and sometimes a little mozzarella or parmesan.
My general plan is that I eat as clean as possible during the week and then let myself splurge a little on the weekends. And by ‘splurge’ I mean that I still stay in my macros, but I fit in something like the Gorgonzola Gnocchi pictured above. This meal was half a chicken breast, Gorgonzola Gnocchi (frozen from TJ’s), and salad of lettuce, cucumber, mushrooms, and parmesan with oil and vinegar.
This is something I love for lunch or dinner and would also be easy to make in bulk and measure out in advance. It is steamed broccoli, sautéed zucchini, ground chicken, and steamed lentils (from TJ’s in the produce section). It is so filling, healthy, and low calorie. And my other go-to salad combo: arugula, parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh black pepper.
I LOVE snacks and prefer my meals to be around 200-300 calories so I can eat several snacks throughout the day. Here are some of my typical snacks:
Think Thin protein bars (I love Creamy Peanut Butter and S’more)
2 Rice Cakes + almond butter
Applegate turkey pepperoni
Greek yogurt ranch dip with cucumbers
Dark chocolate peanut butter cups (every single night!)
Veggie Straws (I buy single serving bags)
So that’s what I’ve been eating lately! As you can see, I try to eat green vegetables every day, minimal fruit, and most of my meals are a balance of carb, protein, and fat. I also really try and eat things I enjoy, otherwise I end up binge-eating things that I shouldn’t be eating. Let me know if there is anything you love eating that you think I would like. Thanks for reading!