This is actually NOT Cassey! This is Breanna (or Bre, since we’re friends now) – the registered dietitian at Blogilates! Cassey and I have worked on a few really fun projects together, like the 90 Day Journey Meal Plan.
Maybe you met me on my live Q&A with Cassey on IG earlier this year!
Exciting news!! Starting with this post, I’ll be here on the blog answering your biggest questions about nutrition and talking about my favorite thing – food!
And on that note…
I’m going to do something I said I would never do…
A “what I eat in a day” post.
I’m not a fan of these in pretty much any other circumstance because well, what’s the point? We’re not the same, right?!
Your needs and your life aren’t the same as mine. So is it really helpful for me to encourage you to eat the same way as me, or for you to just copy what I do because of my credentials? No, not really.
I decided to make this post NOT because I want you to copy what I do. I’m doing this because it feels like the best way to show you my real life nutrition philosophy. What I find most important about food, and how there is no “perfect” diet.
Things to know before I flood your screen with very *not* professional food pics:
1. I love nutrition because I love food. All food (wellll except cilantro 😉)
2. I’m a mom of two young boys, and a husky (yes, dogs count as children too). I work from home, usually while also doing my mom thing. Some days I have the energy and motivation to meal prep, chop all the veggies, and drink tons of water.
Other days, I quickly throw together a pb&j for lunch and literally leave myself reminders to drink water because otherwise, I’ll realize at 5pm that I haven’t seen my water bottle in hours. I have cravings and I love pizza. If you invite me to a pitch-in, I’m probably bringing cookies.
3. I don’t currently have specific training goals. I’m focused on balance and eating intuitively to maintain where I’m at.
4. I strongly believe in the power of nutrition, but I also believe that all foods fit.
So now that you know the basics about me, here’s a typical day of what this RD eats in a day.
Mornings are sacred to me. Every day, I set an alarm to be up at least an hour before I expect my kids to wake up (lol at me trying to predict this). I do this for two reasons:
- To get some work done
This is also when I drink coffee, because I refuse to believe moms need to settle for cold coffee unless it’s iced on purpose. This helps me ease into the day while doing something productive.
Breakfast: Protein Waffles + Banana
I go through phases with breakfast. Right now, I’m loving Kodiak waffles. My fave waffle/pancake toppings:
- Hemp seeds – For a little boost of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
- Blueberry “syrup” – I take a handful of blueberries (usually frozen) and microwave them until they get a little jammy. I’d say 20 seconds for fresh bluebs and about a minute for frozen. Then I mash them all up with a fork and pour over my waffles. This is one thing from this post you SHOULD copy. It’s so good.
- Maple syrup – If I don’t have blueberries or I’m just not feeling it that day, I go for regular pure maple syrup. Yes, the kind with actual sugar.
I also eat half of a banana not because it’s ever wrong to eat the entire banana. I eat half because I share with my one year-old and I know he won’t finish an entire banana.
Snack: Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
This is usually my pre-workout snack. If you’re thinking that mid-morning is a weird time to workout, I agree! I prefer to work out bright and early, and eventually I’ll get back to that. But first I need to work on getting to bed earlier.
Lunch: Big Salad With Chicken
If I’m eating a salad as an entree, it has to be good and filling. When I make my own at home, I pile on as much as possible. I mean, this is a MEAL, right?! I usually include:
- Greens – Romaine is my favorite. Sometimes I mix in spinach
- Veggies – Whatever I have on hand and/or needs used
- Protein – Today I used chicken but I also like chickpeas, boiled egg, or beans
- Crunch – A must. I loooove using Parmesan crisps, but I also throw in some hemp seeds (these things also add protein!)
- Dressing – My fave is a simple mix of olive oil, vinegar, stone ground mustard, garlic, and some herbs. But sometimes I go for classic ranch.
Afternoon Snack: Orange + Cheese
This is my “nap time” snack (ahem, the one I get to eat uninterrupted, with no one stealing bites).
Today I had an orange and Babybell cheese. Sometimes I go for veggies and hummus, peanut butter-filled pretzels or a cookie I baked the night before. I almost always have another cup of coffee. I try to go half-caff unless it’s been ✨a day✨
Dinner: Honey Mustard Chicken + Coconut Rice + Green Beans
I could eat this meal every single day.
By the time we make it to dinner, I’m pretty fried. I have to be really careful not to plan meals that take a lot of effort or time to cook, no matter how ambitious I’m feeling when I make our weekly grocery list.
I love this meal because everyone in my family enjoys it and it requires very little effort. That’s how a meal becomes a staple for me. The coconut rice basically makes itself in my Instant Pot. For green beans, I always sauteé with lots of garlic.
Fun fact: this is one of the few veggies my husband will actually eat (he has really broadened his horizons though, so if you’re picky, keep trying foods in different ways!).
Nice and simple. Sometimes, my husband and I have a bowl of ice cream after the kids go to bed and it feels like a mini vacay.
That’s what I ate today! Tasty, right?! What surprised you? What can you take away from this?!
I could write forever about everything I want you to take away from this post, but we’ll save some insight for future posts! For now, here are the key things I wanted to shine through:
– I will never demonize carbs
– There is no textbook “perfect” way of eating
– I prefer to focus on ways to ADD nutrition. Not restrict (with the exception of allergies, sensitivities, etc.)
What should we talk about next?!
The weekly posts I’m working on will dive further into some of the key points above, but I really want to know what YOU would like to learn about.
So, how can I help?! What questions do you have about healthy eating? What do you struggle with?
Tell me in the comments!!!