A Day Off and Recent Eats

by Brittany on February 13, 2014

I woke up this morning bright and early to about a half a foot of snow…..and it was still coming down hard.  When I realized there was no way I was going anywhere today, I tip-toed out of the bedroom (to avoid waking the dogs), made myself some coffee, and read a chapter of my book in the quiet.  ahhh…so nice!

After quiet time, I threw on a couple layers of clothes and took the dogs for a mile walk.  It was still snowing hard, no plows had come yet, and there was definitely NOBODY else out on the roads.  The snow might be a pain in the ass, but it is definitely pretty and so much fun to play in.

I’ve been hoarding food pics in my phone from the past week or so and thought I’d purge with a recent eats post.

clean eating meals

I go through phases with foods.  To keep meal prep simple, I tend to stick to the same foods for a while until I get tired of them.  One food I’m sadly over for now is Broiled Cod.  We had a good run, and it was fun while it lasted, but after I go through what’s left in my freezer, I think I’ll stay away for a while.  I just overdid it.

One food I’m really LOVING these days is grilled chicken salads.  I usually don’t start craving grilled chicken salads until the weather warms up, but I’m not complaining.  It’s one of those meals you can get at almost any restaurant, making it super convenient.

grilled chicken salad

The salad pictured above (from Blue Moose Bar and Grille) was extra amazing.  The chicken was pounded down thin and seasoned with old bay and the vegetables were so fresh.  I can’t wait to go back for another.

I’ve also been eating a lot of sweet potatoes. In the picture above I paired them with scrambled eggs but I’ve been eating them with chicken and beef roast as well.  When I don’t feel like getting out the food processor for sweet potato chips, I simply quarter them and pop them under the broiler for 10-15 minutes then sprinkle with cinnamon.  I like to cook up a big batch at one time to have handy for the week (for more meal prep tips check out this post).

Lastly, the return of the peanut butter egg white oats.  There’s nothing better than a big bowl of hot oats when the weather is below freezing and there’s a foot of snow on the ground.

hot oats recipe

Other food items I’ve been loving lately include Greek yogurt, chocolate milk in my post-workout shake, pico de gallo on everything, and Larabars.

I’m a very conscious eater and pay close attention to what I’m eating, when, and how much.  Since I tend to over eat, I set macronutrient goals for the day and keep a food journal to hold me accountable and keep me from eating mindlessly.  I’ve been aiming for 140 grams of protein, 125 grams of carbs, and 30 grams of fat a day.  This adds up to roughly 1500 calories. On training days I bump up the carbs to closer to 140 grams which also increases total calories.  After being sick for months and not able to stick to an eating schedule, it feels really good to get back into a routine with my meals and to eat all the healthy foods I love without discomfort.

Q: Do you plan your meals in advance?  What foods have you been loving lately? Do you track your macro nutrients?

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Riss February 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Isn’t 1500 calories too low for someone so active?! I’m trying to lose some weight as well and I can’t really determine what a good intake is. How do you know?

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Brittany February 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

I go back and forth between 1500 and 2000 depending on my activity level. I’m actually not as active as you may think as my full time job is a desk job that keeps me sitting most of the day. There are many good calculators online that can help you determine what your numbers should be. I will send you a link.

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GiGi Eats February 13, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Your quiet morning sounds like a magical treat :) As you said, the snow can definitely be a pain in the butt, but there is nothing quite like a morning where no one is outside, the snow is falling and all you hear is some snow falling off treats. So calming. It’s such a great time to just think about everything!

And I ADORE CHICKEN SALADS – I don’t know what it is about them, but the chicken, MMM!! I think it’s because I don’t ever cook chicken myself, so when I eat chicken salads it’s at restaurants – where they know how to PERFECT chicken! :)

I hope you have another snow day tomorrow!

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