I don’t think I’ve ever been so thankful for a Sunday in my life. After getting only 2 hours of sleep on Saturday and working all day, by the time the evening rolled around I was more then ready for a day of rest. Although we’ve basically tied up things at the fitness center, I’m now faced with getting ready to move out of home and start uni – yikes! I’m not sure if I’m nervous of exited at this point – so I’m trying not to think about it too much. I’ll just try to go with the flow and enjoy the ride. But there’s still a lot to do before I go – so it’s still gonna be busy, busy, busy for me.
The funny thing I noticed is how much my diet changed during this busy time. I switched from oats in the morning to cereal – would you believe I only ate oats twice this whole week. Who am I?
One of the few peaceful breakfasts I enjoyed this week – oatbran topped with smashed banana and almond butter
(I actually have kind of a confession to make. I think I might be getting bored of oats or something, because they don’t seem to taste as good as they once did. Maybe I just need a break, or I need to find a different way of making them, because right now they’re kinda blah. Which is depressing because they were my staple healthy breakfast for a long time now.)
Lunches looked more or less like this all week long – if you show me another sandwich I think I might cry. Although I did manage to come home and have some quick “throw some grains, beans and veggies in a bowl” type meals and those were definitely a life saver. But ofr the most part lunch was scarfed down in 5 minutes flat in between paint jobs or floor scrubbing.
One of the few “at home” lunches I had. Tuna and cottage cheese sandwhich on whole-grain bread with baby spinach and tomatoes. I was trying to make it seem more appealing with the whole happy smile things 😛
Dinners were dependent on what time I came home. Since usually I got home around 8-9 pm I didn’t feel like eating a real meal. I did a few times, but I had a major stomach ache afterwards – eating a big meal that late really doesn’t work so well for me. So it was a lot of cereal dinners for me as well. At least I’ve found this amazing multi-grain cereal that is mad 100% of different grains – so I didn’t feel THAT bad eating them.
Early (8 PM) dinner meal – brown rice, beans and corn served with sauteed spinach and topped with nutritional yeast. One of the better quick dinners of the week
Late (10 pm) “dinner” – multigrain cereal and yogurt. At that point I was too tired to even think of anything else.
Snacks were generally this:
Times a million, along with apples and pears – the seasonal fruit. There were nuts too along with some yogurt and the occasional sandwich – but I was never too keen on those.
It was kind of a relality check for me, because I always thought I was really good at managing to keep up a healthy and balanced diet. Well this week definitely put that to the test and although I’d love to say I passed with flying colors – that wasn’t really the case. I guess I just need to do a bit more pre-planning when it comes to meals and snacks and not just rely on what I have available – because usually that isn’t really enough for me. Also I realized I enjoy meals a million times more when I can actually eat them sitting down – otherwise I just want to get them over with as soon as possible.
But this morning I started off on the right foot, and I have a feeling this trend will continue throughout the day 🙂
Oatmeal pancakes with smashed banana,almond butter, cottage cheese and strawberry jam – enjoyed with a side of coffee and blog reading – yeah I felt decadant doing that.
Lunch (not sandwhiches :P) homemade bean burgers on multi-grain bread – you have no idea how good it felt to sit down and eat this.
And I’m looking forward to a family dinner this evening and I honestly can’t wait 🙂
What are your staple “super busy time” foods? Do pre-make a lot of your food – or are you more of a go-with-the-flow type person?
Any new and creative oat (or non-oat) creations I should try for breakfast?