This fortnight’s what I ate Wednesday isn’t green smoothies and kale salads! I had one of those days where I was disorganised, didn’t plan and life got busy. I almost considered not publishing this week’s Wednesday but then I decided I would for a couple of reasons. 1. to show I’m human. 2. That one day of having a few more of the ‘sometimes foods’ doesn’t mean that you are unhealthy. It’s just a day in the big picture.
So here it is and why my day panned out the way it did.
Breakfast: Muesli with Greek yoghurt and berries.
One of my breakfasts on rotation at the moment is this. I’m loving the combination of all three of these. My breakfast was a good start to the day for me. Wholegrain carbohydrate from the oats with some nuts/seeds for healthy fat, fruit plus protein from the Anchor Greek yoghurt and milk. Yummy and sustaining.
Today at work I spent the morning at a clinic in Martinborough. I usually take fruit and nuts with me but today I forgot. I had a cheese scone at the clinic. Yep, refined carbs – white flour and lots of cheese. I hardly ever eat scones, so in context not really a biggie.
When I got back from Martinborough, I decided I’d go for a quick run before getting something to eat. I hadn’t made my lunch so I had to buy it. I ran with my card and stopped to get something at a cafe on the way back. It was after 1pm by the time I got back . The first place I went to only had pastries or bacon and egg sandwiches. The next cafe I went to was also pretty cleared out. I didn’t have time to go anywhere else, so I chose a curried chicken and kumara filo which came with a salad and got it to go. The salad is really more a garnish than a salad – one serve of vegetable is 1 cup of lettuce, and this probably would have been about 1/3 of a cup if I was lucky. I had a tomato at work so I added this to it to bump up the vegetable. The filo was quite yummy but not something I’d go for when buying my lunch. The only other options were pastry based tarts or paninis.
I was a little hungry about 4pm. I had packed some berries, greek yoghurt and chia seeds with a sprinkle of chopped almonds. When I use frozen berries, I like to sprinkle over a teaspoon of chia seeds as these help absorb the liquid as they defrost. The nuts add a nice crunch.
I got home about 6pm but we ended up going out and visiting the inlaws, and stayed for longer than planned. They eat early, but we hadn’t eaten. We left about 7.30pm and were pretty hungry and tired so decided to get takeaways. Now for those that live in cities, you are lucky with the choices you have! My general go to are either a kebab or thai, and tonight we got thai as the kebab meat can be dry later on. I usually choose a stir fry that nearly always comes with HEAPS of vegetables, but of course to night it was super stingy! My husband got pad thai. I had a little of the pad thai and the stir fry with some rice.
I also had two mini easter eggs and two strawberries and a peach.
If I was looking at this critically, I’d say yes, refined carbs were featured in my day – scone, filo pastry, rice/fried noodles, that there weren’t enough vegetables. I’m sure plenty of people would judge me for this day and think well if you ate an omlette for breakfast you wouldn’t be hungry and you wouldn’t need snacks, or that I could have just cooked dinner or gone to the supermarket and got something that was quick to make, or that I should have been more prepared and made my own lunch and have things in the freezer blah blah. Of course I know those things. In general I don’t feel like eggs at breakfast. And I generally do make my own lunch and have quick easy things for nights when I can’t be bothered cooking. But today I didn’t and sometimes that happens in life.
There were some things about my day that were perfectly healthy. I guess the thing is that you learn from what happens. If you’re going to buy lunch, get it early rather than later. I’ll remember that the stir fry is stingy on the vegetables now, maybe order some plain stir fried vegetables too. Do a proper grocery shop so you are organised for lunches and dinner (didn’t really plan very well this week….)
I’ll be back in two weeks for another honest installation of “What I ate Wednesday”