Hi friends! How’s everyone doing today?
As I mentioned last week, I’ve been limiting the amount of carbs in my diet to try lose a couple of pounds before our engagement party next weekend. I’m not doing anything too drastic – hello, did you see my weekend recap? – but I am trying to clean up my eats a little so I can feel the best I can during the party. I’ve been at the same weight for a few years now, and it would be great to just lose a pound or two more, if for no other reason than to prove that I can get over this hump!
Anyway, I read recently about the benefits of a high-fat, low-carb diet, so I thought that would be a good place to start.
Here’s a look at what I’ve been eating lately as part of that meal plan!
The juice game is still going strong in our home, and Fabio and I have a glass of it almost every morning. I just feel so much better starting the day off with all those nutrients!
As far as “real” breakfasts go, we’ve been having eggs. Lots and lots of eggs. veggie scrambles have become my go-to, and recently I’ve been making one egg + one egg white + sautéed mushrooms and bell peppers. Sometimes I throw a little cheddar cheese on top if I’m feeling fancy. Yum!
I’ve also been making a lot of hardboiled eggs lately (and did some research on how to make them easier to peel) which I’ll usually pair with some nuts (either almonds or walnuts) and berries (either blueberries or raspberries).
The plan I’m following also isn’t no carb, it’s low carb, so low carb tortillas and certain types of bread (like sprouted grain bread) are fine in small doses. Last week I made breakfast tacos with Jones Dairy Farm sausage patties (only three ingredients!), scrambled eggs, and salsa on a low carb tortilla. This breakfast was delicious!
When we’re not eating eggs we’ve been eating avocado toast (a slice of bread topped with 1/4 avocado, a slice of turkey bacon, sliced tomato, and cheddar cheese – thrown under the broiler until melty).
And also smoothies! To make this one I combined light coconut milk with 2 tbsp. chia seeds and let them soak for about 10 minutes. Then I added the mixture to the food processor with some frozen fruit – we had mango and strawberries on hand – and then tasted and added a little honey for sweetness. Ever since trying an acai bowl in California, I’m obsessed with having smoothies in a bowl (it feels more like ice cream that way!) so I served mine in a bowl with some nuts on top for crunch.
If nothing else, following this type of meal plan has forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and move away from having bowls of cereal every morning!
Ah – just when I talk about trying something new, I show you a picture of something I eat every single day. Sigh.
Ok, ok, so I’m still eating a salad almost every single day, but at least I’m trying to add some variety in the ingredients I’m using! Most days, my bowl consists of mixed greens, chicken, feta cheese, carrots, apples, and 1/4 avocado. Having the avocado in my salads has been such a treat – I love the creamy texture it adds.
Some days I’ll get a little crazy and make a Mexican-type salad with mixed greens, chicken, tomatoes, carrots, cheddar cheese, and a salsa-based dressing, but then I usually miss having something sweet in there.
What can I say? I know what kind of salads I like.
Snacks have been different from my typical apple as well! I’ve been enjoying celery with peanut butter…
…nuts and berries…
…string cheese (unpictured)…
…and small bowls of plain Greek yogurt with more nuts and berries! This snack is especially tasty after dinner when I’m craving something sweet. The thick yogurt is so satisfying! (It’s not chocolate, but it’s still good.)
Speaking of dinners, we’ve been having some good ones.
One night we had baked chicken with a honey mustard dressing (I just slathered my favorite spicy/sweet honey mustard on top of the chicken and then baked it at 375 for about 13 minutes until it was done), sautéed spinach and kale, and mashed cauliflower.
This meal was really tasty, but the texture of the mashed cauliflower was a little grainy. Anyone know if that’s how it always turns out?
Another good meal was pork loin with apples!
To make this, I sautéed the pork on high heat until there was a “crust” on all sides, then removed it to a pan. Then I added a chopped apple and diced carrots, onions, and celery to the pan and let everything cook for a few minutes in the drippings from the pork. Yum. Then I added the veggies to the pan with the pork and finished everything up in the oven. This meal was loosely based off of this recipe but I wound up changing a lot of things. It was a good one!
Then there was the salmon and asparagus I told you guys about last week! We are planning to have this again very soon. 🙂
My favorite meal of all though has got to be a burger that Fabio grilled for us one night last week when the weather was nice!
I wound up using two pieces of romaine lettuce for the “bun” then made sure to top my burger with all kinds of goodies: Swiss cheese, turkey bacon, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. With all those flavors, I really didn’t miss the bun (that much…haha). We had some asparagus on the side and I might have had half of Fabio’s beer too. 😉
Overall I’d say my meal plan is going well, but I don’t plan on sticking with it long-term. I’ve learned a few tips and tricks for cutting down carbs which I’m sure I’ll continue to follow, but I really don’t believe in “diets” and I don’t think they’re sustainable long-term. I prefer to do the best I can the majority of the time, but sometimes you just want the bun on the cheeseburger. 😉
Question of the day: How do you feel about diets?