I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while, inspired by fellow blogger sophielaetitia! I love seeing what other people’s routines are around food. For me, food completely structures my day and I’m constantly thinking about what I’ll eat next. I always eat breakfast, and then start counting down to lunch pretty much the moment I finish my morning commute. I like to take interesting lunches to work to look forward to. Then after lunch it’s all about pondering what I’ll have for dinner. And then repeat!
No two days are the same, but here’s the typical things I usually eat.
I used to be really bad at having breakfast. For maybe 2.5 years I was a desk-eater, and usually opting for Belvitas or a sugar-packed ‘breakfast bar’. Don’t get me wrong those things are delicious and I still buy them but as I’ve started to exercise more I’m making more of an effort to incorporate fruit and protein into my diet.
I’ll usually eat a mishmash of fruit and yoghurt with various additions:
- 3-4 tbsp low fat Greek yoghurt
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- Handful blueberries, strawberries or a banana chopped up
- 2 tsp flax seeds or superfood seed mix
- Drizzle of honey
Sometimes I add a crushed up ginger biscuit (or any biscuit lying around) to entertain my sweet tooth, and/or some Ritter Sport Fine Extra Dark chocolate chopped up (seriously the BEST dark chocolate I’ve ever had).
That’s Monday-Friday. If it’s the weekend, it will usually be all about EGGS. We don’t get up til 10/11ish so we’ll make a big delicious brunch with eggs, cured ham, mushrooms, asparagus… whatever is in the fridge. Gary makes the perfect poachies.
Like any office worker, I love my snacks. I try to keep them healthy, but I cannot say no to afternoon chocolate with a cup of tea. During the morning I’ll usually have a banana with a cup of tea around 10.30-11ish, or I take a big bag of clementines into work and eat those.
I also keep a snack drawer of things that don’t go off, it’s usually more full than this, but I was actually eating some left over Easter egg chocolate at the time of writing.
Lunch is usually leftovers or meal prep from the weekend. I try to have different things every day because I get bored. So Monday might be a slice of this delicious quiche (pictured) with salad, Tuesday could be a tuna sandwich, Wednesday might be quiche again.
I do a lot of meal prep and think carefully about my lunches during the week so I’m not caught out – we only have a small cafeteria downstairs that isn’t very nice so it’s essential I bring something every day.
Some of my favourite recent lunches have been:
After lunch I like to drink a green tea to settle my stomach, and I usually have a bit of dark chocolate or other small treat just to curb my sugar cravings. I don’t believe in ‘bad’ or ‘good’ foods but I try and keep sweet treats in moderation.
In Yorkshire we call this ‘tea’ and in our house it’s usually very unorganised. I’d love to say I cook something beautiful every night but honestly on weeknights it can be a real struggle. Depending on gym routine, if I’m not on a rest day I will eat when I get back from the gym, and it will usually be something quick and high protein like scrambled eggs and wholegrain toast, chicken and pitta, avocado and poached eggs, or leftovers from the freezer.
If it’s a rest day and I have time, I’ll cook something a bit more adventurous like Sweet Red Pepper and Goats Cheese Pasta or Sweet Chilli Salmon with Spicy Vegetable Noodles, or use up any extra veg in the fridge with a spicy stir fry. We don’t eat much meat in the week but I’m always conscious of hitting my protein intake so I tend to pad dishes out with egg or fish.
After dinner I’ll usually round off with a camomile or herbal tea, often with a bit of honey if I’m craving sugar again. If I’m still hungry I’ll have some toast or biscuits with it. Or chocolate. Or all three.
That’s it! I’d love to hear what everyone else eats – let me know 🙂