Appetizers, sauces, side dishes
Vegetarian Main Courses
Non-vegetarian Main Courses
Peanut butter chunk cookies (gluten-free, vegan)
What I eat
For me, maintaining a healthy weight is 90% “diet” and 10% exercise. I put diet in quotations because I don’t mean this in the sense of being on a diet; I mean this by what you put in your mouth.
Over the years, my diet has evolved. When I started losing weight I depended on 100 calorie packs and packaged goods. I’m not saying I never use those (100 calorie packs of almonds are still one of my favorite snacks), but I try to focus on non-processed, natural foods. This means lean protein, whole grains, fruits and veggies.
I’ve also recently cut out most meat. I had already begun eating less meat – but in February I watched Food, Inc. and it made me consider cutting out meat completely. I should stress the goal of the filmmakers is not to make people vegetarian. But for me, I thought about the environmental impact of the meat I had been eating and decided to cut back. I do not label myself as a vegetarian. I eat meat on occasion, but 99% I eat meatless.
I love to cook – so cooking most of my meals is not a problem for me. I’ve also mastered the quick-bring-lunch-to-work morning routine, so feel free to ask any questions if you need tips on that! Below is a typical grocery list and some recipes I’ve posted on the blog.
Grocery List (staples)
- Leafy Greens: Spinach (the amount I eat is INSANE), Kale
- Veggies: Peppers, cucumbers, baby carrots, squash, onion, sweet potatoes, broccoli
- Fruits: apples, bananas, oranges, peaches, grapes, berries
Dairy/Dairy Substitutes/Eggs (I don’t eat a lot dairy personally, but I don’t find anything wrong with it either)
- Skim milk or unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
- Low-fat string cheese
- Low-fat shredded cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Cage-free eggs (I go through at least a dozen a week)
- Laughing Cow Cheeses
- Feta cheese
- Goat cheese
- Greek yogurt
Meat alternative (protein!)
- Extra-firm Tofu
- Beans – black beans and garbanzo are my favorites
- Morningstar/Boca burgers, sausage patties, etc
- Dr. Praegger’s burgers
- Almond butter
- Kashi cereals and granola bars
- Hummus. Lots and lots of hummus.
- Salsa (to put on omelets)
- Frozen meals for a pinch (ethnic gourmet, amy’s)
- Frozen veggies. I learned after a few snow storms that frozen veggies are important.
- Annie’s salad dressings. Lite honey mustard = heaven.
- Soups: black bean, roasted red pepper & tomato, butternut squash.
- 100 calorie almond packs
- Whole wheat bread
- Multi-grain english muffins
- Whole wheat tortilla wraps