I often get asked to share pictures of the types of food I eat during the day.  I used to be pretty good at posting pictures regularly, and you can see examples by visiting the sample meal plan part of my website.  It’s been a while since I posted an entire day’s worth of meals though, so for day 10 of my 30 Days of Blogging Challenge (click here to learn more about that challenge), I thought I would share with you guys some pictures of my meals today.

Let me preface all this by saying that I don’t eat the same thing every day.  Some people can do that and like the consistency, but when I eat the same thing every day, I start to get really bored with my food and usually fall off track.  So, although these are pictures of the meals I ate on one particular day, it doesn’t mean that this is what I eat every single day.  I typically aim for a certain number of carbs/fats/proteins (aka macros) each day and eat a huge variety of foods, the main thing I am concerned about is staying withing my calorie and macro range.  For the most part, I try to stick with clean, whole foods that are nutrient dense.  If you are not sure what that means or are looking for a good place to start learning about eating a healthier diet, check out my Where to Begin post that has good tips for getting started when wanting to change your diet and get healthier.

So, with that being said…..here is a pretty good idea of the types of foods I eat each day.

Preworkout (5am):
Lately I’ve started drinking what I like to call a ‘Superfood Shake’ right before my workout.  I love it!  It has all kinds of superfoods in it that are great for overall health.  My favorite part are the cocao nibs.  They aren’t sweet like chocolate chips, but they make the shake a tiny bit crunchy.  I drink this before every workout, it has a bunch of healthy fats and 9g of fiber!
Here is what I put in the shake:
-1 scoop MRM Rich Vanilla All Natural Protein Powder
-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-7g chia seeds
-7g flax seeds
-7g cocao nibs
-big handful of spinach (forgot to show that in picture below)
-a few ice cubes
-1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

During Workout:
MRM Reload (BCAA+G)

PostWorkout (6:30am or so):
-33g (3 Tbsp) cream of wheat
-21g (1 Tbsp) raw honey
-Generous amount of pumpkin pie spice (because everything tastes better with pumpkin pie spice this time of year!)

Meal 1 (8am or so):
1 jumbo egg, 1 jumbo egg white.  These eggs really are jumbo sized, so if I were using a regular sized egg I would probably do two egg whites and one whole egg.  1/2 Avocado, 2 slices nitrate-free turkey bacon.  During this meal is also when I take my MRM Fresh Omega Norwegian Extra Virgin Salmon Oil and MRM Beyond Basics Multivitamin/Mineral.  I also usually have a cup of coffee (or two!) with skim milk.

Meal 2 (11am or so):
This meal is different every day, but most days I like something that is pretty quick since I’m usually not at home to eat it.  Today I made one of my favorite treats: chocolate peanut butter cheesecake.  Ok, it’s not really cheesecake but tastes like a healthier version of it.
Includes:
-Plain Greek Yogurt
-Kal brand stevia (one tiny scoop)
-Natural Peanut Butter
-PB2 (makes it taste extra peanut-buttery but not necessary)
-Chia seeds (love the crunch of the chia seeds!)
-Unsweetened cocoa powder (forgot to put in this picture)

Sometime between Meal 2 and Meal 3 I shared half a nectarine with my 3-year old.  I normally would have had the entire nectarine but the little guy wanted half, so we shared.

Meal 3 (3pm or so):
Usually for this meal I just do leftovers of whatever we had the night before.  Today I had 2 cups (310g) of spaghetti squash and 1 cup of my homemade 30-minute turkey spaghetti sauce recipe (same one I filmed with Bodybuilding.com).  This time I made the sauce with mushrooms, bell peppers, and zucchini in it.  The food was heaping over the top of the bowl but I forgot to take a picture!  Sorry, I was a few bites shy of finishing when I thought, “oh shoot I should take a picture of this!”

Meal 4 (7pm or so):
I sauteed random veggies I had in my fridge (kale, red onions, red peppers and broccoli) in 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil and seasoned heavily with sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.  Added chicken I had grilled earlier in the week and Trader Joe’s brown rice medley (brown rice, black barley and Daikon radish seeds).  Best part?  Took less than 5 minutes from start to finish.

After Dinner Snack (9pm or so):
I still had some calories left (mostly carbs and fat) and so after dinner I snacked on some mini caramel flavored brown rice cakes and habanero bbq almonds.

And called it a night!  I hope this is helpful for you.  I used to think that in order to lose weight I always had to cut carbs at night.  But, the past month I have been trying something new and eating most of my carbs at night.  As long as I don’t go over my daily allotment for carbs, I have found that it doesn’t really matter when I am eating them.  Eating my carbs at night has helped me feel like I have more energy for my earlier workouts and I am still losing weight (I’ve lost 14lbs in the past 6 weeks).  Because I always get asked this question: yes, I am still breastfeeding.  My daughter is five months old and so we are exclusively breastfeeding still, but I will start to introduce solids later this month.

On days I don’t workout, my meals don’t change all that much.  The only difference is that I don’t have my post-workout carbs.  Everything else pretty much stays the same.

I hope this is helpful!  If you have any questions, leave them as a comment below and I will answer as many as I can.  Please keep in mind that I’m not a dietician or personal trainer, this is just what I have found works for me and my body.

I am taking the weekend off from blogging so I will ‘see’ you guys on Monday!

Your Friend,
Natalie