I haven't posted a menu in a while, but I thought I'd go ahead and post a some pictures of my day - in food. When I tell people what I eat they ask me how in the world I'm following diet, or they just give me an "Ew, that sounds gross"..... It's not gross. What I tend to believe is that they aren't used to eating healthy foods so it sounds gross because their palette has been ruined by fast food and unhealthy options. I do make myself have a cheat day (or cheat afternoon) every week. Even on my cheat days I don't go all out crazy but there is a spike in my calorie intake. And honestly, while I enjoy the things I treat myself to on my cheat days (sweets, bread, fruit), I can't wait to get back to my normally healthy eating the next morning. So here's what my average day looks like.....
*Chocolate Black Bean Protein Shake (black beans, chocolate protein, cocoa powder, coconut almond milk blend, ice, dry instant coffee)
*Pumpkin Greek Yogurt (Plain Greek Yogurt, cinnamon, splenda packet, canned pumpkin)
*a few nuts (Planters Nutrition South Beach Diet Mix) - not pictured
*Protein Shake (chocolate protein powder, black beans, white kidney beans, canned pumpkin, liquid egg whites, ice, coconut/almond milk blend) - not pictured
*Veggie Tuna Skillet (tuna, spinach, white kidney beans, black beans, mushrooms, onion - sauteed together, and then topped with salsa)
*Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry (this is a pre-packaged frozen blend from WalMart - comes with no sauce/seasoning so very low sodium, I usually season with Mrs. Dash or Perfect Pinch Salt Free varieties)
*Veggie/Bean Skillet (black beans, chickpeas, spinach, mushrooms, onions sauteed together - topped with a bit of shredded cheddar cheese)
Outside of my regular three meals a day, I also have some snacks..... Some of my typical snacks include.....
*raw broccoli w/roasted red pepper hummus
*peanut butter mixed with chocolate protein powder - and then frozen
*cucumber "chips" with Salsa
I mostly just drink water. Seriously. I do drink Hot Tea in the mornings, for my caffeine kick. Occasionally I'll have a cup of hot tea (decaf) in the evenings. But throughout the day I drink water. A lot of water. I do have soda once or twice a week. A few times a week I also spruce up my water with Crystal Light. But on average I'm drinking 15-20 cups of water a day (usually on the higher end when I work out hard, or sweat a lot during my workouts).