Daily Meals Diary

“This girl is preaching about eating healthy, but does she actually do it?”

I’m sure at some point or another, some of you have asked yourself this question. After all, how do we know that the people we follow on Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites are legit?

Maybe, it’s all a scam by companies trying to sell us on protein products we don’t need through people who just happen to look good.

Honestly… who knows.

I, myself, have asked this question several times. Now, that’s not to say that the people who make a living off being an influencer don’t work hard like they say they do. I’m just saying that a certain level of skepticism is expected by some of us that know how sneaky companies can be. Because of that, I decided to write a blog about what I eat on a daily basis, so that you can be the judge of my eating habits.

Before we begin, let me be perfectly clear about three things.

  1. I am not a nutritionist or a dietitian
  2. I am human, so yes I eat more than I should sometimes
  3. My diet is by no means perfect… it’s a working progress

Is that clear? If so, let’s begin.


Breakfast (Two Scenarios, Two Options)

Scenario #1

Woke up late and hungry, but I have to work out before going to work!

Choice: Protein Frappe 

protein_shake
Image by ‘gwendolynlifts’ via Tumblr

Ingredients:

  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk or Unsweetened Cashew Milk (serving should fill 1/2 of the Ninja personal smoothie blender)
  • Designer Whey Protein (1 scoop)
  • Powdered Peanut Butter (1 serving)
  • Lots of ice

Scenario #2

Went to the gym as soon as I finished my morning coffee, so my breakfast is my post-workout. 

ChoiceFish-based veggie bowl

vegan_veggiebowl
Image by ‘dietandhealthythings’ via Tumblr

Ingredients:

  • Salmon, tilapia or canned tuna in water (1 serving)
  • Asparagus or zucchini (should fill the majority of your plate)
  • Red bell peppers (1/4 serving)
  • Mushrooms (1/4 serving)
  • Onions (1/4 serving)
  • Avocado (1/2 serving)
  • Seasoning of your choosing


Lunch 

Usually, I have the same meal for lunch every day. The only things that I play around with are the protein and the seasoning.

Protein-based Veggie Extravaganza 

broccoli_vegan_bowl
Image by ‘justanothervegangirl’ via Tumblr

Ingredients:

  • Lean 99% fat-free turkey meat, grilled chicken or (rarely) lean ground-beef
  • Steamed broccoli and cauliflower (2 servings, one of each)
  • Cabbage (1 serving)
  • Spicy HEB mustard or wholegrain Dijon
  • Roasted & salted almonds, cashews or pistachios (I’m supposed to eat 1 serving, but to keep it 100% with you… more often than not, I eat 2-3 servings hahahaha.)
  • Seasoning of your choosing

*P.S. When it comes to the veggie portion of my meal, sometimes I’ll eat all three or pick one and increase the serving size. For example, instead of eating one serving of cabbage and one serving of cauliflower, I’ll eat two servings of broccoli.



Snacks

It’s important for you guys to know that I don’t snack throughout the day.

My meals are high in fiber and fat, so I’m pretty much full at all times. Also, I have really bad acid reflux, which makes me extremely sensitive to the amount of food I consume.


Din-Din (Two Scenarios, Three Options)

Scenario #1: I got home late and I’m hungry, but I’m too lazy to cook. 

Choice #1: Protein Oatmeal and Blueberries 

blueberry_oatmeal
Image by MirandaMunchies via Instagram

Ingredients:

  • Plain, quick-one-minute oats (2-3 servings)
  • Designer Chocolate Whey Protein (1 scoop)
  • Powdered Chocolate Peanut Butter or sunflower butter (1 serving)
  • Blueberries (1/2 cup)

Choice #2: Turkey Sandwich with Milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 40-calories wheat bread (2 slices)
  • Fat-free turkey ham (4 slices)
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Milk (2 cups)
  • Designer Whey Protein (1 scoop)

Scenario #2: Egg whites and turkey ham omelette with Air-Popped Popcorn 

Ingredients:

  • Egg whites (2 servings)
  • Fat-free turkey ham (2 slices)
  • Organic yellow popcorn, air-popped by me! (3 servings)

Obviously, I do change my meals once in a while. I don’t have a strict routine or anything. It all depends on what I feel like eating. Even though most of the food I eat is healthy, I do tend to over-eat, especially when it comes to my fats.

I don’t count my macros, but I can definitely tell whenever I’ve eaten past what I was supposed to. I’m human… what can I say? It happens.

Also, I don’t know if you noticed buuuuut I tend to eat the majority of my calories at night. I know people advise you to spread your calories throughout the day and to avoid eating too much before you go to bed, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter to me.

I’ve tried to eat my carbs before and after my workouts like most fitness professionals suggest, but I just didn’t see a significant change. Besides, I feel happier whenever I have my carbs at night while watching TV. It brings back my sanity. It’s how I choose to do it.

Is that the best time to eat most of your calories? Probably not.

Do I care? Nope.

Well, that’s all I have for you today. Feel free to let me know what you think about my eating habits. I’m dying to see what you think!

Love always,

Manuela

*Please note: All the images in this blog are not mine. Read the captions for more details, and feel free to tag the person who took it in here if you know!*

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