Hello lovelies! Hope you all had a fab week! Mine was a bit of a rollercoaster, but I’ll get to that soon a little later in my post!
Before I get cracking on my meals for the week, I just wanted to let you know that these What I Ate posts are here so you can:
- Enjoy a sneaky peek into everything I ate (don’t worry, no judgement here, I also find it weirdly interesting to see what other people eat)
- See that even though I’m a nutritionist, naturopath (to be) and all round foodie, I don’t follow any strict diets, and eat relatively “normal meals” (i.e things other than green smoothies and superfood everything)
- Know that it is totally fine to enjoy the delicious pleasures in life like wine, chocolate, pastries and cheese while still living a healthy lifestyle
- Understand that eating intuitively and being in tune with your body’s needs and wants is the best way to look after yourself, rather than forcing diets and restrictions onto it
Now, let’s get into it!
On Friday after work, I stopped in at our favourite Chinese BBQ restaurant and picked up some roast duck for our take away night. I served it up with some basmati and a quick veggie stir fry I made.
Saturday we decided to go to Ikea to get some containers. We have this frustrating problem of a million containers and no lids. People complain about the washing machine eating socks. I have a problem with my cupboards swallowing up my lids. Seriously, where do they go?
Anyway, Ikea was having a sale on containers (a pack of 17 for $2!). We ended up coming home with 2 packs, bedsheets, a few plates and chopping board. Still stayed within our budget of $50, so happy!
The rest of the day was spent relaxing at home. I flicked through the new Ikea catalogue dreaming of my future home, then we had dinner which was leftover duck, basmati rice and a chopped salad.
Sunday morning, we went out the opening of a new local cafe called The Picnic Burwood for breakfast. It was so cute you guys! I love that we don’t have to travel far to get ourselves a very Grounds of Alexandria-esque breakfast/brunch on the weekends. I’ll post all of the snaps tomorrow, but for now, here’s a little sneak peek!
We spent the rest of the morning grocery shopping and then I got started on meal prep while Jared did other stuff around the place. I have to note here that he did 3 loads of laundry, hung it all up, put it all away, ironed our work clothes AND put new sheets on our bed. I was in awe. I didn’t question it, I just hugged him profusely to thank him. It’s so nice to have a helping hand. It’s even nicer when you don’t have to ask for it!
For our meal prep, I made us two types of no-blend bliss balls. Yep, no blend. It was a total game changer! This will be up on the blog next week!
I also made a really gorgeous looking roast beetroot, kale and quinoa salad for our lunches for Monday and Tuesday. This recipe will be up soon! I figured that I could just use leftovers from dinner for the rest of the days as I had plans to make things like spaghetti bolognese for dinner this week and we always have leftovers from that.
After meal prep, I went for a run. My first run in probably a good couple of months, actually! I aimed for 3km, and I hit my goal which I was super happy about! Pace was terrible (average of 7min 30secs per km), but it’s to be expected after taking some time off. I honestly just felt great to be running again!
For dinner, I cooked up some salmon tails we bought at the new fish shop in Burwood Westfields – Hook Line and Sinker. It’s got a great spread of various and a small take away section attached to it too where you can get freshly cooked seafood, chips and salad there too. I picked up a small container of seafood salad and some smoked salmon while we were there too. The seafood salad was a real treat, we haven’t had it in so, so long! Seafood sticks are highly processed (much like lunch meats etc) and pretty nutritionally empty, but I can’t help but love them. I don’t eat them very often, but when I do, I definitely don’t beat myself up over it. (You gotta live a little, right?).
I rubbed the salmon skin in H salt (Himalayan salt), pepper and olive oil and then fried it skin side down in some organic butter. I then sprinkled over a bit more H salt, pepper and garlic powder onto the top as it cooked. After it browned and crisped up nicely, I flipped it over and cooked it for another 2-3 minutes. I served it with a little seafood salad and a chopped salad (lettuce, tomato and red onion).
We relaxed the rest of the night with some movies!
(Meat Free) Monday
I did my usual sun salutations, lots of stretching (I was a bit sore from my run) followed by ACV tea.
For breakfast we had: scrambled organic eggs and halloumi cooked in butter, and kale chips (kale tossed in olive oil, H salt, pepper and garlic powder).
For our meals, I packed: beet and kale quinoa salad for lunches, and bliss balls and fruit for our snacks. I also packed buckwheat crispbreads to keep at work.
I ate the snacks at about 11, lunch around 1ish and then had a couple of buckwheat crispbreads in organic PB at about 4.
For dinner, it was one of those rare occasions where Jared and I ate different meals. I spotted shiitake mushrooms at the shops and reallly wanted some so I bought them. They’re hands down my favourite mushroom, but Jared isn’t a fan unless they’re finely chopped up in my shiitake and tempeh potstickers (it’s a texture thing apparently). So I made myself a shiitake and eggplant stirfry for dinner and made him a stuffed tofu and veggie stuffed omelette. Both were super simple to make, so it didn’t take me too much extra time.
I also had a little snack while I was cooking: half a rice cake topped with a small slice of brie and a few organic raisins (I love dried fruit and brie together – anyone else a big fan of that too??)
Eggplant and shiitake stir fry: I used basically the same recipe as this>>, but I added 3/4 of a large eggplant and added a few tablespoons of water every minute or so, until the the egpgplant had cooked through. I had it on some basmati rice and it was so delicious! I love eggplant and shiitake together, think I’ll grab some more on our Sunday grocery shopping trip and make this again for my meal prep and do a proper recipe, what do you think?
Stuffed Omelette: Capsicum, onion and organic tofu stir fried in a little sesame oil, with a splash of GF kikkoman soy sauce and pepper added in for seasoning. Jared then seasoned his eggs (I’m not sure what he put in it, he always throws in such a random mix haha), and I cooked it like a regular omelette, before adding the tofu and veggies back in and folding it over. He had it on some basmati too!
AVC tea and yoga followed by breakfast: eggs, haloumi, kale chips and smoked salmon for Jared. (Note: I practically had a melt down when his eggs cracked and didn’t cook nicely – anyone else get emotional over less than perfect meals like me?)
Snacks and lunch were also the same as Monday!
I wasn’t really feeling any of it though, even though I loved everything the day before. I just wasn’t as hungry for a good portion of the day, and I was so tired and unmotivated too. I quickly realised that it wasn’t my food, it was outside factors affecting my appetite. And those outside factors were to do with letting my actual work (including my blogging work) and course work build up because I wasn’t getting myself organised. And instead of using that as motivation to get working, I was letting it sit in the back of my mind, build up and stress me out. It wasn’t healthy. At this point of realisation, I physically got up, made myself a cup of tea and got my sh*t sorted (for lack of a better term). I cleaned my work desk, wrote up a task list and tied up all the loose ends that I’d been avoiding. I also set out a study timetable to get myself back into it. I felt 100x better. And by the time I walked out of work, I was starving. Weird, huh?
That night Jared and I were actually going out on a little date to see one of my favourite acts Purity Ring at the Opera House. I’d been looking forward to it for weeks and weeks and the time had finally come! It wasn’t until 9pm though, so we had dinner and drinks at Helm Bar first. They had a $10 Steak Special on Tuesday’s, so that’s what we ordered. Pretty good quality for the price, I was starving so there wasn’t one bit of food left after I was done with it!
We also drank (probably too much) red wine before and during the event. I felt like I was 21 again, being totally rebellious and drinking on a school night, haha! We had so much fun walking through the city and dancing/singing our hearts out at the concert though. We didn’t get home until just after midnight! The show was amazing though, totally worth the late night! Nothing I could fault, it was everything I had hoped for. I probably fell asleep with the biggest smile on my face!
We were both pretty tired the next day. I didn’t do any yoga or make an ACV tea and Jared didn’t even make it to work! I went though, one of us had to be the responsible adult ;).
I surprisingly felt great, no headache or hangover so I was super happy about that. I thought for sure at my 26 years of age, I’d be in a lot more strife. But I guess I got lucky! I was a bit tired and really thirsty though. I skipped cooking breakfast, and treated myself to a trip to Bourke St Bakery instead.
On the way, I got myself a Nudie juice. Coffee was not on my agenda that day, and I was really craving juice so I got this one. I don’t often buy fruit juice because of all the sugar, but Wednesday was one of those days I was willing to make an exception.
At Bourke St Bakery, I ordered myself a cheese and tomato croissant. It was exactly what the doctor ordered to get me awake and alive for the day!
For my morning snack, I had a bliss ball. I didn’t feel like much else.
For lunch, I was back at Bourke St, but this time I got their Reuben sandwich: wagyu beef, sour cabbage and cheese on light rye. This is one of my all time favourite sandwiches of theirs!
I also usually only get through abut 3/4 of this, and leave the rest for my afternoon tea. But it was all gone that day in one sitting!
Afternoon tea was 2 buckwheat crispbread with organic PB and a cup of green tea!
Dinner was cooked by Jared, which I was totally grateful for. I was buggered by the time I got home!
I had a snack while I waited: half a rice cake, brie and organic raisins.
He cooked us some kanga bolognese with loads of organic veggies that we got delivered that afternoon. I think he put in: onions, zucchinis, capsicums and kale. He also threw in some olives too. He served it on GF spaghetti and topped it with cheese. It was delish!
We were back to our usual routine on Thursday! I didn’t do any yoga, but I did have an ACV tea while Jared had his lemon water.
Breakfast was the same as Tuesday!
Lunches were: Leftover bolognese for Jared, and an avo, tomatoes and smoked salmon for me (I planned to put them on some buckwheat crispbreads at work).
Snacks were: bliss balls and fruit (I still had my fruit leftover from Tuesday to eat at work).
I was craving nuggets, so on the way home from work I picked up some chicken and polenta and made spicy polenta crumbed baked chicken nuggets with a lime and sriracha dipping sauce. SO GOOD!! (Don’t worry, I’ll definitely be posting the recipe for this!).
We had them with basmati rice and salad!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s recap! Today I totally spoiled myself and stopped in at Bourke St to pick up a haloumi and spinach wrap for breakfast (which I’ve already tucked into and it was amazing as always), and their potato pie for lunch (I haven’t had a potato pie in so many years – I’m so excited).
It’s been a long week (work wise) and I am totally ready to relax tonight then spend my weekend celebrating a friend’s birthday. What are your plans for the weekend, anything exciting?
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